Monday, December 15, 2008

Archives and Collections Christmas Closure

The Archives and Collections Centre will be closed over the Christmas period between 19 December and 05 January. All emails or telephone messages received over this period will be addressed after we re-open in January 2009.

Fashion illustration by Margaret Oliver Brown c1950 (DC 51)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Christmas Opening Hours

The Library will be open at the following times during the Christmas season:
Mon 15 - Fri 19 Dec: 9.30 - 16.45 (CLOSED Weds 17 Dec 12.00 - 14.00)
Mon 22 Dec: 9.30 - 16.45
Tues 23 Dec: 9.30 - 15.30
Weds 24 Dec - Sat 3 Jan: CLOSED
Mon 5 Jan: Normal opening hours resume

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Disruption to Library Catalogue

Disruption to Library System
Friday 12th – Monday 15th December

There will be disruption to the Library System from 3pm on Friday 12th December until 5pm on Monday 15th December.

This means the online catalogue will be unavailable temporarily for periods of time both in the Library and remotely. This is due to essential network maintenance.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Library Services at GSA

A presentation by Subject Librarians Duncan Chappell and David Buri made during a library visit organised by the Career Development Group (CDG) Scottish Division (a special interest group of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Taylor and Francis Online Archive of 28 Geography, Planning, Urban and Environment Journals,

The Library now has a subscription to the Taylor and Francis Online Archive of 28 Geography, Planning, Urban and Environment journals, providing full-text access to backfiles in these journals published before 1996.
A large number of journals included in this resource are affiliated with organisations, for example the Journal of Architecture jointly published with the Royal Institute of British Architects, European Planning Studies published with the Association of European Schools of Planning, and Scottish Geographical Journal which is the official journal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.
Long-standing and established journals are included, such as Regional Studies (first published in 1967), Journal of Environmental Planning and Management (1958), and Landscape Research (1968).
Access: On-campus access only

Friday, October 31, 2008

Archives News: October 2008

The new Archives and Collections Centre is now open delivering improved access to GSA's historical collections. The centre provides work space for individual researchers and study groups, projector/presentation facilities, and open access reference material. Users are able to visit the centre and view the collections in person by appointment. More information about our opening times and collections can be found on our new webpages at:

The Archives and Collections Centre is located in the basement of the School's Mackintosh Building. This room is shown on Mackintosh's original 1910 plans as a 'boiler room' and more recently housed plant equipment and workshop facilities. The walls of the room have been stripped back to reveal the original brick work and the original doors and windows have been restored. Selected artworks from the collections and GSA student photographs decorate the space. All of this work was undertaken as part of GSA's HLF funded Mackintosh Conservation and Access Project.

Monday, October 27, 2008



Wednesday 29th October 2008
Library 1st Floor
Computer Centre
12.30 – 1.30p.m.

The Library Forum is an opportunity for students and Library staff to meet to discuss and develop ideas which will enhance the Library and Learning Resources services.

We would be delighted if you came along to give us your views on the service.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Direct Links to Online Journals in Library Catalogue

We've just updated all the links to online journals in the Library Catalogue.
Now, instead of being directed to the homepage of the journal's online platform, you will be directed straight to the homepage of the journal itself, meaning you can get straight to the content you need quickly and easily.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

New & Improved Photocopying Service

The Library has great new and improved photocopying services. Five new colour copiers have been installed into the Library. Four have placed on the ground floor and one has been placed upstairs in the reading area. The cost of colour copying has been reduced and there is no need to buy a photocopy card any more. The prices are as follows:



A4 B&W 5p

A3 B&W 9p

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

GSA Library Bookplates Through the Years

The recent Library Booksale provided a great opportunity to rescue some former GSA Library bookplate designs from withdrawn items.
The GSA Library bookplate has undergone a number of design changes over the years, with each example reflecting the particular design ethos of the age: from the medieval styling of the St Mungo plate and the Germanic appeal of the Eagle design, to the simpler and more minimal designs of the 70s and current day.

Thursday, August 14, 2008


We are now able to transfer any recorded item of our VHS collection onto DVD. Please note that this facility only applies to items we have recorded from television. If there is any title you would like to see added to the DVD collection that we currently hold on VHS please email with your suggestion and we will make a copy as soon as we are able.

There are many fascinating and potentially very useful programmes covering art, design and architecture that have been recorded on video over the years, as well as hundreds of great films so it is well worth having a look.

Lighting Works in the Library

Sections of lighting on the ground floor of the Main Library are being improved and upgraded over the coming days. The Library will remain open during these works, though some sections may be closed off when necessary for health and safety reasons. To access any titles in closed off areas, just ask at the Library Service Desk. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Instant Translation of Library Blogs

In common with the wider GSA, our library readers and visitors come from many different parts of the world. To make our information even more accessible to our international users we've just added a Google Translate widget to all our blogs. This lets you translate any post in one of 23 languages in an instant, including Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese and Swedish.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Archives News: July 2008

During July the Archives and Collections team began to move items into our new storage areas. Three new stores have been created as part of The School’s Mackintosh Conservation and Access Project. These areas have been specially designed to accommodate the wide range of storage needs our archives require. One store has been fitted with compact roller shelving to house paper and photographic archives and with drawers to hold our glass plate negative collection. Another store contains plan chests, also on roller bases, providing high density storage for our collections of architectural drawings, posters and outsize paper items. Our final store houses wide span shelving and a hanging system for housing our boxed and rolled textiles respectively. All of these areas have been fitted with climate control and environmental monitoring equipment, ensuring they provide first-class storage conditions for the ongoing preservation of our collections. The stores are located in close proximity to our new reading room (due to open in Autumn 2008), allowing for easy access to items requested by visitors. More information on the launch of our new reading room facilities will appear here in the near future.

Archives News is a monthly update on what's been happening with The Glasgow School of Art's archive collections.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

New! Library Homepage

Our new library homepage now contains lots of dynamic content updated in real-time: from covers of new art, design and architecture books just added to Library stock, to RSS feeds of Library news and Flickr images from collections held in the School's Archives.

Graphic Novels Collection

The Library's growing collection of graphic fiction has moved! You'll now find all graphic novels on the walkway of the Library's mezzanine level, shelved alphabetically for easy browsing. If you're new to graphic novels, why not read the Library's guide?

New! Fiction Collection

We've recently increased our holdings of contemporary and classic fiction titles substantially, creating a whole new collection within the Library in the process. You'll now find all novels, plays, screenplays, short stories, anthologies and poetry on the walkway of the Library's mezzanine level, simply shelved alphabetically for easy browsing. Here you'll find titles by writers as diverse as De Beauvoir, Ballard, Eggers, Welsh, Lessing, Rushdie, Vonnegut, Bukowski, Amis, Kerouac, Bulgakov, Wyndham, O'Brien... and many, many more!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Archives News: June 2008

The Glasgow School of Art Archives have started to make digital images of our collections available online via the Flickr website. A selection of images from our photographic archives has been uploaded. These include images of GSA staff and students from the 1890s – 1990s and examples of 19th century photographs taken by Duncan Brown, a former employee of the School and a talented amateur photographer. Some images of our textile collections have also been added, such as the red woven Portuguese apron shown here.

We plan to keep adding images to the site, including more photographs and textiles, along with examples of our architectural archives and Charles Rennie Mackintosh holdings. High resolution versions of the images can be requested by contacting the Archivist at

Archives News is a monthly update on what's been happening with The Glasgow School of Art's archive collections.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Illuminations TV

The company that produce the Illuminations series of DVDs (which include theEye series) have recently set up a dedicated TV channel on the internet site Youtube. At present they have 21 videos posted including short films and extracts from their arts documentaries. This is a great way of getting a quick look at the kind of material Illuminations provide and serves as a handy 'taster' for the rest of the DVD series (of which we have many). You can access the Illuminations TV channel here.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Review of Journal Subscriptions

We have recently undertaken a comprehensive review of our current journal subscriptions, to ensure that our journals remain relevant and useful to the developing learning, research, teaching and leisure needs of our users.
A number of new titles have been recommended for subscription by our Subject Librarians, with some current titles recommended for discontinuation.
These recommendations are now available for consultation, and we want to hear your opinions or feedback.
Our consultation document will be available to view on the Library Website until 31 October 2008.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

New Animation DVDs

Over the last couple of weeks we have added some excellent animation DVDs to the collection. Produced by the British Animation Awards these ten DVDs showcase a vast array of award-winning and groundbeaking animations.

The first six DVDs (DVD 990-995) focus on the British Animation Awards themselves with a selection of the best animations from the last 10 years of the bi-annual competition. The next two DVDs (DVD 996 & 997) focus exclusively on British animation and present some of the finest animations produced in this country over the last 35 years. On these discs you'll find gems like the haunting 1983 sci-fi short 'Skywhales' and the gothic, Gorey-influenced 'Sandman'. The final two discs present international animation classics (DVD 998) and the best of French computer animation (DVD 999) repsectively.

These DVDs should be of great use to any aspiring animator or filmmaker and of great interest to everyone else.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Open Access Peer-Reviewed Journals Added to Library Catalogue

We've just added Library Catalogue records for over 75 peer-reviewed open-access journals in the arts and humanities.
These journals are mostly published in electronic form only, and are all available online without subscription. Peer-reviewed and mostly published by professional organisations and bodies or university research departments, they provide quality and authoritative articles on a range of subjects. Subjects covered include new media and technology, anthropology, philosophy, architecture, art and design, psychology and cultural theory.
You'll now find hyperlinks for all these journals via a keyword or title search in the Library Catalogue.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Archives News: May 2008

Conservation work is almost complete on GSA Archives’ Poster Collection. This collection comprises over 200 posters dating from 1960s – 1990s. Most of the posters relate to events held at The Glasgow School of Art such as degree shows, artists’ talks, fashion shows and student activities. Many of these were designed and printed in-house at GSA. The image shown here is a detail from a fashion show poster designed by the School’s Head of Printing, Robert Stewart. There are also a selection of posters relating to exhibitions of work by GSA staff and students held at GSA and at other venues.

Most of the posters are paper based. These have been mechanically cleaned and flattened with paper repairs carried out using a selection of high quality Japanese papers and a wheat starch paste adhesive. Several posters had damaging adhesive residues and tapes adhered to the verso and these were all removed successfully. They are now stored individually within polyester enclosures to ensure their long term preservation.

A small number of posters are printed textiles. These items have undergone light cleaning and repair where appropriate. The posters have now been given custom made storage using high quality conservation grade materials and are now stored rolled alongside other textile collections.

All treatments are fully reversible and have been documented and attached to the catalogue. This conservation work is part of the School's HLF funded Mackintosh Conservation and Access Project.

Archives News is a monthly update on what's been happening with The Glasgow School of Art's archive collections.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Increased Holdings in Philosophy and Social and Cultural Theory

We're just purchased a considerable number of new titles on philosophy, cultural theory, sociology, psychology and anthropology. This is in response to feedback from our students and researchers, and has enabled us to plug gaps in our collection in these areas. Our expanded holdings in these subjects will help us to serve the increasing emphasis on interdisciplinary study within art and design.
Holdings for the following writers and theorists have all been vastly expanded. Full details of all the titles can be found in the Library Catalogue.
  • Adorno, Agamben, Althusser, Arendt
  • Badiou, Barthes, Bataille, Blonsky, Bourriaud, Buber
  • Camus, Chomsky, Confucius
  • De Beauvoir, Debord, DeLanda, Deleuze, Derrida, Descartes, Durkheim
  • Engels
  • Foucault, Freud, Fromm
  • Gadamer, Galbraith, Girard, Gramsci, Guattari
  • Habermas, Hayek, Hegel, Heidegger, Horkheimer
  • Irigaray
  • Jung
  • Kant, Kierkegaard, Klein, Kropotkin
  • Lacan, Laclau, Lenin, Levi-Strauss, Levinas, Lyotard
  • McLuhan, Marx, Mauss, Merleau-Ponty, Mouffe
  • Negri, Niebuhr, Nietzsche
  • Popper
  • Ranciere, Ricoeur, Rousseau, Russell
  • Said, Sartre, Saussure, Schopenhauer
  • Veblen, Virilio
  • Weber, Williams, Wittgenstein
  • Zizek

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

New Fine Art DVDs- Jake Auerbach Films

We have recently added to the collection three DVDs from Jake Auerbach Films. Jake Auerbach, the son of painter Frank Auerbach, specialises in producing films that take a unique and in-depth look at the creative processes of some of Britain's greatest artists. Lucian Freud: Portraits (DVD 961) uses interviews with some of Freud's most famous sitters (including David Hockney and the Duke of Devonshire) to build up a picture of Freud himself. In John Virtue: London (DVD 965) Jake Auerbach follows the reclusive painter from Greenwich to Trafalgur Square as he works at painting the capital. Interestingly the film Frank Auerbach: To the Studio (DVD 975) is not directed by the subject's son, but by Hannah Rothschild. It captures the spirit and atmosphere of the notoriously prolific painters creativity through interviews with him and his sitters. You can visit Jake Auerbach's myspace page here for film clips and news on events.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Fine Art DVDs - theEye

TheEye is a series of interview-based profiles of contemporary visual artists in Britain. Each film provides an overview of an artist's work and ideas, and is illustrated by footage of key exhibitions and installations around the world. The films offer rare and personal insights into the creative process and influences of many reknowned contemporary artists. The Library now stocks all of theEye series on either DVD or VHS with a view to obtaining the full range on DVD in the coming months. To see the full list of artists available, along with the DVD/Videotape class numbers go to the library search page and type "theEye" in the keyword box. You can do this here.

Monday, May 19, 2008

DVD just in- The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption (DVD 954) was released in 1995 to glowing reviews but a less than impressive showing at the box office. Warner Brothers struggled to get across the moral and philosophical scope of the picture in a two minute trailer and the masses stayed away, apparently convinced it was just your average prison-drama. However in the years that followed the film defied expectations and generated a huge word-of-mouth buzz that ensured it enjoyed great success on the home video market. Its popularity remains such that it is regularly ranked among the greatest films of all time and is currently the jointly best rated film by users of the Internet Movie Database. The film tells the story of a friendship that develops between two convicted murderers in the massive Shawshank Sate Prison who, in the face of the myriad difficulties of prison life, strive to retain their sense of dignity and integrity. Through acts of common decency they inspire those around them- ultimately showing prisoners and guards alike the importance of friendship and the power of hope.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

New DVDs in the Library

Over the last few months we have been expanding the DVD collection with many new titles. There is Lars von Trier's extraordinary Dancer in the Dark and the highly acclaimed dark fantasy Pan’s Labyrinth from director Guillermo Del Toro. We also have some of the best recent independent US films like the meditative Old Joy and the touching Junebug. Those of a nervous disposition should probably avoid The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and instead go for the groundbreaking anime fantasy Little Norse Prince which is one of the first films to feature the talents of the legendary Hayao Miyazaki. In addition we've got some old classics like The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Godzilla and both of James Whale's classic 1930s Frankenstein movies. From the small screen there are three great Natural World films- Lobo; Reindeer Girls and Moose in the Glen as well as some of the best recent art and architecture series including: Picture This; The Genius of Photography; This is Civilisation; Jonathan Meades Magnetic North and Dan Cruickshank's Adventures in Architecture. Go to the DVD shelves for a full alphabetical list and to check for all the latest additions.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Northern Italian Sketchbook

The Archive here at Glasgow School of Art holds an original sketchbook used by the celebrated architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh during a tour of continental Europe in 1891. Funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has enabled the digitisation of this unique resource and the creation of a website which presents both the sketchbook and the results of additional research into it. The website also includes maps and photographs, and is searchable and browseable.
Access: Free

Library Releases Updated Listings of Peer-Reviewed Journals

To support the School's growing research culture, the Library has just compiled updated listings of peer-reviewed journals in its 3 subject disciplines, plus Cultural Studies, Media and Film. Articles in these journals all undergo peer review as part of the editorial process, and publication of research findings within these journals is therefore well-respected. Our listings provide a useful and convenient way for GSA academics and researchers to identify potential routes to publication.

Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education

We have just activated online access to the Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education. Now all our students and staff can access back issues of this journal direct online, back to Vol. 3 in 2004. Access is available from on-campus only.
Access: On campus access only.

Journal of Visual Arts Practice

We have just activated online access to the Journal of Visual Arts Practice. Now all our students and staff can access back issues of this journal direct online, back to Vol. 4 in 2005. Access is available from on-campus only.
Access: On campus access only.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Archives News: April 2008

During April we have been working on our Gillespie, Kidd and Coia archive. The records of this celebrated architectural firm were gifted to The Glasgow School of Art in 2001. They include job files, photographs and drawings for all of the firm's major projects from the late 1950s-1980s, a total of over 18,000 items!

We are currently cataloguing and conserving this material in order to make it more accessible to users. This has been made possible by two HLF funded projects: Gillespie Kidd and Coia: Architecture 1956-1987 and The Mackintosh Conservation and Access Project Over half of the material has already been catalogued and a new Project Archivist, Mark Tripney has just started with us to continue this work. The material has recently been relocated to an area adjacent to our conservation studio - allowing our paper conservator, Ann Evans, easy access to the large architectural drawings she is working on.

The archive has already been used by researchers, architects, designers and journalists and we hope to make it even more accessible by putting the full catalogue online in 2009.

Archives News is a monthly update on what's been happening with The Glasgow School of Art's archive collections.

Monday, April 21, 2008

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Friday, April 04, 2008

Improved Access to Newspaper Articles

We've just updated information on our newspaper subscriptions on both the Library Catalogue and Library Website, making it even easier to search for articles on particular subjects within the Guardian, Herald, Independent, Observer, Scotsman, Sunday Times and Times.
  • We've added links to the catalogue records of all newspapers, allowing you to access content online. Where archives are available, or where current current only is available, we've provided notes informing you of this.
  • We've also added information to the Times, alerting readers of the availability of Palmer's Index to the Times, available on CD-ROM in the Library and perfect if you want to search for articles on a particular subject.
  • For the Guardian and Observer, we've added links to the Guardian Digital Archive in the Library Catalogue. This indexes articles in the Guardian from 1821-1975 and in the Observer from 1900-1975. Searching is free, though full-text download is only available via personal subscriptions.
  • Finally we've added a link to 19th Century British Library Newspapers from the Herald in the Library Catalogue. This database is available to all GSA students and staff through an Athens account, and provides full-text articles from the Herald from 4 Feb 1820 - 31 Dec 1900.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Audio Arts Online

We've just added links to the Library Catalogue for all Audio Arts recordings that are available to listen to online. This magazine was originally published on audio cassette, before transferring to CD, and the Library holds an extensive run of recordings in these formats. Now when you search the Library Catalogue you'll see links wherever MP3 versions are available free online, courtesy of Tate.
The innovative audio magazine Audio Arts was established by Bill Furlong in 1973 to provide recordings of interviews and discussions with leading contemporary artists. Over the years those interviewed have included Tacita Dean, Tracey Emin, Gary Hume, Michael Craig-Martin, Vanessa Beecroft, Carl Andre and Joseph Beuys. The interviews provide an excellent opportunity to hear artists talking directly about their own work.
Access: Free

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Quick Reference Becomes Research Support

The former Quick Reference Collection in the Library, which housed key reference works for consultation, has been repurposed to better reflect the developing and changing learning, teaching and research needs of GSA students and staff.
We've withdrawn from stock several books that were out-of-date or superseded, and replaced them with up-to-date editions. We've also ordered in lots of new books to address developing areas of interest or research activity with the School. It's all part of our aim to address library collections to the important research and learning strategies of GSA.
Last but not least, we've also completely reclassified the collection, so that books are more coherently arranged on the shelves. You'll now find sections on research methods, citation and referencing, English language and grammar, foreign languages, copyright, designs and patents, and standards and product directories, along with all the usual encyclopaedias and dictionaries you would expect to find. A complete list of shelfmarks can be found on the Library website.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Graphic Novels Guide

We've been busy building up our collection of graphic novels here in the Library, and our new guide provides an accessible and colourful introduction to all the titles available in the Library. It includes details of titles and authors, along with short plot descriptions and cover scans. If you're new to graphic novels, why not give them a go?!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Online Journals via Blackwell Synergy

The Library has just activated online access to 4 journals via Blackwell Synergy. This provides online access to back-runs of the journals below back to 2006 in most instances. Access is available direct on campus only.
The journals covered are:
  • Art Book
  • Art History
  • International Journal of Art and Design Education
  • Journal of Architectural Education
Access: Free on campus only.

Online Journals via SAGE Journals Online

The Library has just activated online access to 7 key journals via SAGE Journals Online. GSA students and staff now have full-text access to entire back-runs of the journals below - Just simply login to SAGE Journals using your Athens account.
Journals covered are:
  • Animation
  • Arts and Humanities in Higher Education
  • Journal of Visual Culture
  • Lighting Research and Technology
  • Space and Culture
  • Sexualities
  • Urban Studies
Access: Athens

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Doesn't She Scrub Up Well??!!!

The Mackintosh Library has been enjoying a bit of a makeover recently, and is extremely excited to be showing off her rejuvenated features. A crack squad of primpers have been giving her timeless but aged facade a much-needed boost, and now she feels she has the bounce and allure of a library half her age. And all this has been achieved without a single micro-bead of pro-retinal A.
Until she's been dressed and deems herself presentable enough to face her public, here's a sneak preview of her new look. It will probably be another 100 years before she's seen in this minimalist state again.
Why take so much trouble and time over restoring her singular charms? In the immortal words of Andie McDowall.... Because she's worth it.

Installation of New Shelving in Main Library

We will soon be beginning a major programme of work within the Main Library to install new roller-racking on the stage area. This new shelving will greatly increase the amount of shelf space we have in this area of the Library, and is important for ensuring we can continue to accommodate the Library's growing collection.
Bound journals currently on the Library's mezzanine will be moving down onto the new roller-racking, with all our architecture and landscape design books moving up onto the mezzanine in their place.
We will be remaining open during the entire duration of these works in order to ensure that none of our students or staff are disadvantaged. However, there may be certain periods of time when some titles or runs of books are not available, either because they are in transit or for health and safety reasons.
Just ask at the Library Service Desk if you find that you are unable to access stock for whatever reason, and we'll do our best to get it to you as quickly as possible.

Mackintosh Library Closure: Update

The Mackintosh Library has been closed for the past few weeks in order to carry out conservation and restoration works on this unique interior as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Mackintosh Access and Conservation Project.
Now that conservation works are complete we will soon begin the long task of returning thousands of volumes to the Library from storage. In the process we will have to clean all the books before they can be returned to the shelves.
We currently plan to re-open the Mackintosh Library for the beginning of next term, around the 7th April. Although we will do everything we can to have the Library open as quickly as possible, please bear with us during this period.
We'll let you know about the reopening when this important programme of works is complete.