Thursday, January 31, 2008

Mackintosh Library Closure

The Mackintosh Library will close on Thursday 31 January 2008 for essential conservation and repair works to its fabric as part of the Heritage Lottery funded Mackintosh Conservation and Access Project.
The Mackintosh Library will remain closed for the duration of these works, with work scheduled to finish on 3 March 2008. Details of the reopening of the Mackintosh Library will be confirmed at a later date.
The Library apologises for the inconvenience this closure may cause. Readers are reminded that the Main Library, which houses that majority of our collections, will remain open for the duration of the Mackintosh Library closure.

Thursday, January 24, 2008


YOUR FEEDBACK IS REQUIRED! Help shape the future provision of texts in e-book format. Enter the prize draw for £200 worth of Amazon vouchers.
The survey will close at midnight on Friday 15th February.

Students click here:

Staff click here:

The survey should only take about 10 minutes to complete. It is part of the JISC funded national project investigating e-books. The project has provided institutions with 36 ebooks. These are available via the GSA Library catalogue.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Quick Reference Collection

The Library's Quick Reference Collection includes dictionaries, directories, encyclopaedias, almanacs, yearbooks, bibliographies and other reference works and is situated next to the photocopiers in the Main Library. These items are consulted regularly and cannot be borrowed but can be used to answer all kinds of general reference enquiry.
We are currently comprehensively weeding this collection, removing material that is no longer relevant or has been superseded. We're also sourcing up-to-date versions of many texts. This is all part of a longer-term plan to rebrand this collection as a Research Support Collection, making it much more relevant to the developing research needs of our students and staff, from undergraduate to research level.

Online Resources: Now Easier to Find

We've now added records for all our online resources to the Library Catalogue, making them even easier to discover and use. Records include links through to the resource in question, details of coverage dates where known, and information on how to access the resource, particularly if an Athens account is required.
We've also mapped our entire journals collection to our online resources, and added notes to all journal records pointing you to online resources that index them or else provide full-text access, like JSTOR.

New Online Resource: JSTOR

Over the last year the Library has received several requests for access to JSTOR, the scholarly archive of full-text journal articles in a variety of arts and humanities subjects. We are pleased to report that we have now subscribed to this resource, providing our students and staff with access to this invaluable resource.
JSTOR offers researchers the ability to retrieve high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. The journals archived in JSTOR span many disciplines. The Library now subscribes to Arts and Humanities Collections I, II and III. A list of titles included in these collections is available at
JSTOR is perfect if you want to access interdisciplinary articles online, from on-campus or from home. All you need is your Athens account, which can be requested at the Library Service Desk.
Access: Athens

Artists' Books: Now Easier to Find

The GSA Library has one of the best collections of artists' books in the UK. Artists' books are books produced by artists themselves, often by subverting or manipulating the book form or its text to create new unexpected juxtapositions. We stock artists' books from people such as Ed Ruscha, Sol LeWitt, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Christian Boltanski, and Gilbert and George.
Our artists' books are now even easier to find. We've added an option to restrict your catalogue searches to this collection via the Collections drop-down list in the Library Catalogue. In addition we've also completely recatalogued the collection, so the catalogue now contains details about designers, printers, fonts and typefaces used.
All artists' books are housed in the Mackintosh Library and can be consulted on a reference only basis.

New Online Resource: 19thc Newspapers

'19th Century British Library Newspapers' is now available to all GSA students and staff through your Athens account. This resource gives you instant access to some 2 million newspaper pages from the national and regional press of the period. The database is fully searchable, and newspaper images can be magnified for easier reading or reduced for on screen navigation. You can save and print article images, create persistent links and email them to others, and there is even background information about individual newspapers.
Access: Athens

Planning Dissertations

We've recently added more than 100 dissertations to the Library from the Mackintosh School of Architecture. Spanning the period 1973-1981, they have a particular focus on planning and urban renewal in Glasgow and the West of Scotland, and most feature useful maps and images from the period. Details can be found on the Library Catalogue, and like all our dissertations, they can be used for reference in the Library.

Collection Development Policy

Our new Collection Development Policy sets out how we aim to enhance and develop our collections for today and for the future. It details how we decide what to add to the collection, and how we aim to balance the competing needs of all our students, staff and researchers. Our new Collection Development Policy is available to view on the Library website.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

More evening Writing Workshops with Liz Lochhead

By popular demand, we are once again holding evening writing workshops with our Writer In Residence, Liz Lochhead.

These will be every Tuesday evening from 5.15 to 7.15pm in the first floor of the Library and are open to all GSA staff and students. Workshops begin Tuesday 15th January.

Numbers are limited so sign up asap with Kate Donnachie in HR. E-mail: or telephone 0141 353 4463

Monday, January 07, 2008

First floor and Computer Centre now open!

The Computer Centre and first floor Library resources have been partially opened after a fire broke out in the Bourdon Building over the Xmas break. Some of the computers are still being cleaned but access to our current journals and around half of the computers is now available. We expect the area to be back to normal operation in the next couple of days.

DVD and Video Loan Periods Extended

In direct response to student feedback, the loan period for DVDs and videos has been extended from 2 days to 1 week, effective from 10th January 2008. Please note that DVDs and videos must be returned by 2pm on the 7th day of issue, after which overdue charges will apply. Our overdue charges remain unchanged.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Computer Centre and Library first floor closed 03/01/08 and 04/01/08

The Computer Centre and first floor Library resources will be unavailable on the 3rd and 4th of January 2008 due to a fire in the Bourdon building over the Xmas break. The soot and aftermath of the fire is being cleaned over these two days and during the following weekend. We are unable to allow access to the first floor during this period due to health and safety reasons. There will be an update on Monday 7th January with more information regarding when we expect access to return to normal. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and wish you all a Happy New Year!