Thursday, February 28, 2008

Artists' Books by GSA Students Purchased for Library Collection

The Library currently has a small display of recent artists' books by GSA students that have been purchased for the Library's Artists' Books Collection. The display features interpretations of texts by Hemingway, Saki, Calvino and H. P. Lovecraft, and can be seen on the top floor of the Main Library next to the current journals.
The GSA Library has a superb and comprehensive collection of artists' books, featuring examples of work by internationally important artists such as Doug Aitken, Angela Bulloch, Olafur Eliasson, David Shrigley, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Peter Greenaway, Mike Nelson, and Thomas A. Clark.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Graphic Novels in the Library

We've just launched our new guide to graphic novels held in the Library. We have a growing collection of graphic novels covering a range of subjects: from politics to surrealist comedy, and from social issues to rites of passage. All graphic novels are shelved alphabetically by author at shelfmark 741.51, or full details can be found in the Library Catalogue. Our new guide provides a colourful introduction to the titles we hold, with cover artwork and short reviews.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Access to The Mackintosh Research Centre

The Heritage Lottery funded Mackintosh Conservation & Access Project is well underway and the new Mackintosh Research Centre and stores will soon be complete. The School's historic archive and artefact collections are now being relocated into these new facilities.

This unfortunately means that the Centre will not be able to offer a guaranteed service provision over the next few months. We will close from March to June 2008, and operate a reduced service provision thereafter until the official opening in Autumn 2008.

All efforts will be made to accommodate urgent research enquiries from staff and students. Please contact us to discuss how we might still be able to assist you during the period of closure. We would be grateful if non-urgent enquirers could postpone their requests until Autumn 2008, when normal levels of service will be resumed.

Further information on the project, access availability and staff contact details can be found on GSA's web pages at

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Welcome – New Library IT Technician Joins GSA

We’re pleased to welcome Andrew Lochhead who has joined the Computer Centre team on the first floor of the Library. Andrew will be helping members of staff and students with their IT queries, as well as maintaining the hardware in the Library and Computer Centre. You will find Andrew in the Computer Centre office now situated in the scanning room on a Monday, Thursday and Friday.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Library Secures Funding for InfosmART: Information Skills Online

The Library has recently successfully bid for funds from the GSA Innovation in Learning and Teaching Fund for our project InfosmART: Information Skills Online.
InfosmART will provide a portfolio of online interactive modules in information and research skills for the GSA learning, teaching and research communities. It will teach learners how to develop and improve their individual research and information handling skills through
a 3-step programme covering:
  • How to develop effective search strategies for information in a wide variety of media both online and through specialist databases
  • How to evaluate information for accuracy, relevance, currency, breadth, authority and other criteria
  • How to cite and reference information correctly and avoid plagiarism
The modules will encourage self-directed learning and will feature interactive elements such as online tests that enable learners to benchmark their information skills and check what they have learnt from the module.
Look out for further news on this exciting project over the coming months.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Planning Dissertations

We've recently added details of around 200 planning dissertations held by the Library, making them available to consult and study on a reference basis. The dissertations were produced from 1973-1981 and consist of design reports submitted to the Royal Institute of British Architects for Part 2 of the Examination in Architecture. They have a particular focus on planning and urban renewal in Glasgow and the West of Scotland. Details of all dissertations are now included in the Library Catalogue.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Welcome - New Library Assistant Joins GSA

We're pleased to welcome Denise Davie, who has joined our team of Library Assistants from this week. Denise will be involved in processing our new books and other library materials, and will be helping to staff the main issue desk.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

New! Online Access to 9 Key Journals

We've just activated online access to 9 of our key journals, enabling our users to access electronic versions of these journals as well as print versions in the Library.
The journals covered are:
  • City
  • Digital Creativity
  • History of Photography
  • International Journal of Art Therapy
  • Journal of Architecture
  • Third Text
  • Urban Studies
  • Visual Studies
  • Women: A Cultural Review
Access to the content of all these journals is now available via the InformaWorld platform. An Athens account is required both on and off-campus.
Access: Athens

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Library Closed Friday 8 February 2008

In common with the rest of GSA campus, the Library and Computer Centre will be closed on Friday 8 February 2008.
We will close at 7.45 pm on Thursday 7 February 2008, and reopen at 9.30 am on Monday 11 February 2008.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Art Therapy

Many of our students are interested in the field of art therapy, and we receive many requests for resources on this subject.
In response to this demand we have recently bought a number of titles from Jessica Kingsley Publishers, who specialise in art therapy titles and books of the interactions of arts and disabilities. All art therapy titles are shelved at
Newly acquired books look at art therapy for adolescents, the use of art journaling, art therapy as treatment for self-mutilation, art therapy for children, and art therapy for eating disorders. Look out for even more titles over the coming weeks.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Journals Survey

We are currently seeking feedback on the use of our journals collection and on our current subscriptions.
Tally sheets have been attached to the front covers of all current issues is our collection. If you find yourself using a particular journal in the Library, please take time to mark these tally sheets - the information we receive helps us to understand the different demands on our journals and to plan their future development.