Archives News is a monthly update on what's been happening with The Glasgow School of Art's archive collections.
Tuesday, July 22, 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.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
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.
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?
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!