Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Student IT Survey winner and Opening Hours!

Thanks to everyone who gave us feedback recently on the Library opening hours and who participated in the Student IT Skills Survey

The Student IT Skills Survey will be used to assist us in our planning to ensure students have access to the facilities and support they require. The lucky winner of the iPOD Shuffle was Amanda Lomax, Painting & Printmaking exchange student, pictured above.

Library Opening Hours have been increased a result of your feedback. The Library is now opening at 9am with services beginning at 9.15am. Saturday opening will remain from 12-4pm during term. We have also made provision to have IT support available during evening opening until 7pm Monday – Thursday.


Term time
Monday – Thursday 9am – 8pm (services begin at 9.15am)
Friday 9am – 5pm (services begin at 9.15am)
Saturday 12 noon – 4pm

Monday – Friday 9am – 4.45pm (services begin at 9.15am)

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Curator's Talk

Peter Trowles, Mackintosh Curator will provide a short 20-minute overview “The history and significance of the GSA’s collection of furniture by Charles Rennie Mackintosh”.
As one of the largest public collections of Mackintosh’s work anywhere, the GSA Collection has recently been awarded Significance status by Museums & Galleries Scotland. The GSA now joins a list of some 30 other Scottish museum and gallery collections that are recognised as being of National Significance to Scotland.
Venue: Mackintosh Furniture Gallery, basement corridor (east), Mackintosh Building, Wednesday 2 December, 12.30pm.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Student IT skills survey -** Win an iPod Shuffle**

Student IT skills survey ** Win an iPod Shuffle**

Please take the time to fill out our Student IT Skills Survey. This will help us to determine any training or additional support GSA students may require. It should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.

The survey is available online here or paper copies are available from Library Service Desk

Survey is open 16th – 23rd November

Thank you for your help.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

InfosmART Workshop, Weds 11 November 2009

Need help on how to reference a source, write a bibliography, or set out an essay? Librarian Duncan Chappell will be providing a short session of the Library's InfosmART site TOMORROW WEDS 11 NOVEMBER 2009 AT 12.30 ON THE TOP FLOOR OF THE LIBRARY. InfosmART provides a set of easy-to-follow interactive modules in finding, evaluating and citing information. Hosted on the VLE, the InfosmART resource provides an easy one-stop shop for all your information skills needs. This workshop forms part of the Library's 20/20 workshop programme.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Increased Library Opening Hours

Thank you to all who responded to our recent survey on opening hours. As a result from Monday 2nd November, the Library will be open from 9.00am with services starting at 9.15a.m.

The Library will continue to be open from 12 noon to 4pm on Saturdays.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Library Saturday Opening Hours Survey

Library staff are currently reviewing Saturday opening hours.
This survey will only take a few minutes to fill out and your feedback will help us ensure we provide you with the service you require.
Click Here to take the survey

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

MFA Dissertations

Master of Fine Art dissertations from former students at the Glasgow School of Art are now available for consultation in the Library, following transfer from the School of Fine Art. The dissertations cover a wide range of subjects, from virtual reality to public space, and are all now indexed in the library catalogue. As with other dissertations, access is reference only in the Library.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Louise Robertson, Paper Conservator

Louise Robertson is providing a 2o minute lunchtime session on Conserving the Collections: the Work of a Paper Conservator on Weds 7 Oct 2009. The session takes place at 12.30pm in the Paper Conservation Studio in the McLellan Galleries. Meet outside the Renfrew Street Entrance.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Free Artist Bookmarks

The Library is participating in the 2009 Bookmarks project, organised by the Centre for Fine Print Research and the University of the West of England, Bristol.
Participating artists each produce an edition of 100 bookmarks for free distribution. The bookmarks are collated into sets, with one full set sent to each artist, and the rest divided and sent in small boxes to participating galleries, bookstores and libraries for free distribution. Each bookmark is archived in the gallery section of the Bookmarks website, with the artist’s details.
You'll find this year's bookmarks at the library service desk - simply help yourself to the one you like best!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Computer Centre closed Monday 31st August

Due to a delay in building work, the Computer Centre will not be open on Monday 31st August. We hope to open on Tuesday 1st September and will keep you updated!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Computer Centre and Journal area closed 24th-28th August

The 1st floor of the Learning Resources Department is currently undergoing refurbishment to improve student facilities. In order to complete this work, the Computer Centre and Journal area will close from 24th– 28th August. The Lending Library however, will remain open throughout. We are attempting to keep disruption to a minimum and will continue with the provision of all library services. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

New study spaces and Computer Centre refurbishment - disruption to service

Work has commenced in the Library and Computer Centre to provide great new improved study spaces and computer centre.

There may be some disruption while this work is carried out, which we will do out best to keep to a minimum. We will keep you informed of progress.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Athens service continues

Further to the post on 13th July 2009 the Athens service has been extended and will not cease to function from 1st August 2009 as previously stated. The MyGSA service will be rolled out in due course and all Athens users will be kept informed. All Athens accounts will operate as normal until further notice.

Monday, July 13, 2009

New MyGSA service to replace Athens

New MyGSA service to replace Athens
As of the 1st August 2009 a new service will be launched to replace the Athens service which allows access to many online resources. The new MyGSA service allows staff and students to use their GSA login and password (as is already used for email, VLE etc) instead of a separate Athens login and password. No need to remember two different logins and passwords!

More information will be distributed by email and on Learning Resources blogs and website nearer to the 1st August, in the meantime Athens accounts will operate as usual.

Your Athens username/password will cease to function to access any electronic resources from the 1st August 2009.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Library Display: Ian Hamilton Finlay

This month's library display is of artists' books from Ian Hamilton Finlay's Wild Hawthorn Press. GSA Library has an extensive collection of Finlay's artist's books, with over 200 examples ranging from booklets, to postcards, to stamps. The display has been curated by Hanna Kilpi, our library placement volunteer.
"The art of Ian Hamilton Finlay is unusual for encompassing a variety of different media and discourses. Poetry, philosophy, history, gardening and landscape design are among the genres of expression through which his work moves, and his activities have assumed concrete form in cards, books, prints, inscribed stone or wood sculptures, room installations and fully realised garden environments. Common to all of Finlay's diverse production is the inscription of language - words, invented or borrowed phrases and other semiotic devices - onto real objects and thus into the world. That language inhabits, for Finlay, a material or real dimension gives rise to the two seemingly opposed but signal characteristics of his work."
For further information on Ian Hamilton Finlay see

Friday, June 05, 2009

Twitter Subscribe Option

We've added the option of subscribing to all our updates via Twitter, in addition to the email or RSS options we already provide.
Our Twitter feed brings together all our updates, including new art and design resources, new architecture resources, new books in the library, information skills news, Flickr uploads, general library news, and VLE news.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Now You Can Search Our Blogs

We've just added search functionality to all our blogs, allowing our readers to search for content across our blog postings, those of our friends, our external links, and links within blog posts. You'll find the search box in the sidebar menu.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Library Launches Information Skills Resource for the GSA Community

InfosmART is the GSA Library’s online interactive course in information and research skills. If you have ever struggled with writing bibliographies, conducting literature reviews, finding information, or referencing sources, then InfosmART is for you!
  • Learn how to select your sources and define your keywords.
  • Learn how to search your sources quickly and effectively.
  • Learn how to evaluate the information you find for currency, relevance, accuracy and methodology.
  • Learn how to cite the information you find as references and bibliographies in your own work.
You can find InfosmART under Students Services or Staff Services on the VLE.

Friday, May 22, 2009

InformaWorld Downtime Weds 27th May 2009

eJournals on the InformaWorld platform will be unavailable on Wednesday 27th May from 5:00am - 9:00am GMT. This is due to scheduled maintenance by the publisher. We apologie for any inconvenience this may cause.

Bank Holday Closure Monday 25 May 2009

The Library will be closed for the bank holiday Monday 25 May 2009. We will reopen on Tuesday 26 May.

Mackintosh Library Closed Friday 22 May 2009

The Mackintosh Library will not open today Friday 22 May 2009 due to staff shortages. We apologise for any inconvenience called. The Mackintosh Library will reopen on Tuesday 26 May 2009.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Materials Science Journals Now Available

Students, staff and researchers at GSA now have access to a number of cutting-edge science and materials publications from the Institute of Physics. These publications, which include titles such as Nonlinearity, Physiological Measurement, and Nanotechnology present extremely high quality cutting edge research. All titles are indexed in the Library Catalogue with links provided.
Access: Free on campus only

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Email notices - service restored

Email notices are once again being sent from The GSA Library. If you receive an overdue notice with an old date and have already returned the item please ignore it. We apologise for any inconvenience this disruption may have caused.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Library email notices

Library notices are not being sent via email at the moment due to a system problem. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and will notify users as soon as service returns to normal.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Saturday 2nd May - Library closed

The Library will be closed on Saturday 2nd May. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Bank Holiday Monday 4th May - Library closed

GSA Library will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday 4 th May. We will open as usual at 9.30am on Tuesday the 5th.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Win an iPod Shuffle!! Fill in our Library and VLE survey

Yes, it’s that time of the year again – but the good news is that we have combined the VLE and Library surveys so that you only have to fill in one survey this year. And, as usual, there is the chance to win an iPod Shuffle.

The survey is open for one week and will only take a few minutes of your time -but will help us enormously in making sure that what we offer is what you need!

Click Here to take survey

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Library Display: C'est Mon Dada

This month's library display is of artists' books in the C'est Mon Dada series.
C’est Mon Dada is a collection of small artists' books dedicated to experimental, concrete and visual poetry, or any work combining text and visual arts in the spirit of Dada or Fluxus.
The collection is published by Red Fox Press in Dugort, Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland. Each issue comes in A6 format with 40 pages. Previous contributors include Luc Fierens, Alec Finlay and Theo Breuer.
“C'est mon dada" is a French phrase meaning “It's my favourite thing” or “It's my hobby”. Dada in the language of French children means horse.
The display can be viewed on the top floor of the Main Library

Monday, March 30, 2009

Introducing the E-Team

A day in the life of Petar Jandric, GSA Learning Technologist and member of the Learning Resources team. Petar introduces some of the important work he and his e-learning colleagues are doing within Learning Resources at GSA, both with the VLE and e-learning.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Easier Access to Athens Resources

The GSA Library subscribes to a growing number of online resources, from full-text journals to image databases. In response to your feedback, we've altered how these resources appear once you have logged in to your Athens account.
All resources are now arranged by the type of resource (e.g. full-text journal articles), and then alphabetically. This is because you told us that you found it difficult to work out what you could use different resources for.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Plaster Cast Conservation

Thanks to the HLF funded Mackintosh Conservation and Access Project, we now have the resources to conserve the School’s collection of plaster casts. Work began in 2008 on the small casts and the conservators have now started on the larger casts within the Mackintosh building.

The casts are a significant collection dating from the mid to late 19th century and form a very important part of the GSA’s archives and collections. Their conservation means that they will be preserved as a useful resource for students whilst offering visitors to the School a chance to see these fantastic casts in their original surroundings of the world renowned Mackintosh building.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Library Secures Major Design Library of James Templeton & Co and Stoddard International

The design archive and heritage carpet collection of James Templeton & Co and Stoddard International, Scotland’s most successful carpet manufacturers, has been bought by the University of Glasgow in conjunction with Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow Museums with the assistance of a £172,000 grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.
As part of the project, the firm's former design library will come to Glasgow School of Art Library, along with a substantial number of large design folios that were used by the carpet designers to inform and inspire their work.
A long-term programme of work to catalogue the library and make it available for study will be formulated upon its arrival.
You can read the press release here:

Library Display: Pop-Up Artists' Books

The latest display of works from the Library's Artists' Books Collection highlights pop-up books and structures.
Kara Walker's Freedom: A Fable tells the narrative tale of a 19th century negress, presented as a Victorian pastiche with stark and intricate black paper pop-ups. The cover is in bonded leather with a Norwegian finish.
Ronald King's Alphabeta Concertina is in the form on a accordion style strip. Pop-ups form the letters of the alphabet, A-M to the front, and N-Z to the rear. The front and rear boards are printed white on red and feature abstract representations of the letters A and Z.
Scott McCarney's Alphabook 3 present 2 separate books in concertina form, one with pop-ups running A-Z, and the second running back through Z-A.
J. Yoon's Absence was produced to commemorate the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, and features white card pages punctured by pin pricks and square cut-outs. These cut-outs increase in number through the pages of the book to eventually resemble the grid plan on New York, represented metaphorically through emptiness and absence.

Monday, January 26, 2009

awaken: an exhibition of new textiles inspired by the Archives and Collections at The Glasgow School of Art

This exhibition, running between 24 January - 28 February 2009, showcases a significant body of new work produced by staff from GSA's Department of Textiles. A diverse range of approaches to contemporary textile design are on display, with each designer using items from the School's archives and collections as their starting point. Each project demonstrates the idiosyncrasies of the creative process related to using archives as source material. Particularly tantalizing are the divergent creative journeys taken by designers unkowingly using the same starting point.

More information on the exhibition can be found at GSA's website
Image: Daisy M Anderson's Textile Design Notebook (c1931-35)
Image credit: Joanna Kinnersley-Taylor (c) The Glasgow School of Art

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Change to Archives and Collections Opening Hours

The Archives and Collections Centre is now open on Mondays between 9.30-12.30 and 13.45-16.45. For more information on visitng the ACC please see our website:

Top 10 Online Resources

At the last Student Library Forum you asked us for a quite and easy list of the top 10 online resources currently subscribed to by the Library. This list is now available on the homepage of the Library Website, and we'll be producing fuller guides very soon as part of the Library's InfosmART project

Monday, January 19, 2009

JISC National eBooks Observatory Project

Over the last year, the GSA Library has been taking part in the JISC National Ebooks Observatory Project. Please take some time to complete the survey below to help JISC find out about your attitude towards electronic books.

Click here to complete the survey

You are under no obligation whatsoever to take part in this survey. Any information you give us will be held securely and we will under no circumstances reveal any findings other than at a highly aggregated level. We are collecting the data through a third-party, Survey Monkey, and you can check their privacy policy here: