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: