Monday, March 29, 2010

Library reopened

The GSA Library has now been fully reopened and normal service resumed following the earlier alarm siren fault.

Partial short-term library closure

Due to an alarm siren fault, the downstairs area of the GSA Library is currently closed. The upper floor of the Library (IT, current journals and reading area) is open as usual, with access via the Architecture department. Books and DVDs may be returned to any member of Library staff on the upper floor. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause; the Library will fully reopen as soon as the fault is rectified.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Library closed Wed 31st March for Staff Development Day

The Library will be closed all day on Wednesday 31st March for staff development

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause

Thursday, March 25, 2010

InfosmART Chosen for Best of the West

The GSA Library's innovative InfosmART suite of information skills training has been chosen for the Best of the West site from the JISC Regional Support Centre Scotland South and West. The site gathers examples of effective and innovative practice from the RSC's supported institutions in order to share knowledge and expertise around the region.
InfosmART is a portfolio of online learning modules in information and research skills for the Glasgow School of Art’s learning, teaching and research communities, brought to you from GSA Library.
You can read a full case study of InfosmART on the Best of the West website.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Artists' Books Talk

Duncan Chappell from GSA on Vimeo.

A recording of the lunchtime talk at GSA's Archives and Collections Centre 12.00-13.00 3rd February 2010 in which Duncan Chappell, Academic Liaison Librarian at GSA, talks about the extensive collection of artists books held by the Library.
"The Glasgow School of Art Library has a superb and comprehensive collection of artists' books, amassed over many years. Housed in the Mackintosh Library, the collection can be consulted during its normal opening hours and features over 2,000 items. Items in the collection come in all kinds of forms: from edible books to calendars, and from multiples to musical books that play a tune. We even have books in the form of moebius strips, or books made from human DNA embedded and fired in porcelain. We continue to actively build the collection today. This short talk by Librarian Duncan Chappell will introduce a wide range of examples, with an opportunity to learn more about the Library’s collection. There will also be an opportunity to browse through the books on display."

Monday, March 15, 2010

GSA Library User Survey 2010 - ** Win a Sony Walkmap MP3 player 4GB**

GSA Library User Survey 2010
** Win a Sony Walkmap MP3 player 4GB**

The annual Library User Satisfaction Survey takes place from 15th March until 22nd March and can be done by following this link:

Please take a few minutes this week to complete this survey as it helps us assess the effectiveness of our service and plan improvements accordingly.

Enter your details at the end of this survey to be entered into our prize draw.Note: You must complete all relevant questions to qualify!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Environment/sustainability resources

To reflect GSA's ongoing interest in environmental sustainability, we've put together a list of recent general books on the subject which are available from the Library, together with details of relevant online, full-text journals which staff and students can access using their GSA Athens account. The list is in the form of a pdf on the 'collections' part of the Library website.
Access: Free

Thursday, March 11, 2010

New Guide to the Artists' Book Collection

A guide to the Library's extensive Artists’ Book Collection has just been uploaded to the website, and is available for download.
As well as introducing artists’ books and providing a bibliography, it also provides a thematic introduction to the works in our collection, under headings like Paranoia and Surveillance, Genetics, Environmentalism, Urbanism and the City, and The Unconscious. 3 or 4 examples, with illustrations, are given under each heading.
The guide will be a useful first port of call for readers who want to use the collection, but don’t know where to start with the 2000+ volumes we hold!

Monday, March 08, 2010

Student Library Forum

Student Library Forum
Wednesday 10th March 12.30 – 1.30pm
At the sofas on the 1st floor
Come along and let us know what you think about the Library!

Archives inspire GSA Fashion Show

To mark the centenary of GSA's Mackintosh Building, this year's 3rd year textile students' fashion show has turned to archive sources for its inspiration. The show takes place at GSA's Vic Bar on Renfrew Street at 7pm and 9pm on 9-10 March. Tickets are £7.50 and £5.50 and can be purchased from the Vic Bar and the GSA shop in the Mackintosh Building. Last week's Scotsman article New kids on the frock gives more details about some of the pieces included and the creative processes behind them: