Friday, December 20, 2013

Library Closing at 3pm on Monday the 23rd of December

The library will be closing early at 3pm on Monday the 23rd of December. The Library will open again on Friday the 3rd of January at 9am.

Have a wonderful holiday!

Monday, December 09, 2013

Disruption to Library catalogue 11th/12th December

There will be disruption to the GSA Library catalogue starting at 18.30 on Wednesday 11th December and continuing theough to 17.00 on Thursday 12th December.  Items will still be searchable, but holdings infomation such as shelf numbers will not be avaiable.  This is to allow for a system upgrade, normal service will resume on Friday 13th December.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Christmas Vacation Opening Hours




Saturday 23th November
Sunday 24th November

12 – 4pm


Monday 25th November until 23rd December.


9-5pm Monday – Friday no weekend opening


Tuesday 24thDecember – Thursday 2nd January


SCHOOL CLOSED

Friday 3rd January


9am – 5pm

Saturday 4th and
Sunday 5nd January     

Closed

Monday 6th January

Normal term time opening resumes
Monday – Thursday 9-8pm
Friday 9-5pm
Saturday & Sunday 12-4pm

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Adobe InDesign Thursday 14th of November Library Computer Centre 5.30pm

Publishing with InDesign
This Library Twilight Class will focus on publishing with Adobe InDesign. The class will look at image usage, linked files, colour libraries and also print production.
Come along on Thursday the 14th of November at 5.30pm in the iMac Training Room on level 2 of the library.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Scanning Tuesday 12th of November Library Computer Centre 5.30pm

This Library Twilight class will look at 2D and 3D scanning, the different file formats available to you and also some image enhancement. So if you are looking into how to get the best from your scanned documents, come along to this class.

The class takes place on Tuesday the 12th of November on level 2 of the library in the iMac Training Room. Come along at 5.30pm!

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Adobe InDesign Thursday 7th of November Library Computer Centre 5.30pm

Publishing with InDesign
This Library Twilight Class will focus on publishing with Adobe InDesign. The class will look at using master pages, grid layouts and making a 'recipe' for your page designs.
Come along on Thursday the 7th of November at 5.30pm in the iMac Training Room on level 2 of the library.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Learning resources User Satisfaction Survey 2013


This is your chance to let us know what you think of the resources and services we provide in Library & Learning Resources and have the chance to win £50 in Amazon vouchers.

It only takes a little time to fill in so please take a few minutes from your busy day and help us to help you.

You can fill in the survey at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LRsurvey

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Typography Tuesday 5th of November Library Computer Centre 5.30pm

Typography

This Tuesday's class will be exploring the exciting world of typography. The class will look at understanding letter forms and will examine the rules of good typographic communication.

So come along at 5.30pm on Tuesday the 5th of November to the iMac training room on Level 2 of the Library.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Publishing Production Thursday 31st October Cancelled


Publishing Production

Unfortunately due to strike action, the Publishing Production Library Twilight Class has been cancelled. However, it has been rescheduled for the 14th of January 2014, so please change the date in your diary.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. 

Opening Hours This Week

The Library will be open normal hours on Thursday 31st (9am-8pm) although industrial action will mean some services are not available. Don’t forget that Friday 1st November  is a mid-term holiday so the Library will be closed that day. We’ll be open Saturday and Sunday 12-4 as usual.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Using Turnitin Tuesday 29th of October Library Computer Centre 5.30pm

Using Turnitin

On Tuesday the 29th of October's Library Twilight class will focus on learning how to submit files to Turnitin. It will cover what Turnitin is, how to prepare your file for submission and also how to submit files.

So if you are new to using Turnitin and want to know more about it, then pop along to the iMac Training room on level 2 of the Library at 5.30pm on Tuesday the 29th of October to find out more.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Adobe Illustrator Thursday 24th October

Adobe Illustrator: Designing in Illustrator

Come along, on Thursday the 24th of October, to a fantastic class about designing using Adobe Illustrator. You'll be shown how to create layouts and patterns, as well as how to auto trace and use transparencies! This is a great class which shows you how to turn scanned in images into a mighty vector image.

Come along to the iMac training room on Level 2 of the library for a 5.30pm kick off on Thursday the 24th of October. Remember if you have your own device with Adobe Illustrator installed on it, then you can bring it along and free up a computer for someone else to use.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Using Turnitin Tuesday 22nd of October Library Computer Centre 5.30pm

Using Turnitin

On Tuesday the 22nd of October's Library Twilight class will focus on learning how to submit files to Turnitin. It will cover what Turnitin is, how to prepare your file for submission and also how to submit files.

So if you are new to using Turnitin and want to know more about it, then pop along to the iMac Training room on level 2 of the Library at 5.30pm on Tuesday the 22nd of October to find out more.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Adobe Illustrator Thursday 17th of October Library Computer Centre 5.30pm

Adobe Illustrator: Create For The Laser Cutter

Thursday's class will look at using Adobe Illustrator to create vector images for use with the various laser cutters available within the school. You can learn some useful tips and tricks that will allow you get the best results.

So come along to the iMac training room on Level 2 of the library for 5.30pm 17th of October for this great workshop. Remember, if you have Adobe Illustrator installed on your own laptop you can bring that along to free up a computer for someone else.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Assistive Technologies Tuesday 15th of October Library Computer Centre 5.30pm

Assistive Technologies
This class will demonstrate how simple software can help support creative, divergent thinking. There are a variety of software packages that can assist with a variety of tasks from idea mapping to spell checking. So come along to the iMac Training Room on Tuesday at 5.30pm to see what is out there.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Assistive Technologies Tuesday 8th of October Library Computer Centre 5.30pm

Assistive Technologies

This class will demonstrate how simple software can help support creative, divergent thinking. There are a variety of software packages that can assist with a variety of tasks from idea mapping to spell checking. So come along to the iMac Training Room on Tuesday at 5.30pm to see what is out there.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Photoshop Thursday 3rd of October Library Computer Centre 5.30pm

Photoshop - New Image Tools
The second Photoshop Twilight Class will take part on Thursday the 3rd of October. It will focus on exploring what is new in Adobe Photoshop CS6 and also unlearning some bad habits that you may have picked up.

So come along to the class and remember if you have your own laptop with Photoshop installed on it, then bring it along. See you in the iMac Training Room on level 2 at 5.30pm!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Understanding Dyslexia Tuesday 1st of OctoberLibrary Computer Centre 5.30pm

Tuesday's Library Twilight Class will be a workshop on understanding Dyslexia. It will be a short introduction to Dyslexia and there will also be examples of positive strategies for learning. If you are interested in learning more about Dyslexia, then this short class is a great introduction that is very informative. The class will start at 5.30pm in the iMac Training Room on Level 2 of the Library.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Library closed Monday 30th September

The Library will be closed for the September Weekend holiday on Monday 30th September.  The library will open as normal on Tuesday the 1st of October at 9am.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Photoshop Thursday 26th of September Library Computer Centre 5.30pm



Photoshop – Image Enhancement

Our Library Twilight Classes kick off this Thursday, 26th of September, at 5.30pm in the iMac Training Room on Level 2 of the Library. We’ll be exploring image enhancement in Photoshop which will allow you to make the most of your digital images. There will be some great tips and tricks being demonstrated.

So come along. Remember if you have your own laptop with Photoshop you can bring this along.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Library Twilight Classes 2013 - 14


After last year's runaway success the Library Twilight Classes will be returning on Thursday the 26th of September at 5.30pm. There will be classes covering Assistive Technologies, Photoshop, Flash, AfterEffects, Illustrator, Indesign and also setting up your own website. They will be taking place in the big iMac training room upstairs in the Learning Technology Centre. All you need to do is come along, no need to sign up. If you have your own laptop with the software for the class, then you can always bring that along with you and free up a computer for someone else. We'll also be putting the notes up from each class on to the Library Twilight Classes VLE course, so if you can't make it along you can still see what was covered in the class.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Finding your way round the new space

When you make your first visit to the refurbished spaces in the Library you will see we have made some changes to the layout. To help you find you way around there are signs on each floor listing what you can find there.


If there is anything you can't find, just ask one of the friendly members of staff.

Friday, September 06, 2013

Library Refurbishment Update

The refurbishment of Levels 0 and 1 on the Library is almost complete and we are looking forward to welcoming students and staff into the space on Thursday 12th September. For the next three days please continue to come into the Library via the Bourdon building - you can return books, access online resources, set up your Blackboard Profile, and use all the computing facilities. If lack of access to the printed collections until Thursday will cause you a serious problems please get in touch with us at library@gsa.ac.uk and we will do our very best to help.

The refurbishment of Levels 0 and 1 includes a much larger Level 1 with new comfortable seating, a new service desk and redecoration all round. Library staff have been working in the space this week - reshelving books and unpacking furniture - and we think it is a much brighter, lighter and nicer space for research and learning. 

To make way for the construction and decoration we had to take all the books off the shelves and dissemble all the shelving at the beginning of June. The books themselves have not sat idle in their crates however. We have added Radio Frequency Identity Tags to every single item.The main benefit direct for library users will be faster self-issue and return since you can now place a pile of books on the kiosk instead of having to scan one at a time.  The improved book security and stock management it provides will also mean that books more likely to in the right place on the shelf when you look for them.

We've put some behind the scenes pictures up online. Everything from a reminder of what Level 0 used to look like (dark and brown), to the hundreds of crates needed to store the books, to library staff measuring up the new floor for shelving

Here one with a glimpse of the Garson Mural - much more visible now we have cut half the stair away! 



We'll add more next week.


Library Support Assistant Vacancies


The Library are looking two Library Support Assistants to work with Library staff in the provision of information resources and services to all GSA staff and students.  Role details can be found on the job description.

The posts will a maximum of 30 hours per month. You will be required to work 3 hours per week,  Saturday and Sunday 12-4pm on a rota basis.  Term time only.  

If you are interested please fill in the application form and return to k.molloy@gsa.ac.uk  Closing date for application Friday 13th September 2013.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Library closed Monday 15th July - Glasgow Fair Holiday

The Library will be closed for the Glasgow Fair local public holiday on Monday 15th July.  Our reduced service while the refurbishment continues on the ground floor will resume at 9am on Tuesday the 16th July.

Monday, July 01, 2013

#GLTU10: GSA Library & Learning Resources

On Friday, it was our pleasure to host the tenth Glasgow Library Tweetup (GLTU) to members of GLTU and Scottish Academic Libraries consortium-group SALCTG


GLTU is a group of information professionals from all over Glasgow who meet up to visit a particular information service every few months and network with other librarians. Founder Anabel Marsh, was a Librarian at Strathclyde University for many years and is very interested in social media in libraries. She started GLTU after discovering a large network of local librarians on Twitter who were interacting virtually without ever having met. Anabel took the initiative to form a group which would tour libraries around Glasgow. The idea's been a triumph so, intrigued to find out what all the fuss is about, we thought we'd take a turn at presenting what we do in the Library and the Archives and Collections Centre.




Firstly, the School's archivist Susannah Waters gave an excellent tour of the archives, selecting examples of pieces held in the archive that reveal lots about the School's history. Susannah explained the development of the School's archive and discussed its use by students and visitors. Among the many highlights were Joan Eardley's Italian Farmhouse, which was completed during Eardley’s tour of Italy as part of her travelling scholarship in the late 1940s, Eugene Bourdon's beaux arts architectural sketches, and letters from the School’s Headmaster discussing the types of animals to be brought into the Animal Room for life- drawing classes. There was particular interest in the historical political activism of GSA's female students including the suffragette campaign by Ann MacBeth who was imprisoned and underwent force-feeding while on hunger strike. A potential opportunity to conduct more exploratory research into the School’s archive of letters and textile materials arose from a discussion with members of the Glasgow Women's Library who seemed keen to collaborate!


 A talk on InfosmART followed, with the group being introduced to the Library's award-winning portfolio of online modules for developing information-literacy. The idea was to showcase how GSA Library supports students to develop information-literacy skills given the unconventional variety of visual sources that can inform artistic practice. These sources could easily have been some of the beautiful pieces we'd just seen in the Archives such as a travel diary by former student John Jack Lindsay from 1950 or a textile design notebook by former student Daisy M Anderson, c1931-1935.




The event was a great success: we all learned from each other about different roles in the library and information sector; shared best practice and exchanged knowledge about the hidden treasures in some local libraries and how we can support our visitors to make best use of these resources.

We're already looking forward to the next GLTU!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Glasgow Library Tweetups - The Turn of The Art School

We're excited about hosting the 10th Glasgow Library Tweetup (#GLTU) tomorrow in the Archives & Collections Centre. 


Glasgow Library Tweetups are an opportunity for information professionals from all over Glasgow to meet up and visit a particular library or information service and then socialise after the event. Founder, Anabel Marsh, was a Librarian at Strathclyde University for many years and is very interested in the use of social media in libraries. Anabel can be followed on Twitter @AnabelMarsh and the link to the GLTU blog is here.

Follow @GSALibrary for imminent tweets about tomorrow's event!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

GSA Library Join SUNCAT - Serials Catalogue for Research

The Library have joined SUNCAT, a free online catalogue to help researchers locate serials held in UK libraries. SUNCAT contains information on both print and electronic serials, including journals, periodicals, newspapers, newsletters, magazines, annual reports and other publications of a continuing nature. Essentially, these are all one and the same thing - we refer simply to our serials as magazines!

The Library hold around 200 various magazine titles in the library from 'Architects' Journal' to 'Vogue' between our current issues on Level 1 of the Main Library and our back-runs on Level 0, and in the Mackintosh Library. The contribution of our holdings to SUNCAT is fantastic news, making it easier for others to learn about what resources the Library has to offer and strengthening our influence as a valuable research resource.


We bring the total number of contributing SUNCAT libraries up to 91 and join a growing number of art institutions including the British Film Institute, Edinburgh College of Art, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Scottish National Gallery Research Library.

Search SUNCAT using the name of the magazine you are looking for here. More news about the resource can be found on the blog here.

You can use the magazines in the Library for reference including photo-copying and taking photographs. Follow the latest news, trends and reviews of exhibitions by browsing our collection.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Library Refurbishment Information

The print collections in the Library will not be accessible over the summer so … 

borrow what you need now & keep it until September!

This summer a refurbishment project will take place to extend and improve the space in the Library. To enable the construction work to happen we need to relocate almost all the collection into temporary storage.
That means there will be no access to borrow or use the bulk of the Library’s print collections for three months. We therefore encourage you to plan ahead and borrow what you need now, to get you through resits, research and study over the summer.

To make it as easy as possible we are

  • Increasing the number of books you can borrow to 40
  • Starting on 29th April, ending 31st August 2013 for all undergraduates, post-graduates and staff
  • Extending the length of time you can keep the books.
  • Any books* borrowed or renewed between 29th April and 31st August will be due for return on the 16th September. (*excluding books in the Reading List Collection)
  • Providing free inter library loan service
  • 7th June – 9th September: no charge for inter-library loan (normally £3 per request) and no limit on the number of requests that can be made. Library staff can source and borrow books from libraries around the world. More information & request forms are on the website.
  • Supporting you to take advantage of the SCONUL Access scheme
  • This allows GSA staff and students to visit and use books and journals at 177 other academic libraries across the UK. Ask a staff member how to apply.
  • Increasing the number of eBooks available
  • Adding 4,500 new titles to the library catalogue.



When is this happening?
7th June -9th September 2013

What will be available?
All digital collections will continue to be fully available over the summer but only a very limited selection from the print collection.

Collections Available
  • Digital Collection – more than 2,500 online magazines, journals and databases plus 4,500 eBooks
  • 2012/2013 Reading List print material to support students taking resits
  • DVDs, Fiction and Graphic Novel print collections
  • Current issues of print magazines and print journals
  • Computing Reference Help texts currently on Level 1
  • Pre-1985 print magazines and print journals (currently in the Mackintosh Library)
  • All other material currently in the Mackintosh Library

Collections Unavailable
  • Main Collection
  • Dissertations
  • Print copies of periodicals from 1985-2013 (except current issues)
  • Special Collections and Rare Books
  • Everything else not explicitly mentioned in list of “Collections Available” above.

All regular Library services will continue to be available on Level 2.
  • Quiet study space and comfortable reading space
  • Computer Facilities
  • Printing, photocopying and scanning (including topping up printing credit)
  • Staffed service desk for queries and computing support
  • Purchase and off-air recording requests
  • Binding
  • Paying library fines
  • Returning borrowed items

Questions?
Please ask a member of Library staff or contact Alison Stevenson, Head of Learning Resources mail: a.stevenson@gsa.ac.uk or phone (0141) 353 4550

Monday, April 22, 2013

World Book Night 2013


World Book Night is happening and to mark the occasion, the Mackintosh Library will be open tomorrow afternoon, between 12pm and 3pm. Come along if you’re interested in looking at some of the Library’s Special Collections. We’ll be revealing a sample of our rare books which are themed around travel and there will be a selection of artist’s books on the subject.

Open access to the Mackintosh Library will be available on the afternoon of Tuesday 23rd April between 12pm and 3pm for GSA staff and students with 20 copies of the books Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson and Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay, to give away to the first 40 visitors!

Note that to protect the valuable fabric of the space and to ensure you enjoy the event, we may have to limit the numbers of visitors in the library at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Monday, April 08, 2013

Heterotopia, Heterodoxy.


…if, like museums, the library is simply a place where ideas are imprisoned or laid to rest, shouldn't we aim to be imprisoned along with them[?] 

— Paul Elliman in WT Mary Shelley Facsimilie Library)

Can the personal exist within the public? Can the public be made personal? In an attempt to answer these questions, a library user will be imprisoned in the library, along with his entire lending history, for the duration of one week.

While this project will essentially serve to disrupt the normal functionality of the library, a substitute will be offered in the form of a personal library of books, magazines and assorted printed ephemera. This will be available on a reference only basis and can be freely browsed and copied.

If the library is a Heterotopia, ‘a place of all times that is itself out of time, and inaccessible to its ravages’, (Michael Foucault, Of other spaces, 1967)a place where distinctions are blurred, and paradoxes can exist, then this is a library within a library. A juxtaposition of personal and public books within the setting of a functioning public library. The library becomes both a place for the production of work as well as research – questioning conventional ideas about what a library is through the collapsing of established norms within an institutional context.

In a time when much of the content that is physically archived here is becoming digital, can the physical space of the library be put to better use? Can its contents be used to comment on its current role in society? Will this experiment provide any answers to these questions?

Come along and find out what Gareth Lindsay is doing in our Library from 9am to 5pm every day this week!

Webtastic! Thursday 11th of April Library Computer Centre 5.30pm

HTML – Planning a website structure and understanding HTML.
Want to have your own website but don’t know how to get started? Come along to Webtastic! in the Big iMac training room on Thursday the 11th of April at 5.30pm. Jude Boyd will be going through the steps tofplanning a website and it’s structure and also how to understand HTML. This is a great introduction to creating pages for the web.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Library closed Easter Monday 1st April

Please note the Library will be closed Easter Monday 1st April and reopen Tuesday 2nd April

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

IT Twilight class cancelled on 21st of March

The Adobe Dreamweaver IT Twilight Class that was scheduled for Thursday the 21st of March has been cancelled due to a scheduling error.

However, the class will be taking place on Thursday the 11th of April, in the Big iMac training room at 5.30pm. Jude Boyd will be going through the basics of HTML and also how to plan a website. So come along if you are interested in developing a website.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Webtastic! Thursday the 14th of March Library Computer Centre 5.30pm

Want to have your own website but don’t know how to get started? 

Come along to Webtastic! in the Big iMac training room onThursday the 14th of March at 5.30pm. Andrew Lochhead will be going through the steps to setting up a website and showing you how easy it can be! He’ll be showing you some easy solutions to creating a professional looking website and de-mystifying some of the technical jargon that is used when talking about websites.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Adobe InDesign Thursday 7th of March Library Computer Centre 5.30pm

Adobe InDesign: Printing (self and commissioning) and final book production
Come along to the big iMac training room in the library computer centre on Thursday the 7th of March. Kerry Aylin will be exploring Adobe InDesign, looking at printing booklets by yourself or commissioning a printer to print them for you. If you are interested in producing some booklets then this is a great workshop to come along too. InDesign is a great program for laying out images and text and being able to control how and what is printed.
So come along at 5.30pm, if you have your own laptop with Adobe InDesign installed on it, then you can bring that along. 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Adobe InDesign Thursday 28th of February Library Computer Centre 5.30pm

Adobe InDesign: Book production layouts and ergonomics of the printer page

Come along to the big iMac training room in the library computer centre on Thursday the 28th of February. Kerry Aylin will be exploring Adobe InDesign, looking at book production layouts and ergonomics of the printer page. If you are interested in producing some booklets then this is a great workshop to come along too. InDesign is a great program for laying out images and text and being able to control how and what is printed.
So come along at 5.30pm, if you have your own laptop with Adobe InDesign installed on it, then you can bring that along.