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

Please ask a member of Library staff or contact Alison Stevenson, Head of Learning Resources mail: 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.