Thursday, April 30, 2015

New Art and Architecture Archive database in the Library

GSA students and staff now have electronic access to historical back-runs of some important, journal titles through the new addition of the database Art and Architecture Archive to the GSA Digital Library. 26 journals are indexed including some important titles with long back-runs, together with some new titles and those of which, up until now, we’ve only held partial runs. We’re particularly pleased to have access to Country Life, The Architects’ Journal and Architectural Review.

As well as access to the journal content, other handy features of the new database include the ability to copy and save images, export citations to the reference software Mendeley and limit searches to specific document types such as advertisements, building plans or illustrations.

Have a look through the full list below and access Art and Architecture Archive at this link

  • American Craft (Archive : 1979-2005)
  • Apollo (Archive : 1925-2005)
  • The Architects' Journal (Archive : 1919-2005)
  • The Architectural Review (Archive : 1896-2005)
  • Art Monthly (Archive : 1976-2005)
  • Art and AsiaPacific (Archive : 1993-2005)
  • The Bead Journal (Archive : 1974-1978)
  • The British Journal of Photography (Archive : 1860-2005)
  • The Builders' Journal and Architectural Engineer (Archive : 1906-1910)
  • C (Archive : 1987-1992)
  • C : a Critical Visual Art Magazine (Archive : 1983-1986)
  • C Magazine (Archive : 1986-1987)
  • C Magazine (Archive : 1992-2005)
  • The Canadian Architect (Archive: 1955-2005)
  • Ceramics Technical (Archive : 1995-2005)
  • Country Life (Archive : 1901 - 2005)
  • Country Life Illustrated (Archive : 1897-1901)
  • Craft Horizons (Archive : 1941-1978)
  • Craft Horizons with Craft World (Archive : 1978-1979)
  • Eye: the International Review of Graphic Design (Archive : 1990-2005)
  • Graphis (Archive : 1944-2005)
  • Ornament (Archive: 1979-2005)
  • Print (Archive : 1940-2005)
  • Sculptors International (Archive : 1982-1985)
  • Sculpture (Archive : 1987-2005)
  • Southwest Art (Archive : 1973-2005)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spreading the word of RADAR

This week we have had the opportunity to meet with researchers and librarians from inside GSA and external to GSA to discuss the merits of RADAR, Research Data Management and Open Access to data. These meetings have enabled us to share knowledge related to repositories but also promote the research being showcased at GSA.

On Monday we met with Pascale Dorph, head librarian at the School of Art and Design in Limoges, France. We were able to demonstrate RADAR and give tips and advice on the setting up of a research repository. This was an enjoyable experience to share knowledge.

Also this week we have been meeting with new researchers at GSA to help them to understand the repository and issues related to data management and open access, and the impacts these have on staff research activity. We are holding face-to-face meetings with researchers to discuss these factors, if you are interested in meeting with the learning resources team to discuss data management or the repository, then please get in touch with Robin Burgess.

More and more new outputs keep being added to RADAR so please check out our Latest Items HERE.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Term 3 Newsletter

At the start to a third term, here's the first instalment of a brand-new newsletter from GSA Library and Archives and Collections: 

Book Donation to GSA Library by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association
Early in March, we were delighted to be presented with a generous donation of a rare 1898 edition of John Keats – His Poems from the Antiquarian Booksellers Association.The particular appeal of the book for GSA is its design in the Glasgow Style. The leather binding pictured is designed by distinguished GSA alumna, and needlework and embroidery tutor Ann Macbeth, while the frontispiece, title page, and illustrations are Robert Anning Bell. Read more in this featured post on GSA Library's Special Collections website:
Welcoming New Staff to Archives and Collections
The GSA Archives and Collections Centre have recently received several new members of staff to work on the Mackintosh recovery project, and on the re-establishment of a working archives and collections service. These new staff are Jocelyn Grant, Archives and Collections Assistant; Polly Christie our Archives & Collections Recovery Project Lead; and Maja Shand our HLF funded Skills for the Future Trainee. You can read more about them on the Archive’s website:
Revamped Library Special Collections Website
The Special Collections pages on the Library website have been redeveloped to better showcase our rare and valuable titles. The collections both relate to the history of the School and provide examples of more contemporary creative practice and research. As we catalogue more donations, new collections will begin to appear. Browse at this link:
Have Your Say on Twilight Classes
We are collecting feedback from staff and students on what they would like to see offered in next year's Twilight Class schedule. Please take a couple of minutes to fill complete our survey and give us some feedback on what you want more of and what you want less of!  
Term 3 VLE Staff Training
We will be running VLE training for staff in Term 3.  The sessions will be VLE Basics, Assessment Tools and Collaboration Tools. Full details here:
GSA Moving Image Library
The Library has just launched a thematic blog entitled the GSA Moving Image Library that we hope will encourage GSA staff and students to get the most out of our growing DVD collection. The blog presents such esoteric categories as ‘Films without Actors,’ ‘Novel Adaptations,’ & ‘Masters, Slaves, Servants & Maids,' and we'll be adding personal recommendations:
Library Subject Guides Updated
We've refreshed the content of our library subject guides to include updated links and information on resources and collections available through the Library and Archives and Collections. Whatever your area of study or research, these guides provide a way of making key subject resources more easily discoverable:

VLE training for staff in Term 3

The following VLE workshops for staff will be running during Term 3

2pm     Tues 5th    May              VLE Basics, 
11am    Wed 6th   May              Assessment tools    
2pm     Tues 12th   May             Assessment tools, 
11am    Wed 13th   May             Collaboration tools 
2pm      Tues 19th  May             Collaboration tools,  
11am    Wed 20th   May             VLE basics

Sessions will take place in the level 2 iMac training room in the Library.  To book a  place, please email Steven Fraser:

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Library Closed Monday the 6th of April

Due to the bank holiday on Monday the 6th of April the library and computer centre will be closed. Normal term time service will resume on Tuesday the 7th of April and we will be open from 8am.