Monday, March 31, 2008

MOD Art Collection


This is the official website of the British Ministry of Defence art collection, a collection containing art relevant to the experience and history of the British Armed Forces.
The main page contains a concise 500-word profile of the collection. There is also a short article on conservation efforts, and details of the collection of architectural drawings. There are also image galleries such as 12 images of works by war artists (accompanied by short scholarly texts), and similar annotated galleries for: Portraits; Battles; Exploration; Clocks; Engravings; and Miscellaneous. There are also external Web links to those with similar military collections, such as the Imperial War Museum, Royal Naval Museum, National Army Museum, and the Royal Air Force Museum.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/3924fu
Access: Free

Museumpods

Museumpods is an independent website that aggregates museum and gallery audio podcasts. The website presents new podcasts on the front page in a simple weblog-like format. There is also a 'Museum Podcasts Directory' of all known podcasting museums, currently numbering over 100. Most of the podcasts indexed are in English, but some are in other languages.
Link: http://www.museumpods.com/
Access: Free

Friday, March 28, 2008

Colours in Fashion


This website is an online companion to the exhibition `The right chemistry: colors in fashion, 1704-1918' hosted by the Higbee Gallery, Kent State University Museum from the 16th December 2004 to 19th February 2006.
The exhibition explores the relationship between colour and fashion. "For centuries, colors and fashion have been linked. While observing the uses and symbolism of different colors and the dye sources of various shades, surviving garments presented in the exhibition help us understand the far reaching applications of color discoveries".
The exhibition is divided into the following four sections: science and fashion intertwined (red and blue), theory and practice (yellow and white), synthetic dyes, the rage for mauve and the aniline boom (beige and purple) and remaking nature's colors (green). Each section contains further information about the topic and images of costumes and garments.
Link: http://dept.kent.edu/museum/exhibit/colors/main.htm
Access: Free

Poiret: King of Fashion


This website is an online companion to the exhibition Poiret: King of Fashion by the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 9th May 2007 until 5th August 2007.
Paul Poiret (1879-1944), who called himself the King of Fashion, is best remembered for freeing women from corsets and further liberating them through pantaloons. The exhibition explores “Poiret’s modernity in relation to and as an expression of the dominant discourses of the early 20th century, including Cubism, Classicism, Orientalism, Symbolism, and Primitivism”. The website contains further information about the exhibition. One can view images of dresses and coats designed by Poiret, gallery texts, an exhibition checklist and a video of curator Harold Koda explaining Paul Poiret's significant contributions to the world of fashion.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/26d2sl
Access: Free

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Audio Arts Online


We've just added links to the Library Catalogue for all Audio Arts recordings that are available to listen to online. This magazine was originally published on audio cassette, before transferring to CD, and the Library holds an extensive run of recordings in these formats. Now when you search the Library Catalogue you'll see links wherever MP3 versions are available free online, courtesy of Tate.
The innovative audio magazine Audio Arts was established by Bill Furlong in 1973 to provide recordings of interviews and discussions with leading contemporary artists. Over the years those interviewed have included Tacita Dean, Tracey Emin, Gary Hume, Michael Craig-Martin, Vanessa Beecroft, Carl Andre and Joseph Beuys. The interviews provide an excellent opportunity to hear artists talking directly about their own work.
Link: http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/exhibitions/audioarts/
Access: Free

Stockhausen


The official Karlheinz Stockhausen website contains an extensive collection of material relating to the life and works of Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007), the German modernist composer and pioneer of electronic music.
Maintained by the Stockhausen Foundation for Music (Stockhausen-Stiftung für Musik), the site includes: biographies; lists of works; a complete Stockhausen discography; a selection of texts including interviews, reviews and articles; and catalogues of videos. Audio and video files of excerpts from some of Stockhausen's works are included in a multimedia section. The site includes a regularly updated list of forthcoming performances and courses. Most of the material is in English with some texts in German.
Link: http://www.stockhausen.org/
Access: Free

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Quick Reference Becomes Research Support

The former Quick Reference Collection in the Library, which housed key reference works for consultation, has been repurposed to better reflect the developing and changing learning, teaching and research needs of GSA students and staff.
We've withdrawn from stock several books that were out-of-date or superseded, and replaced them with up-to-date editions. We've also ordered in lots of new books to address developing areas of interest or research activity with the School. It's all part of our aim to address library collections to the important research and learning strategies of GSA.
Last but not least, we've also completely reclassified the collection, so that books are more coherently arranged on the shelves. You'll now find sections on research methods, citation and referencing, English language and grammar, foreign languages, copyright, designs and patents, and standards and product directories, along with all the usual encyclopaedias and dictionaries you would expect to find. A complete list of shelfmarks can be found on the Library website.
Link: http://www2.gsa.ac.uk/library/collections/collections_researchsupport.html

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Graphic Novels Guide

We've been busy building up our collection of graphic novels here in the Library, and our new guide provides an accessible and colourful introduction to all the titles available in the Library. It includes details of titles and authors, along with short plot descriptions and cover scans. If you're new to graphic novels, why not give them a go?!
Link: http://www2.gsa.ac.uk/library/collections/collections_graphicnovels.html

Methodology.co.uk


This website, run by the publishers SAGE, aims to provide support for "researchers, students and university teachers who are interested in learning more about anything to do with research methods". It covers both qualitative and quantitative approaches and tailors the resources available according to the needs of each type of user. The website lists journals, organisations, software, mailing lists, conferences and websites that may be of interest as well as books (though the latter list consists of SAGE publications only). There is also a methodology blog and a relevant journal article that's available for free download (changes each month).
Link: http://www.methodology.co.uk/
Access: Free

Memory Maps


The Victoria and Albert Museum's website provides access to this database of paintings and drawings from their collection selected to accompany their Memory Maps project. The Memory Maps project is a joint venture between the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Designed to encourage creative writing by providing focal points of interest in the form of paintings and artefacts, it initially concentrates on images and objects in the museum`s collection relating to Essex and Suffolk. The database which comprises 117 paintings and drawings, includes works by John Constable, Kenneth Rowntree and Walter Bayes, can be searched by object type, place and date range. Clicking on any image provides the whole picture, together with a short description. The website also presents an introductory article about the Memory Maps project, written by Marina Warner.
Link: http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/paintings/features/memory_maps/
Access: Free

Alexander Anderson


The New York Public Library Digital Gallery website has provided this online copy of sixteen scrapbooks containing nearly 10,000 wood-engravings by illustrator Alexander Anderson (1775-1870). Referred to here as "America`s first illustrator", Anderson spent his long and prolific career in New York engraving mainly for book publishers and magazines, as well as pictorial matter for printed ephemera. The resource is accessed through each scrapbook and clicking on the thumbnail image provides bibliographic information, as well as an individual image for each item grouped on each page. Each page is themed and contains a number of images.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/3x4en3
Access: Free

Japanese Prints


The New York Public Library Digital Gallery website provides access to a selection of Japanese prints selected from the library's important collection of over 1,760 Japanese prints acquired in 1901. This selection features 56 original colour woodcuts by the Japanese painter and woodcut designer Kitagawa Utamaro. This collection of prints of the ukiyo-e school or `pictures of the floating world' as they are sometimes called feature the celebrated courtesans and individuals going about their daily lives. A number of images depict the different social classes. Each image is given its title in both Japanese and English. Clicking on individual thumbnail pictures provides a larger image, together with detailed information including provenance.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/2t3azh
Access: Free

Internet Resource for Film and Theatre

Internet Resources for Film and Theatre is a PDF file of Intute: Arts and Humanities' subject booklet for film and theatre studies' students, teachers, researchers and librarians. Published in March 2008 as a short A5 booklet, the document provides details of some of the most useful Internet websites, covering all aspects of the film and theatre studies, including film and theatre history; films, plays and reviews; directors, screenwriters and playwrights; actors and actings; film and theatre production; cinemas, film studios and theatres; festivals, awards and events; film and theatre theory and criticism; and libraries, archives and collections. A short description of each featured resource is provided. The document is illustrated with images from some of the websites listed.
Link: http://www.intute.ac.uk/artsandhumanities/booklets/
Access: Free

University of Glasgow Library Catalogue


University of Glasgow Library has just launched the trial interface of its new Library Catalogue, Encore. Encore is a new way of searching the Library catalogue offering:
  • single search box
  • relevance ranked results
  • location & availability details
  • links to electronic resources
  • easy ways to refine (limit) your search
  • recently added books on your topic
  • a subject tag cloud around your topic
Link: http://www.lib.gla.ac.uk/News/2008/encorenews.shtml
Access: Free

Radical Glasgow


Glasgow Caledonian University's Research Collections have recently published an online book, Radical Glasgow.
"Mention Glasgow and various stereotypes jump to mind, dreadful slums, hard drinking, random violence, razor gangs, shipbuilding, locomotive makers and other heavy industries. What else is written about the city usually refers to captains of industry, architects, inventors, and medical men of note. Scratch the surface however, and you find another Glasgow with a long tradition, the real Glasgow, “Radical Glasgow”."
Glasgow can boast of a long tradition of radical movements growing from the ranks of ordinary people. People struggling not only to improve their own conditions but that of all working class people.
Link
: http://www.gcal.ac.uk/radicalglasgow/index.html
Access: Free

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Online Journals via Blackwell Synergy


The Library has just activated online access to 4 journals via Blackwell Synergy. This provides online access to back-runs of the journals below back to 2006 in most instances. Access is available direct on campus only.
The journals covered are:
  • Art Book
  • Art History
  • International Journal of Art and Design Education
  • Journal of Architectural Education
Link: http://www.blackwell-synergy.com
Access: Free on campus only.

Online Journals via SAGE Journals Online


The Library has just activated online access to 7 key journals via SAGE Journals Online. GSA students and staff now have full-text access to entire back-runs of the journals below - Just simply login to SAGE Journals using your Athens account.
Journals covered are:
  • Animation
  • Arts and Humanities in Higher Education
  • Journal of Visual Culture
  • Lighting Research and Technology
  • Space and Culture
  • Sexualities
  • Urban Studies
Link: http://online.sagepub.com
Access: Athens

Arts Research Digest


We have just activated online access to Arts Research Digest.
Arts
Research Digest provides a unique overview of recent and current research in the arts, media and cultural sectors around the world. It is a vital resource for arts practitioners, arts organisations and managers, policy makers, academics, researchers, libraries, local authorities, students and funding organisations.
Published three times a year in hard copy, it is now also available online to GSA staff and students as a fully searchable research archive.
Link:
http://www.arts-research-digest.com/
Access: Username and password required. Enquire at Library Service Desk

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Games and Civic Engagement

Video games could transform the world some day, if only their potential could be fully realized. These panelists dream of a day when industry, politicians and game players themselves explore how this new medium can educate and engage." This webcast from MIT includes contributions from Mario Armstrong, Co-founder, Urban Video Game Academy, and Ian Bogost: Founding Partner, Persuasive Games.
Link: http://mitworld.mit.edu/video/532/
Access: Free

Japanese Cloisonne


Cloisonné is a way of enamelling an object by using fine wires to delineate the decorative areas into which enamel paste is applied before the object is fired and polished. This microsite from the Victoria and Albert Musaeum provides information on techniques, masters of the art, and beautiful examples from the Edwin Davies collection.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/2cw3jj
Access: Free

Curtis Moffat


Curtis Moffat (1887-1949) created dynamic abstract photographs, innovative colour still lifes, and glamorous society portraits. The recent donation to the V&A of the Curtis Moffat Archive presents an opportunity for Moffat to be reinstated among the most notable artists, designers and society figures of the early 20th-century European avant-garde. This microsite from the museum includes sections on Moffat's biography, working methods, and images from his scrapbooks.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/2youyt
Access: Free

Monday, March 10, 2008

Knowledge Rules


Knowledge Rules is a Social Science Research Council blog which aims to generate discussion across disciplines on problems associated with recognized trends that "destabilize traditional notions of teaching, research and publishing". The effect developments of information and communication technologies have had and the way they are "transforming the academic landscape" and mediating between information and its public are key questions addressed by the posts.
Link: http://www.ssrc.org/blogs/knowledgerules/
Access: Free

Foucault Blog


Foucault blog is managed by Jeremy Crampton and posts news, commentary, reviews and discussion of the work of Michel Foucault. Topics include issues relating to the"politics of identity, critical approaches to cartography and GIS, biopolitics and race.
Link: http://foucaultblog.wordpress.com/
Access: Free

Online Resources Added to Library Catalogue


It can sometimes be difficult keeping up-to-date with the online resources available through the Library, especially when these resources come in an increasingly bewildering array of types: from e-journals to images, and from e-books to audio files.
That's why we've just completed a substantial programme of work to integrate our online resources with our Library Catalogue, enabling all our users to discover our online resources in the same way the would our print resources. We've added catalogue records describing all our online resources, and have provided links and access information to the records of print titles where online versions are available. We've also added links and access information to all our journal holdings, pointing you to the exact databases that index each particular journal or provide full-text access to articles.
It's all part of our commitment to making our resources as easy to find and use as possible.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Floral Frocks


Virtual access to six mid-20th century British floral dresses "The six case studies include an object analysis (description) of each garment, the socio-historical context from which each dress emanates, key designers of the time, new fabric technology, themes for discussion, bibliography," and 360 degree views of each dress. Also includes patterns for some of the dresses and links to related sites. From Bath Spa University.
Link: http://www.floralfrocks.org/
Access: Free

Digital Economy Fact Book


Britton, D. and McGonegal, S. (2007) The Digital Economy Fact Book. (9th ed) Washington: The Progress & Freedom Foundation.
This free book has statistics about use of technology, trends in use of digital technologies etc. with more info about the USA than other countries. The Progress & Freedom Foundation is supported by Google, EMI, Time Warner, Cisco etc.
Link: http://pff.org/issues-pubs/books/factbook_2007.pdf
Access: Free

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Online Journals from InformaWorld


The Library has just activated online access for 8 of its print journals via InformaWorld. Now you can access the full-text of articles from the current issue and past issues of these journals, from anywhere with an Internet connection.
The journals covered are:
  • City
  • Digital Creativity
  • History of Photography
  • Journal of Architecture
  • Third Text
  • Urban Studies
  • Visual Studies
  • Women: A Cultural Review

Link: http://www.informaworld.com
Access: Athens

Online Journals from MIT Press


The Library has just activated online access for 5 of its print journals via MIT Press Journals. Now you can access the full-text of articles from the current issue and past issues of these journals, from anywhere with an Internet connection.
The journals covered are:
  • African Arts
  • Design Issues
  • Leonardo
  • October
  • PAJ: Journal of Performance and Art
Link: http://www.mitpressjournals.org
Access: Username and password required off campus. Enquire at Library Service Desk

Online Journals from IngentaConnect


The Library has just activated online access for 4 of its print journals via IngentaConnect. Now you can access the full-text of articles from the current issue and past issues of these journals, from anywhere with an Internet connection.
The journals covered are:
  • Fashion Theory
  • Textile: Journal of Cloth and Culture
  • Textile History
  • Vernacular Architecture
Link: http://www.ingentaconnect.com
Access: Username and password required. Enquire at Library Service Desk

Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson on Film


Watch an intimate recording of Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and their triplets, made in 1935 prior to their move to St Ives. This short film is part of the Tate Film Archive which includes footage of major artists and cultural figures, often giving remarkable insights.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/3cqnqt
Access:
Free

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Digishorts


Digishorts a new online short film archive co-financed by the UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund and Screen West Midlands. The site features streamed films from the digishorts scheme made since 2002, such as the 2002 BAFTA nominated ‘Bouncer’ directed by Michael Baig Clifford and starring Ray Winstone and Paddy Considine.
Link: http://www.digishorts.co.uk/
Access: Free

Online Bibliography of Anime and Manga Research


Online Bibliography of Anime and Manga Research is a regularly updated bibliography incorporating the Anime/Manga Web Essay Archive. It contains links to full-text English-language papers for free download as well as links to around 300 scholarly papers held at external websites. AMWESS also indexes presentations at conferences, student classwork, grey literature, and books. The website can also be searched by character name, or series title.
Link: http://corneredangel.com/amwess/
Access: Free

BBC Motion Gallery Trial


The Library has just taken out a 30-day trial of BBC Motion Gallery. This new online resource allows students and lecturers within higher and further education institutions in the UK to use content from the BBC Archives for educational purposes. It offers over 20,000 clips for use in presentations, lectures, and course work, covering News, Sport, Natural History, Wildlife, Science & Technology, The Arts and much more. Each clip can be downloaded via Quicktime or Windows Media.
Link:
https://jisc.bbcmotiongallery.com
Access: Username and password require. Contact your Subject Librarian.