Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Library Launches Information Skills Resource for the GSA Community

InfosmART is the GSA Library’s online interactive course in information and research skills. If you have ever struggled with writing bibliographies, conducting literature reviews, finding information, or referencing sources, then InfosmART is for you!
  • Learn how to select your sources and define your keywords.
  • Learn how to search your sources quickly and effectively.
  • Learn how to evaluate the information you find for currency, relevance, accuracy and methodology.
  • Learn how to cite the information you find as references and bibliographies in your own work.
You can find InfosmART under Students Services or Staff Services on the VLE.
Link: http://vle.gsa.ac.uk

Visible Body

The Visible Body, presented by Argosy Publishing, features a complete, searchable, online and fully interactive 3D human anatomy model, and detailed models of all body systems. Detailed, anatomically accurate, three-dimensional models of more than 1,700 anatomical structures are available, including all major organs and body systems. The models were developed by experienced medical illustrators and experts in biomedical visualisation, and the content has been reviewed for accuracy by physicians and anatomists. It is free to use the system but registration is required. The Visible Body is aimed at students, instructors and health professionals, and a tutorial gives advice on using the system, but could potentially be used to support life drawing classes. The system permits searching and locating of anatomical structures by name, and zooming, rotating, hiding and other interactivity with representations of anatomical components.
Link: http://www.visiblebody.com/start
Access: Free

Free Music Archive

The Free Music Archive provides high-quality, music in a wide range of genres at no cost, with all content offered under creative commons licenses. The New York State Music Fund provided initial finance for FMA which seeks to maintain a high-quality resource through the use of selected curators who approve or deny all submissions to the collection. Anyone can download music from the site for educational use in podcasts, videos, and other digital presentation formats. The music collections can be searched by genre or by curator.
Link: http://freemusicarchive.org/
Access: Free

Radical Small-Press Writing

Eclipse is a “free online archive focusing on digital facsimiles of the most radical small-press writing from the last quarter century”. The extensive archive can be browsed by title or author, and items may be read online (as scanned images in TIF format) or downloaded in PDF format. Each item is usually accompanied by very short biographical and contextual details.
via UCL Library Services.
Link: http://english.utah.edu/eclipse/
Access: Free

British Film Institute on YouTube

The British Film Institute has over 200 films from its archives available on YouTube. Films can be browsed individually or by topics such as London on film, sport in Britain, and Britain in the 1920s.
via UCL Library Services.
Link: http://www.youtube.com/user/BFIfilms
Access: Free

Kiddie Records Weekly

Kiddie Records Weekly is devoted to the golden age of American children’s records, spanning the mid forties through the early fifties. Scanned covers are accompanied by the music and stories which can be streamed or downloaded.
via UCL Library Services.
Link: http://www.kiddierecords.com/
Access: Free

Friday, May 22, 2009

Carol Ann Duffy

In recognition of the recent appointment of Carol Ann Duffy as the first female, and Scottish, Poet Laureate, the Library has just purchased copies of her poetry volumes The World's Wife, Mean Time, and Rapture, as well as her volume of poetry for children The Hat. You can find Carol Ann Duffy's work in the Library's Fiction Collection.

Peter Docter MP4

Pete Docter, the director of the Disney/Pixar movie UP, is one of the top creative figures in contemporary animation. He directed Monsters, Inc. and was a writer for Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and Wall-E. Docter spoke at a Museum of the Moving Image event following a preview screening for the Museum's new family member group Red Carpet Kids. The discussion includes questions from some of the young children in the audience. The event took place just days after Docter returned from France, where UP became the first animated movie to open the Cannes Film Festival.
Link: http://www.movingimagesource.us/dialogues
Access: Free

Big Picture Magazine

The Big Picture is the new visually-focussed free film magazine from Intellect publishers that goes beyond the borders of the screen to reveal cinema's unique power to entertain, inspire and connect to each and every one of us. In this latest issue you will find special features about 'The Face on Screen' and 'Mobile Cinemas in Africa' among our regular sections such as 'On Location', which this issue focuses on Berlin and 'One Shot', which discusses Hitchcock's Psycho.
Link: http://thebigpicturemagazine.com/
Access: Free

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Geffrye Museum Collections

The Geffrye Museum has just launched a new searchable online archive, providing access to an increasing number of paintings, furniture and furnishings, ceramics, glass, ephemera and decorative ornaments. Other online resources from the Geffrye include their e-learning facility, Walk Through a Victorian House, which has encouraged children to explore both the domestic life and layout of a Victorian home in London since launching last year.
Link: http://www.geffrye-museum.org.uk/collections/search-the-collections/
Access: Free

Etsy Videos

Etsy, the online marketplace for all things hand-crafted, now features a series of videos of artists showing demonstrating the processes involved in making their work. The videos can be streamed online, subscribed to in iTunes, or downloaded for iPod in MP4 format.
Link: http://www.etsy.com/storque/search/tags/process-video/
Access: Free

Fantastical Headdresses

Fantastical headdresses taken from 'Ouvrage Rare et Nouveau Contenant Plusieurs Desseins de Marveilleuse Recreation sous Diverses Caprices et Gentilesses', sourced from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Via Bibliodyssey.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/pbxc44
Access: Free

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Materials Science Journals Now Available

Students, staff and researchers at GSA now have access to a number of cutting-edge science and materials publications from the Institute of Physics. These publications, which include titles such as Nonlinearity, Physiological Measurement, and Nanotechnology present extremely high quality cutting edge research. All titles are indexed in the Library Catalogue with links provided.
Link: http://www.iop.org/EJ/
Access: Free on campus only

Children's Books in GSA Library 2

A lot of beautiful and innovative illustration is currently going on in the area of children's picture books, with a number of high profile publishers and galleries publishing artist and designer-led kids publications. Here's a few we've added to the GSA Library collections recently. You'll find them at 741.083

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Akira in GSA Library

The complete 6 volumes of the iconic Akira is now available in GSA Library.
From master storyteller Katsuhiro Otomo, Akira was the epic work that introduced the West to the stylised and sweeping artform of manga. This post-apocalyptic saga, set in the remains of Neo-Tokyo, charts the coming of the creature known only as Akira, a power both feared and prized for its potential to shake the recovering world. Caught in a power play between factions of a brutal military organisation, Kaneda - young, restless, committed to defying authority - and Ryu, the leader of an underground movement, are pulled into an escalating nightmare, built around a group of psychically powered children.

Vintage Matchbox Covers

Flickr photostream of vintage matchbox covers.
Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/maraid/sets/72157594234429063/
Access: Free

Old Photos of Japan

Old Photos of Japan shows photos of Japan between the 1860s and 1930s. In 1854, Japan opened its doors to the outside world for the first time in more than 200 years. It set in motion a truly astounding transformation. As fate would have it, photography had just been invented. As the old country vanished and a new one was born, daring photographers took photos. Discover what life was like with their rare and precious photographs of old Japan.
Link: http://oldphotosjapan.com/en/
Access: Free

Angus Fairhurst

As a special feature in issue 20 of their online magazine TateShots, Tate online has provided this video remembering the art and humour of the Young British Artist Angus Fairhurst who died in March 2008. Artists Gavin Turk and Mat Collishaw, as well as Tate Director Nicholas Serota, recall their memories of Fairhurst, an English artist, who worked in installation, photography and video, alongside images of his huge range of work on exhibition at the Arnolfini in Bristol. This video can be viewed online or downloaded as an MP4 on a range of media player software such as iTunes and QuickTime player. A transcript of the commentary is also available.
Link: http://www.tate.org.uk/tateshots/episode.jsp?item=18099
Access: Free

Mantatta by Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (N.Y.) has provided this six-minute film `Manhatta' on their website. Made in 1920 by American artist Charles Sheeler and photographer Paul Strand, this film spans an imaginary day in the life of New York City, and has been described as the first avant-garde film made in America. A link is provided to the poem `Leaves of Grass' by Walt Whitman, on which the film was based. Sheeler exhibited `Manhatta' as both a projected film and as prints from the film strips. Three formats to watch this film are offered: Real Video; QuickTime for broadband and QuickTime for modem.
Link: http://www.metmuseum.org/explore/artists_view/manhatta_main.html
Access: Free

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sporting Sketches

The New York Public Library Digital Gallery website has provided this online copy of `Sporting sketches: consisting of subjects relating to sports...' a collection of 75 prints and drawings by the English painter and engraver Henry Thomas Alken that was originally issued in six parts dating from 1 February 1817 to 2 February 1818. Alken specialised in sporting subjects, working as an illustrator for sporting periodicals. Bibliographic information is provided by clicking on any of the 62 thumbnails of the hand-coloured lithographs, which make up this volume. This collection also includes a volume of 11 of Alken's original pencil and watercolour drawings of birds, horses, deer and other country scenes.
Link: http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/explore/dgexplore.cfm?topic=all&col_id=150
Access: Free

Spanish Civil War Posters

The Spanish Archives Portal (PARES) has made available digital images of more than 2,200 posters of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), physically kept at the Documentation Centre of Historical Memory. Posters were produced by all sides in the war, but due to the historical circumstances in which they were collected, there is a great number of posters confiscated by the military forces of Francisco Franco. These include images produced by: masonic groups; anarchists; socialists; and in general any dissident group which did not conform with the official ideology of Franco's dictatorship. The digital collection has been made available for free, and the user can browse all contents, or search by: author; title; editor; printing press; and date.
Link: http://pares.mcu.es/cartelesGC/
Access: Free

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Children's Books in GSA Library 1

A lot of beautiful and innovative illustration is currently going on in the area of children's picture books, with a number of high profile publishers and galleries publishing artist and designer-led kids publications. Here's a few we've added to the GSA Library collections recently. You'll find them at 741.083

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

German Illustration

The Illuopia blog showcases Patrick Wirbeleit’s collection of German illustration and design before 1980, with a focus on children’s book art.
Link: http://illuopa.blogspot.com/
Access: Free

Spike Jonze Blog

Spike Jonze is a very popular film director among GSA students at the moment. He has just set up a blog up called We Love You So, which documents the inspirations behind the film Where The Wild Things Are.
Link: http://weloveyouso.com/
Access: Free