Friday, December 10, 2010

Scotland on Screen

Students, researchers and staff at Glasgow School of Art now have access to hundreds of film clips from the Scotland on Screen website. Scotland on Screen is an exciting educational resource that puts hundreds of important historical film texts online, providing students with a rear-view mirror on our society over the past century. All clips are taken from the Scottish Screen Archive.
Students can
  • Create your own films or moving image essays
  • Browse all clips on the site
  • Search by subject or subject area
  • Log-in to download clips to make your own creative work with a new soundtrack
  • Watch over 15 hours of Scottish archive film in either streaming or high-quality versions
Access: Username and password required. Enquire at Library Service Desk

Tobar an Dualchais

More than 15,000 recordings from Scotland's past are now available online on the oral archive, Tobar an Dualchais. The recordings, from all parts of the country and some dating back more than eight decades, are drawn from the archives of the School of Scottish Studies, the BBC and the National Trust for Scotland's Canna Collection.
The range of material on the site is immense, with bothy ballads, love songs, children's rhymes, laments and songs composed by village poets along with fairy stories, historical legends and tales of ghosts and kelpies. Birth, life and death customs and work practices are also recorded and variations of these, found across Scotland, can be heard.

Faces of the American Civil War

The Library of Congress has just uploaded nearly 700 faces of the American Civil War, from the Liljenquist Family Collection.

Fashioning Felt

This website is the online companion to the exhibition 'Fashioning Felt' hosted by the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. The exhibition took place from the 6th March until the 7th September 2009. The exhibition focuses on felt that has been produced by hand or by machine-felting process but it excludes non-woven felt and techniques in order to emphasise the essential elements used in felt making. There are three main sections. The section on objects, shows images and details of exhibits as well as links to related designs. The section on process includes photos showing how a Turkmenistan carpet is made. There is also a blog. One can browse objects by keyword such as architecture, fashion or furniture or by designer.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Hauser & Wirth

Those wonderful people at the Hauser & Wirth Gallery have just made a very generous donation to the Library of over 20 books and catalogues. These books, including catalogues on Paul McCarthy, Roni Horn, Allan Kaprow, Guillermo Kuitca, Isa Genzken, Jason Rhoades, Lee Lozano, Caro Niederer, are all comprehensively researched and beautifully produced and will provide an excellent resource for students of Fine Art at the GSA.
Hauser & Wirth have galleries in Zurich, London and New York and are one of the world's leading contemporary art galleries. It represents over 40 emerging and contemporary artists, as well as the estates of Eva Hesse, Allan Kaprow, Dieter Roth, and the Henry Moore Family Collection. Check out the website at

Project MUSE

We've just finished adding another 80 e-journals to the library catalogue, all of which are available on-campus at GSA via Project MUSE. The titles cover all subhject disciplines, including women's studies, philosophy and history, technology, literature, sociology, cultural studies, and many more. A particular bonus is that most journals are available up to and including their latest issues.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Anatomy Atlases

Anatomy Atlases is a digital library of anatomy information curated by Ronald A. Bergman.

Constance Howard Textiles Archive

A further 200 objects from the material archive at the Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles at Goldsmiths College, University of London, have been digitised and made available online.
The Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles documents, promotes, and fosters the pioneering history of textiles at Goldsmiths from the 1940s to the present day, and works with alumni, contemporary practitioners, museologists, curators, writers, performers, oral historians, anthropologists and technologists on the generation, presentation, and promotion of textiles as a primary source of cultural knowledge and heritage in the UK, and internationally.
The Centre’s material archive was originally formed in the 1980s and reflected the pedagogic principals of Constance Howard and Audrey Walker, two former Heads of Textiles at Goldsmiths College, University of London. At the heart of the material archive is the story of the evolution of contemporary textiles as they progressed over the life of this remarkable textile course. The Collection also includes an eclectic, international treasure trove of textiles that are extraordinarily rich in breadth and diversity, ranging from full-scale quilts and hangings to tiny fragments of embroidery and lace.

Toby Ziegler

Toby Ziegler talks TateShots through his exhibition 'The Alienation of Objects' at the 176 gallery in London.

Eugenics Review

The complete archive of the Eugenics Review journal - from 1909 through to 1968 - has been digitised through the Wellcome Library's Backfile Digitisation Project, and is now freely available at PubMed Central.
As the official journal of the Eugenics Education Society (later known as just the Eugenics Society) , the Review published papers written by prominent members of the eugenics movement, including Francis Galton, Julian Huxley and Major Leonard Darwin.
Eugenics is the "applied science or the biosocial movement which advocates the use of practices aimed at improving the genetic composition of a population," usually referring to human populations. Eugenics was widely popular in the early decades of the 20th century, but has fallen into disrepute after having become associated with Nazi Germany. Since the postwar period, both the public and the scientific communities have associated eugenics with Nazi abuses, such as enforced racial hygiene, human experimentation, and the extermination of "undesired" population groups.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Artists' Books Arrivals

New artists' books in the GSA Library's Artists' Books Collection:

Bertola, Carla (2010) Six x Six. Dugort: Redfoxpress

Chiarlone, Bruno (2010) Walk t Over. Dugort: Redfoxpress.

Sztuka Fabryka (2010) B/W-CLR. Dugort: Redfoxpress.

Rautenberg, Arne (2010) Yeah! Dugort: Redfoxpress.

Spence, Pete (2010) '!. Dugort: Redfoxpress.

Kivland, Sharon and Morlock, Forbes (2009) Freud and the Gift of Flowers. York: Information as Material.

Leaf, June (2010) Record 1974/1975. Gottingen: Steidl.

Boltanski, Christian (1995) Sachlich. Munich: Gina Kehayoff.

Chapman, Jake (2010) Memoirs of My Writer's Block. London: FUEL.

Bastian, M. S. and L., Isabelle (2010) Bastokalypse. Zurich: Speidegger & Speiss.

Eggers, Dave (2010) Is It Right to Draw Their Fur: Animal Renderings. San Francisco: McSweeney's.

Library Display: Bookbindings by Jessie M. King

To complement the Glasgow Girls exhibition which has just opened in the Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh Gallery, the GSA Library is currently showing a display of bookbindings by Jessie M. King from its Special Collections. The bindings span the entire length of King's career. One cabinet is situated just inside on the Library entrance, with another on the top floor next to the Librarians' Office.
Readers can also download a complete bibliography of bindings and illustrated books by King held by GSA Library at

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Everywoman Magazine

The GSA Library has just acquired an almost complete run of the seminal feminist magazine Everywoman, courtesy of Glasgow Women's Library.
" Everywoman is a radical departure from the familiar content of contemporary woman’s magazines, which act as a conduit for advertising – urging us to love our bodies alongside advertisements for plastic surgery. The lifetime of Everywoman’s publication shows the extent to which there was a readership for an alternative periodical. The publication played a role in connecting women politically and socially, combating isolation ideologically and bringing together women who may be geographically remote from each other. For many women, such publications (see also Spare Rib, Shrew or Red Rag ) offered a rare space in which to discuss taboo subjects such as female sexuality.Similarly to Spare Rib, Everywoman shunned the glossy aesthetic of magazines like Cosmopolitan, instead replicating the style of the newsletters of the 1960s underground press, evidencing its grassroots origins.
Although a commercial magazine maintained by its readership, at its inception Everywoman was published by a women’s co-operative (owned and run by its editorial committee). Chrissie Hynde was a lifetime supporting subscriber, and Germaine Greer and Susie Orbach were also long-term subscribers to Everywoman."
Everywoman magazine can be found in the periodicals section at the rear of the main GSA Library

Friday, November 12, 2010

Project MUSE

Students, researchers and staff at GSA now have access to hundreds of further electronic journals through Project MUSE.
Project MUSE is a unique collaboration between libraries and publishers, providing 100% full-text and user-friendly online access to a comprehensive selection of prestigious humanities and social sciences journals. Alll journals are heavily indexed and peer-reviewed, with critically acclaimed articles by the most respected scholars in their fields. MUSE is also the sole source of complete, full-text versions of titles from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies.
Access to this resource is on-campus only.

Critical Journaling

Gillham, B. & McGilp, H. (2007) 'Recording the creative process: an empirical basis for practice-integrated research in the arts'. International Journal of Art and Design Education, 26(2), pp.177-184.
For GSA 4th Year undergraduates opting for the new Critical Journal pathway in the Forum of Critical Inquiry, this article by Bill Gillham and Helen McGilp may be of interest. Although aimed primarily at the textiles discipline, its key findings and conclusions are equally applicable to any practitioner embarking upon creative journaling.
"A case is made for a form of narrative reporting (the Creative Process Journal) as a methodology for practice-integrated research in the arts. It is argued that this stage of research creativity, which applies in all domains of academic study but is often not reported, is fundamental to the kind of arts research which allocates practice a central role. The practical and technological character of making a CPJ, and its consequent benefits to the maker–researcher are outlined."
This article is available directly, without login, on GSA campus only.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Pre-Raph Pack

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has the finest collection in the world of the paintings of the Pre-Raphaelites, the highly influential group of English painters who revolutionised English painting in the middle of the nineteenth century. Now the collection is supported by a range of online resources designed to lead you through all aspects of the beliefs of ‘the brotherhood’, their influences, styles and techniques.

New Library Guide: Resources for Ecology and Environment

The GSA Library has just launched a new guide to its resources for environment, ecology and sustainability. The guide provides useful library shelfmarks for topics such as air pollution, biodiversity and climate change. It also provides thematic access to the Library's ever-increasing range of electronic journals, from the International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies to Contemporary Problems of Ecology. All in all, you'll find in excess of 50 high-quality peer-reviewed environment journals available through the GSA Library. The new guide also introduces a number of databases and datasets that can be used in environmental research, from the British Atmospheric Data Centre to Acts of the UK Parliament, and from Online Population Reports to the Energy Citations Database.

OnView Online

The Crafts Council has just launched OnView Online, it's new online gallery dedicated
to exploring contemporary craft themes. Showcasing a series of innovative exhibitions, some which start with the Crafts Council Collection, OnViewOnline is a place where objects are displayed in new ways and opinion is shared.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Glasgow Arts and Health Network

Glasgow Arts and Health Network is a networking and learning community dedicated to furthering knowledge and understanding of contemporary arts and health practices. It provides a hub for the sharing of local, national and international arts and health information, comprising creative and performing arts practitioners, architects, artists with mental health training, frontline health practitioners, health managers, , researchers, arts and medical students, patients, carers and volunteers.

Artists' Books by Helen Shaddock

We've just purchased 2 amazing handmade artists' books from GSA alumni and artist Helen Shaddock. The first uses an accordion fold structure in orange, blue and violet paper with cut-throughs revealing layers of complementarily coloured papers below, almost like a Victorian photographic diarama. The second features intricate lattices of overlapping black, orange and sky blue papers, all beautifully handcut and almost architectonic in form.
These wonderful books will become part of the Library's Artists' Books Collection, which is located in the Mackintosh Library and is available for consultation between 11 and 12 daily.

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Power of Cartoons

New on TED Talks: in a series of witty punchlines, Patrick Chappatte makes a poignant case for the power of the humble cartoon. His projects in Lebanon, West Africa and Gaza show how, in the right hands, the pencil can illuminate serious issues and bring the most unlikely people together.

History of Art Resource Centre

The History of Art Resource Centre at the University of Glasgow has just launched an online catalogue, though several volumes and titles remain to be added. The Resource Centre is available to GSA students on a reference only basis by prior appointment. It is located at 7 University Gardens, Glasgow and is open between the hours of 10 - 5 Mon - Fri (closed 1 - 2 for lunch).

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Book Arts Newsletter

The latest edition of the Book Arts Newsletter is now available to view online. Content include:


Amy Davies unique works at UWE Bristol

Al-Mutanabbi Street Broadsides Tour, Winter 2010, at Northern Print and Inkspot Press

A solo exhibition by Inge Bruggeman at The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Portland, USA

Banu Cennetoglu, Sample Sale 2010 BC, at Rodeo gallery, Istanbul

Funazaki & Flynn, Boxed Arrangements, at Ketchum Pleon London


Mette-Sofie D. Ambeck awarded the Birgit Ski├Âld Memorial Trust Artist Book Award


ASSOCIAZIONE PROFESSIONE LIBRO upcoming courses 2010 and 2011

New Evening Classes at the Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE Bristol

Introduction to Bookbinding classes with Simon Goode


The Fifth Manchester Artists’ Book Fair, The Holden Gallery, Manchester School of Art, Saturday 6th November 2010

11th Biennial Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair and Conference, November 5-7, 2010

THE NY ART BOOK FAIR, MoMA PS1, November 5–7 2010

Small Publishers Fair, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL, Friday 12th and Saturday 13th November 2010

MCBA 2010 Book Arts Festival, Saturday, 20th November 2010

Handmade & Bound, St Aloysius Social Club, 20 Phoenix Road, London NW1, Sunday 21 November 2010

Artists’ Books and Independent Publishing Fair, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Saturday 27 November 2010


Call to artists for an exhibition of artists’ books on the subject of Democracy in August/September 2011 at grahame galleries + editions, Australia

The 2010 Artists’ Book of the Moment Call, Canada

Doverodde Book Arts Festival 2-5 June 2011, Denmark

INTERNET NEWS including:

Lisa Wigham, a new website for The Two am press.

A book arts resources list compiled by Linda Kiley and Laura Russell of 23 Sandy Gallery for book artists in the Portland area and further afield.


MISS CAROL’S 2011 CALENDAR, A new production by Pet Galerie

Artists’ Books by Christopher Robinson

THE RUBAIYAT of Omar Khayyam by Dmitry Sayenko

Issue 5 of the award winning KAREN MAGAZINE

REPORTS & REVIEWS including:

Little River Plate Theatre of Entities. Ral Veroni. Argentina.

LIBERATURE in Theory and Practice. Katarzyna Bazarnik and Zenon Fajfer. Poland

SPUREN. A report from Klaus von Mirbach. Germany.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Management and Business Studies Portal

The British Library has just launched its new Management and Business Studies Portal, bringing together full text research reports, summaries, working papers, videos and exclusive articles by leading researchers and consultants to help you get timely access to emerging research findings. As well as these digital documents, you'll find details of books, journal articles, reports, websites, datasets, sound recordings, videos and other resources from the British Library's collections that are relevant to your search.

Global Shakespeares

The Global Shakespeares Video & Performance Archive is a collaborative project providing online access to performances of Shakespeare from many parts of the world as well as essays and metadata provided by scholars and educators in the field. The archive is a work in progress and currently includes a catalogue of more than 296 productions, 75 video clips, and online videos of over 30 full productions.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Camera-Less Photography

As part of its Shadow Catchers exhibition on camera-less photography, the V&A has commissioned a short film on each of the five international artists featured in the show: Floris Neususs, Pierre Cordier, Gary Fabian Miller, Susan Derges and Adam Fuss

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Interviews with Nobel Laureate Scientists

The 20th Century was a time that saw significant advances in all branches of science. In the 1980s, the BBC decided to preserve a record of some of the great minds behind these remarkable developments and recorded a series of in-depth interviews with Nobel Prize-winning scientists in conversation with biologist and broadcaster Lewis Wolpert. Never before broadcast, this footage was discovered within the BBC Archive and made available in partnership with BBC World Service and Wellcome Collection. It presents a unique record of key figures from the world of science in the recent past.

Drawing to Learn

Drawing to Learn is a new series of booklets which have been developed through the LearnHigher Centre of Excellence in Teaching & Learning. The booklets offer a practical introduction to using drawing and other visual methods to support undergraduate and postgraduate learning and research in every discipline - not just those with which these activities are usually associated. Observational drawing sharpens perception and enables rapid and accurate recording of key data in almost any situation, while conceptual drawing and diagramming reinforce memory and help develop critical thinking by requiring students to make explicit their understanding of abstract ideas and complex processes. Drawing activities also provide an effective trigger for discussion and dialogue, and can help students reflect on their learning experiences to support academic and professional development planning.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Czechoslovakian Graphics

Courtesy of Journey Round My Skull.

Mario Vargas Llosa Wins Nobel

Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa has won this year's Nobel Prize for Literature. Llosa is one of the most acclaimed writers of the Spanish-speaking world, having written over 30 novels and plays. The Nobel Committee praised his "cartography of structures of power" and "trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat."
GSA Library stocks a number of Llosa titles in translation in its Fiction Collection, available on the mezzanine level of the Main Library.

Art in the Scottish Parliament

This website from the Scottish Parliament contains descriptions and images of all the works of art commissioned for the Parliament building in Edinburgh's Royal Mile, including works by Shauna McMullin, Alison Kinnaird and Sara Brennan.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

National Poetry Day

To mark National Poetry Day 2010, Culture24 has teamed up with publishers Faber to film four poets who each reveal what inspires them and how they write their poems.

Domesday Book

This new interactive tool from the National Archives enables you to search and browse over 90% of the places mentioned in Domesday Book.

Vintage Fashion

An evening of vintage fashion at Edinburgh’s Central Library on George IV Bridge, Thursday 21 October at 6.30pm. Representatives from Armstrong’s and Barnardo’s Vintage will be discussing vintage with Lynne McCrossan, author of A Girl’s Guide to Vintage. This event is FREE and complimentary fizz will be served.

John Berger's Ways of Seeing

John Berger’s 1972 BBC TV series Ways of Seeing is now available in full on Ubuweb. A series of visual essays which question the hidden ideologies of images, the programme was accompanied by a book of the same title which can be found in GSA Library.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Gay Rights Movement

This newly launched online collection from the BBC Archive charts the story so far for gay and lesbian equality in the UK. Many of the programmes reflect the language common at the time when they were first broadcast and illustrate the changing attitudes towards homosexuality in the last 50 years.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Andrei Tarkovsky

Andrei Tarkovsky’s seven feature films are now available to watch online at the Open Culture website.

Greek Manuscripts

The British Library has digitised over a quarter of its Greek manuscripts (284 volumes) for the first time and made them freely available online. The website provides researchers with access to high quality digital images of a major part of the British Library’s Greek manuscripts collection, supported by enhanced metadata which enables users to search using key words. The British Library holds over 1000 Greek manuscripts, over 3000 Greek papyri and a comprehensive collection of early Greek printing. These collections make the Library one of the largest and most important centres outside Greece for the study of over 2000 years of Hellenic culture. The Greek manuscripts contain unique and outstandingly rich information for researchers working on the literature, history, science, religion, philosophy and art of the whole of the Eastern Mediterranean in the Classical and Byzantine periods.