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.