Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wim Crouwel

The Het Geheugen van Nederland (The Memory of the Netherlands) is a dutch website that contains an extensive collection of illustrations, photographs, texts, film and audio fragments, all of Dutch making, including an impressive archive of work by Wim Crouwel.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/y9xtc6e
Access: Free

History of Email


This is a neat introduction to e-Mail with an overview of its development complemented by a very fine graphic from the Focus business information group. An email timeline flags up significant milestones in the development of e-Mail and Messaging, there’s also a snapshot of e-Mail circulation on an average day and even a sideways look at Spam. Very useful for an introductory computing apps class.
Link: http://www.focus.com/fyi/information-technology/history-and-evolution-email/
Access: Free

Smarthistory

Smarthistory.org is a free multi-media web-book designed as a dynamic enhancement (or even substitute) for the traditional art history textbook. Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker began smarthistory in 2005 by creating a blog featuring free audio guides in the form of podcasts for use in The Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Audio and video conversations about works of art are created, opening up the possibilities of Web 2.0 to create communities and foster collaboration.
Link: http://smarthistory.org/
Access: Free

Monday, March 29, 2010

Paper Forest

Paper Forest is an active and long-running illustrated weblog on paper art. Since 2005 it has covered news on contemporary paper cut-outs, cardboard models, pop-up books, paper theatres, slotted and pinned mechanisms for paper cut-out animation, artists' cut-out dolls, shadow-puppets, and suchlike. The blog is run by five contributors, and posts are well illustrated with pictures and video. There is a keyword search option, or one may browse posts collected by month. An RSS newsfeed is available. This group weblog will be a valuable resource for those interested in contemporary paper art and imaginative book arts.
Link: http://paperforest.blogspot.com/
Access: Free

Earth Hour

Flickr pool for images of last weekend's Earth Hour when people, cities, and famous landmarks joined together to turn off the lights for climate change.
Link: http://www.flickr.com/groups/eh2010/
Access: Free

Parliament's History

Explore Parliament's history with Living Heritage, Parliament's new online history resource. You can find out about the building and its collections, the evolution of Parliament and how people and Parliament have transformed society. Each section of the resource contains a series of topics, including people and parliament transforming society, the education system and women and the vote, and are accompanied by the key dates, research suggestions, interviews with experts, the contemporary context and documents and objects from Parliament's archives and art collections.
Link: http://www.parliament.uk/about/livingheritage.cfm
Access: Free

Spanish Civil War


Complied by the Archives Hub, as part of their 'Collections of the Month' series of articles, the Web page about the Spanish Civil War provides links to: archival catalogues for the papers of political campaigners, historians, and International Brigades volunteers; the records of aid organisations; and catalogues for collections of posters, photographs, and interviews with veterans of the Spanish Civil War.
Link: http://www.archiveshub.ac.uk/spanishcivilwar.shtml
Access: Free

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Old Master Lives

Follow the careers of the Old Masters with these in depth guides to the lives of some of the greatest artists from the National Gallery'
Link: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/learn-about-art/artists/
Access: Free

Alice in Wonderland

Rarely seen nineteenth century slides of Alice in Wonderland plus images on empire, the Great Exhibition and science are freely available to download for educational purposes for the first time.
The beautiful magic lantern slides from around 1900 tell the story of Alice as seen by pre-cinema audiences who would have gathered to enjoy the projections narrated by a storyteller.
These and thousands of other insights into the Victorian period are now accessible online courtesy of a JISC project to digitise a nationally important collection of Victorian culture at the University of Exeter.
Link: http://collections.ex.ac.uk/repository/
Access: Free

Craft Matters

The Crafts Council recently launched a website for their Craft Matters campaign.
The Crafts Council initiative Craft Matters was launched in October 2009 to encourage people to stand up and be counted as supporters of contemporary craft, and say why it is important to them.
Research has shown that 11% of the UK population visited a craft exhibition and 17% participated in a craft activity in 2008/09 (Taking Part survey*). These figures inspired the Crafts Council to give those people – and others – the chance to share their individual passion for craft.
To date, the initiative has over 5,500 subscribers, and a ‘heatmap’ on the website shows supporter locations around the world.If you are a fan of craft, you can take part and tell the Crafts Council why craft matters to you.
Link: http://www.craftmatters.org.uk/
Access: Free

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Bartholomew Archive

This blog from the National Library of Scotland keeps you up to date with news on the Bartholomew Archive, a remarkable record of the Edinburgh-based firm of map engravers, printers and publishers, John Bartholomew & Son Ltd. It is one of the most extensive cartographic archives available for research in a public institution. Members of the Bartholomew family were engaged in map-making from the first known map engraving work of George Bartholomew in 1825. John Bartholomew junior started printing operations before 1870. For more than a century afterwards the Bartholomew firm specialised in high-quality map production.
Link: http://www.nls.uk/blogs/bartholomew/
Access: Free

Monday, March 22, 2010

Quilts

The V&A has launched a gallery of quilts sent in from around the world, in support of its current Quilts exhibition.
Link: http://www.vam.ac.uk/microsites/quilts/
Access: Free

BL Timeline

The new British Library interactive timeline allows you to explore collection items chronologically, from medieval times to the present day. It includes a diverse combination of texts: those that allow glimpses of everyday life (handbills, posters, letters, diaries), remnants of political events (charters, speeches, campaign leaflets), and the writings of some of our best known historical and literary figures.
Link: http://www.bl.uk/timeline
Access: Free

Screen Search Fashion

Screen Search Fashion is an online resource that provides a thematic guide to aspects of 1920s and 1930s fashion and dress, as depicted in film from Screen Archive South East (SASE)'s collections. The vast potential of non-fiction film as a resource for students, who are interested in fashion and dress is highlighted by this resource, which has the potential to contribute to dress historians' developing interest in everyday fashions. The site provides a thematic guide to aspects of 1920s and 1930s fashion, as depicted in over 200 newly digitised stills and clips, enabling the researcher to discover key aspects of fashion and dress of the period in their historical and design contexts. The site includes links to records in Screen Archive South East's online database, where the films can be explored in further detail.
Link: http://www.brighton.ac.uk/screenarchive/fashion/
Access: Free

Ghostsigns

A new online archive records painted advertising across the country. The History of Advertising Trust launches its Ghostsigns Archive today, documenting and archiving painted advertising on buildings across the UK. Painted signs were once common but have been replaced by printed billboards, and those that survive are fading fast, or being demolished during building work.
Link: http://www.ghostsigns.co.uk/archive
Access: Free

CHARM Sound Search

A new music repository from King’s College London, the CHARM Sound File Search engine allows the user to browse and search a library of around 5,000 individual sides of 78s, digitised to a high standard.
The Centre for History and Analysis of Recorded Music has been busy with their Transfer Project, digitising and cataloguing a section of their archive of 150,000 78rpm records, and the first stage of their project has just gone online. Their repository offers a flexible search engine, streaming and downloadable FLAC options, as well as a thorough metadata schema including photographs of disc labels and full technical records of the digitisation process.
Link: http://www.charm.kcl.ac.uk/sound/sound_search.html
Access: Free

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Glasgow International Artists' Bookfair

The website of Glasgow International Artists' Bookfair has been updated with even more information for visitors. GIAB will run at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall from 16-17 April 2010, 11-6. Entry is free.
Link: http://www.giab.org.uk/

Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network

C-SPAN has put its entire video archive online, 23 years of broadcasting amounting to over 160,000 hours of content. C-SPAN stands for Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network. It's an American cable TV network owned and operated by the US cable industry as a free service. It was set up in 1987 to record government proceedings, and its archive documents practically every session of the Senate and the House of Representatives, presidential press briefings and many kinds of public affairs events.
Link: http://www.c-span.org/
Access: Free

Russian Theatre Designs

Russian theatre designs from the Harvard Theatre Collection, including many designs and sketches for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.
via Bibliodyssey
Link: http://hcl.harvard.edu/collections/digital_collections/russian_theatre.cfm
Access: Free

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Artists' Books Talk

Duncan Chappell from GSA on Vimeo.


A recording of the lunchtime talk at GSA's Archives and Collections Centre 12.00-13.00 3rd February 2010 in which Duncan Chappell, Academic Liaison Librarian at GSA, talks about the extensive collection of artists books held by the Library.
"The Glasgow School of Art Library has a superb and comprehensive collection of artists' books, amassed over many years. Housed in the Mackintosh Library, the collection can be consulted during its normal opening hours and features over 2,000 items. Items in the collection come in all kinds of forms: from edible books to calendars, and from multiples to musical books that play a tune. We even have books in the form of moebius strips, or books made from human DNA embedded and fired in porcelain. We continue to actively build the collection today. This short talk by Librarian Duncan Chappell will introduce a wide range of examples, with an opportunity to learn more about the Library’s collection. There will also be an opportunity to browse through the books on display."

Monday, March 15, 2010

Library Guide to Sustainability Resources

To reflect GSA's ongoing interest in environmental sustainability, we've put together a list of recent general books on the subject which are available from the Library, together with details of relevant online, full-text journals which staff and students can access using their GSA Athens account. The list is in the form of a pdf on the 'collections' part of the Library website.
Access: Free

Images of Ireland

In honour of St. Patrick’s Day, the Library of Congress has posted over 100 photochromes of Ireland from the Detroit Publishing Company.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/ycr3w8x
Access: Free

Thursday, March 11, 2010

New Guide to the Artists' Book Collection

A guide to the Library's extensive Artists’ Book Collection has just been uploaded to the website, and is available for download.
As well as introducing artists’ books and providing a bibliography, it also provides a thematic introduction to the works in our collection, under headings like Paranoia and Surveillance, Genetics, Environmentalism, Urbanism and the City, and The Unconscious. 3 or 4 examples, with illustrations, are given under each heading.
The guide will be a useful first port of call for readers who want to use the collection, but don’t know where to start with the 2000+ volumes we hold!
Link: http://www2.gsa.ac.uk/library/artists_books.html

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Aidan Moffat in Conversation

Poet Jackie Kay and former Arab strap frontman Aidan Moffat in converstion with Doug Johnstone at Edinburgh Central Library.
Link: http://www.youtube.com/user/talesofonecity
Access: Free

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Open Source Fonts

The League of Moveable Type: A Collection of Open Source Fonts provides well-designed, free & open-source ready-to-use fonts.
Link: http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/
Access: Free

Friday, March 05, 2010

Life in India and South Asia

The Centre of South Asian Studies at Cambridge University has released online a collection of almost 300 films showing life in India and other parts of South Asia during the final days of the British Empire. The remarkable archive comprises around fifty different private collections made by people who lived and worked in India between 1911 and 1956 and which were originally gathered together in the 1960s. The Centre has been able to digitise the collection and publish only for free access - not only to view, but to download and reuse in education.
Link: http://lucknow.s-asian.cam.ac.uk/archive/films/filmlist.html
Access: Free

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Wildlife Finder

Wildlife Finder is a new site from the BBC using footage from the Natural History Unit to show wild animals, their habitats and behaviours.
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/wildlifefinder/
Access: Free

David Plowden

From the Beinecke Library at Yale.
For five decades, the photographer David Plowden of Winnetka, Illinois, has documented America’s vanishing landscapes and artifacts, his stunning black and white photographs forming an image of life in 20th-century urban and rural America.
Link: http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/digitallibrary/plowden.html
Access: Free

Dutch Bookbindings

The Memory of The Netherlands site has digitised a representative sampling of one thousand book bindings from the holdings of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Royal National Library of The Netherlands). The collection includes luxurious hand-made binding examples from over 800 years up to the 21st century. Except where stated, all book bindings above were produced in Holland.
via Bibliodyssey.
Link: http://www.geheugenvannederland.nl/?/nl/collecties/boekbanden
Access: Free

Billy Childish

In Part 5 of Tate's Sound and Vision series ,TateShots went to visit famed Punk rocker and former ‘Stuckist’ artist Billy Childish at his studio in Kent. After being expelled from school, Childish trained as a stonemason in Chatham dockyard. Born Stephen Hamper, he got the name Billy Childish from a mate in one of the punk bands he was in as a teenager. Since then Childish been as prolific a painter as he is a musician, and in this interview he talks about how his approach to making music art and poetry is often the same: ‘I’m interested in the elemental, not impressing myself and not impressing others. I fail, I often impress myself and I have sometimes impressed others’
Link: http://channel.tate.org.uk/media/68322240001
Access: Free

Marketing Switzerland

Switzerland has been a popular destination for as long as there have been travellers, and certain regions of what is now Switzerland began planning for visitors from near and far as much as two centuries ago. Just what is it that makes the place so appealing? Images, familiar and unfamiliar, of Switzerland as a tourist destination are available to view online in the exhibition "Swiss Appeal" at the Swiss National Library.
Link: http://www.nb.admin.ch/aktuelles/01962/03016/03017/index.html?lang=en
Access: Free