Friday, October 28, 2011

ECLAP: e-Library for Performing Arts

ECLAP - the e-library for performing arts - is a European project and Best Practice Network that is bringing together the most relevant performing arts content (videos, photographs, texts, essays, etc.) from cultural institutions across Europe.

TateShots : Karla Black

Karla Black’s unorthodox and innovative approach to sculpture has led to a nomination for the Turner Prize 2011. Using established art materials alongside more unusual items such as nail varnish, cellophane and bath salts she creates work whose fragility seems to echo her fascination with pyschological vulnerability. In this interview she talks about what sculpture means to her, and its power to evoke a physical response.

Research Data Management

An online training course to help disseminate good practice in research data management developed at the University of Edinburgh is now free to use by PhD students, early career researchers and digital data users at all UK universities. The non-credit, free online course has interactive units focused on key concepts of data management including video clips of senior academics talking about data management challenges. There are also practical exercises in handling data in four software packages widely used by researchers in different fields, which learners can download and work through at their own pace.

Thursday, October 27, 2011


EUscreen, a new online portal that launches today, provides access to thousands of TV clips from across Europe. It is a groundbreaking collaboration with 36 partners from 19 countries, including access to thousands of items of archive TV footage dating from the early 1900s until today. As well as providing new and exciting insights into Europe’s TV heritage, it also offers news footage and commentary on key events in history, including an interview with Martin Luther King from 1962 about racial discrimination in the US and his most recent arrest, and news footage from 1963 investigating whether the British are for or against joining the European Economic Community.

Royal Society Journals Archive

The Royal Society has today announced that its world-famous historical journal archive – which includes the first ever peer-reviewed scientific journal – has been made permanently free to access online.
Around 60,000 historical scientific papers are accessible via a fully searchable online archive, with papers published more than 70 years ago now becoming freely available. The Royal Society is the world’s oldest scientific publisher, with the first edition of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society appearing in 1665. Treasures in the archive include Isaac Newton’s first published scientific paper, geological work by a young Charles Darwin.

Scottish Institute for Enterprise Workshops

On Wednesday 9th November 2011, Scottish Institute for Enterprise are running an Enterprise Day for all University students in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.


“Sparking your idea” – 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Eileen Scott, Enterprise Support Executive, The University of Glasgow
A dynamic session on how ideas are generated and future trends spotted.

“Taking a Technology Product to Market” - 2.00pm -3.00pm
Brian Williamson, Director, Jumpstart UK
A very practical session based around real life case studies highlighting what is involved in developing and taking a technology product to market.

“Developing an on-line presence” – 3.00pm -4.00pm
Mark Evans, Group Managing Director, Kommando
This SIE Masterclass offers a practical look at how you build a consistent online presence with a good website.

“What makes a good idea a good business idea?” – 3.15pm -4.15pm
Liz Walsh, SIE Regional Business Advisor (Glasgow and West).
This session will show you what you need to do next as you begin to think about commercialising your bright idea.

“Speeding to market” - 4.30pm -5.30pm
Karine Burns – Business Development Manager, Innovation Centres, Scotland
This Masterclass will cover all the practical steps you need to take to get your product or service to market.

“The Practicalities of Setting up a New Venture – 4.30 pm -5.30pm
Paula Skinner and Rachel Thomson, Harper Macleod LLP
This session will guide you through the steps involved in setting up a new venture, the options available to you and the legal responsibilities you need to comply with.

If you would like to attend, please visit and register your interest.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tom Cross

A collection of images by painter Tom Cross has been digitised and made available online via the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS). Tom Cross produced many paintings and drawings inspired by Cornwall's landscapes and seascapes. Prior to his time at Falmouth, Tom lived and worked all around the country and abroad, and was influenced by a range of popular styles including French Modernism and Russian Constructivism, making him a key British twentieth century artist. University College Falmouth acquired the Tom Cross Archive in 2010. The archive provides a personal account of the life and work of the artist and former Principal through sketchbooks, diary entries, news-cuttings and exhibition catalogues.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Vogue Archive Online - Trial Access

The Library currently has trial access to the newly launched Vogue Archive Online. This resource provides a searchable archive of American Vogue, from the very first issue in 1892 right up to the current issue, reproduced in high-resolution. The indexing enables you to search for images by garment type, designer or brand. The Vogue Archive preserves the work of the world's greatest fashion designers, stylists and photographers and is a unique record of American and international fashion, culture and society from the dawn of the modern era to the present day.

To access this resource on-campus:
In order to assess the usefulness of this resource for our students, researchers and staff, the Library needs your feedback. Please forward any thoughts you have on this resource to Academic Liaison Librarian Duncan Chappell at This trial will last for 1 month, until mid-November.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Paris Review Interviews

Celebrated literary magazine The Paris Review has made its archives of interviews with authors and writers freely available, going back to the 1960s. Featured writers include Franzen, Houellebecq, Ballard, Marquez, Ionesco, Kundera and Roth.

Friday, October 14, 2011

New e-books on film and TV techniques

The Library has purchased a selection of electronic books on sound for film and television, all of which are available to read and download using your 'MyGSA' account; you can find links to each book from the Library catalogue:
  • The practical art of motion picture sound (Yewdall)
  • Game sound (Collins)
  • Surround sound (Holman)
  • Eisenstein on the audiovisual (Robertson)
  • Sound for film and television (Tomlinson)
  • The Foley grail (Arment)
  • Avid editing (Kauffmann)
  • The art of the storyboard (Hart)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Victor Stiebel Archive

The Victor Stiebel Archive from the London College of Fashion has now been fully digitised and made available online.
Victor Stiebel (1907-1976) was a British fashion designer whose clients included members of the aristocracy and the royal family. He also had an international reputation and dressed stars such as Katherine Hepburn and Vivien Leigh.
The Archive at London College of Fashion includes three sketchbooks from his couture house in the early 1960s. The sketch books show models wearing his designs, ranging from stylish cocktail dresses to smart suits and blouses, and the books would serve as an overview of a collection and and be shown to clients to encourage them to place orders. The three sketch books cover Stiebel's final years before ill health forced him to retire in 1963.