Tuesday, October 30, 2012

International Directory of Art Libraries

Vasser College Art Library in New York have devised an ambitious virtual resource for searching the location of art libraries across many international countries. Nearly 3000 libraries with specialist holdings in art and architecture are available to search with information at the link for each institution including opening hours, librarian contact details and a link to the library site. Information was compiled through the use of an electronic survey circulated by the Arts Libraries Society of North America to respective art library societies in the UK, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand. A useful page to bookmark if you are out and about and wish to consult an alternative range of art resources - just check the individual library's site concerning access before you go. SCONUL membership may be required in the case of UK academic libraries. Access for reference only will be permitted by some public libraries.

Friday, October 26, 2012

October launch of The Google Cultural Institute

Google's Cultural Institute, launched earlier this month, is a virtual museum with the aim of preserving and promoting culture in online. As well as an imposing website aesthetic, the resource also excels in presenting digitised exhibits of archives which chronicle historical figures and events from the twentieth century up to the present day. Not only do the archives provide a comprehensive visual account of a certain period, they also interweave the personal stories of individuals in the form of narratives which run through each of the 42 exhibits. Major world events such as D-Day, the Holocaust and the anti-apartheid movement are documented with reference to manuscripts, old photographs, artifacts and videos. 
Google have worked with a number of international partners to bring the highly visual and personal nature of the archive to life. Perhaps most useful to GSA researchers is the ability to zoom in and out on the images on the site as found in studying the digital collections of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the facility to search across the archive for specific persons, places, events or dates.

Monday, October 22, 2012

The latest Journal Table of Contents (TOCs)

JournalTOCs sponsored by Heriot-Watt University, pulls together a database of Table of Contents (TOCs) from 20,263 scholarly journals and provides a convenient point of access to search these TOCs.
As well as providing comprehensive lists of the most highly regarded journals, the latest published research from some 1282 publishers is also searchable online with the aim of providing alerts to researchers when new issues of academic publications are about to be published. Even if you’re not a researcher or academic these publications can still be useful to identify likely future trends, or how technology or an idea is being implemented. You can also learn the names of researchers and where the research is taking place. 
A substantial number of these publications are open access so the full text is quickly and directly accessible online for free. GSA subscribe to the relevant art and design, and architecture journals. http://www.journaltocs.hw.ac.uk/

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Information Environment Service Registry

IESR is an online catalogue of academic online resource descriptions  that enables users to search across disciplines with particular emphasis on health and social sciences. Information on how to access a variety of continually up-dated resource contributions including e-journals, research publications and image collections is at the website http://www.iesr.ac.uk/ alongside details of the contributor. Based at University of Manchester, this useful tool has been designed with a view to supporting the UK academic community.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


ZineWiki is an open-encyclopedia covering a history of international small press publishing including its changing production and distribution. Zines and independent media are the focus of the resource with the opportunity for visitors to add their own projects or make contributions to the online information. It is easy to become immersed in the index of zines at the link http://zinewiki.com/

Monday, October 15, 2012

Winston Churchill Archive Digitised

A plethora of original documents belonging to Winston Churchill have been digitised by Bloomsbury and made instantly available to academics, historians as well as politicians interested in reading his comments on coalition governments. There are some novel entries, (copies of Churchill's school reports and a cigar bill feature) yet this expansive archive containing nearly one million documents also documents the private commentary behind the public facade of office. The significance of the collection is apparent by accessing remotely at the link http://www.churchillarchive.com/index .

Friday, October 12, 2012

Black and White Movies

An almanac of black and white films spanning all classic film genres from the 1910s to 1960s is available to watch for free at http://www.bnwmovies.com/ . All films on the website have been copyright-cleared with many able to be legally dowloaded. Try searching the site for Hollywood classics as well as rarer film titles. GSA library's DVD collection may hold titles contained within the same film movement or by the same director. Search the catalogue to find out.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Ooga Booga Artist Book Publishers

A list of publishers has been published on Los Angeles- based, boutique shop 'Ooga Booga's' website. Follow the link to http://print-resources.tumblr.com/page/2 for a list of useful international printer resources.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Imaginations electronic journal

Philosophy, art and literature converge on this electronic journal from the University of Alberta in Canada. Each bi-annual issue concentrates on a select theme and features contributions from a series of international academic contributors with the aim of engendering discussion and debate about the role of the image and visual culture. The most current issue looks at the topic of environmental sustainability.

Monday, October 08, 2012

TheatreVOICE Audio Resource

TheatreVOICE is the digital media archive featuring freelance journalists, theatre critics and newspaper journalists from British theatre. The archive spans the genre of theatre with commentary not limited to Shakespeare's plays but harnessing debate on the work of emergent new playwrights. With sound recordings and transcripts back to 2003, the archive is easily accessible at the link http://www.theatrevoice.com/about-us/ .Fully comprehensive and a bit alternate. As You Like It.