Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Library Computer Centre closure week beginning 20th July

Essential works to upgrade the network in the library will be carried out next week.  We hope to keep disruption to a minimum and the ground floor and level 1 of the library will remain open throughout.  There will however be disruption to computer access on level 2 with no access to computer facilities in the Computer Centre on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd July.  Telephone lines and network connections for Learning Resources staff with offices on level 2 will also be unavailable for periods during this work, so normal routes of communication may be disrupted.  Normal service will resume at 9am on Thursday morning. 

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Monday 20th July
Public holiday, library closed all day
Tuesday 21st July
Upgrade to networking infrastructure, no computer access on level 2, services will continue on ground floor with minimal disruption.
Wednesday 22nd July
Thursday 23rd July
Normal service will resume

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

RADAR Upgrade

This months blog post is a short one to let users of RADAR, both internal and external to The Glasgow School of Art know that the repository has undergone an upgrade. EPrints Services, the platform that RADAR is coded in performed the upgrade for us. The upgrade has helped to enhance administrative functions and improved some aspects of the look and feel of the repository, but nothing major as to cause concern for researchers!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Summer Vacation Opening Hours

The Library and Computer Centre will be on vacation opening hours from Friday the 12th of June (we will not be open on Saturdays or Sundays). 

The Library and Computer will be open Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm.

Normal term time hours will resume at the beginning of the new academic year in September.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Tell us what you think of the Library, Archives and Collections by taking the Learning Resources Survey which is now open. We will be glad of the feedback, you will be helping to build a better service for all, and you will also be in with a chance to win £75. The winner gets the choice of Artstore vouchers or book vouchers .

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Use of Twitter to Promote Research Outputs and RADAR

We asked Prof. Johnny Rodger to give us an insight into the reasons why he likes to use Twitter to help promote the research outputs that he uploads into RADAR. We see the use of Twitter and other social media avenues as new and important ways for researchers to be able to disseminate their research.

Here's what Johnny has to say:

The Scottish moral philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre spoke in a lecture in Dublin in 2009 about the writing of scholarly articles in refereed journals as a regular and recognised method of disseminating one's ideas and research, and of building an academic career. (the lecture can be seen on youtube) He also drew attention to a study which showed that the average readership for a scholarly journal article is fewer than two. -And one of these average readers, MacIntyre quipped, is usually the writer's mother...

Scholarly journals, that is to say, not only compound the problems of the ivory tower, but with their exclusive and elitist protocols, and their super-refined specialisms, they have driven a hermetic agenda that seems to disregard, or even frown upon, any generalist breadth of appeal. Keeping it in the close family might not be high in the conscious intentions of the contributor to the 'Hermeneutic Review of Relational Aesthetics' –though that could perhaps be the subject of another paper published there featuring a Lacanian Oedipal analysis –titled something like ‘Academics who see their Mother in the Mirror Stage’. But while the approval of a referees' panel is gratifying and useful for research exercise purposes, the researcher’s dilemma of finding a route to a broader readership without watering down the strength of the work is an everpresent.

In the eighteenth century David Hume considered that the writing of an essay could solve such a dilemma, as for him the essay writer performed the role of an ‘ambassador from the dominions of learning to those of conversation’. The problem nowadays of course, is where would one publish such a piece of academic diplomacy?  –The gulf between the journalistic mainstream press and the specialist academic publications has grown wider, and there seems to be no medium for debate which sits between their respective positions. The blogosphere, is of course, an easily accessible and multidisciplinary - not to say anarchic – forum, but again there, the pressure in the competitive online atmosphere to entertain, or to make the quick and easy point can all too easily override the comprehensive statement of a thesis, or rehearsal of an argument.

That is why I’d recommend the use of Twitter as method to disseminate full and unabridged versions of research work. It may seem paradoxical that having already dismissed blogging and the mainstream press for not giving enough physical or intellectual space, I recommend the social medium which can transmit only a minimal size of message -140 characters! But it is precisely its brevity which paradoxically makes Twitter suitable as the bearer of such a complex and uncompromised message as a full scholarly piece of work to a broad audience. This is so because of the indexical quality of its use. The typical – and for me, most successful and interesting short tweet will contain reference to a much more vast hinterland of information via the citing of a url which links to an academic essay. The url will be an internet address that is obtained by uploading the academic essay to a research repository -the publically accessible digital archive of a University staff’s published work. (At Glasgow School of Art that research repository is RADAR)

The twitter message itself will give a short introduction to, or description of what is to be found at that cited url address. A successful tweet can then be shared amongst thousands of users (and tens of thousands if it is in turn retweeted by those users) in seconds. Clearly all the people who view the tweet will not click on and go immediately to the cited url and read the article. Most of those who are interested will favourite or otherwise mark the article, and if it is an engaging academic article of interest to them then they will come back to read it in their own quiet time. Even if only a small percentage of tweeters actually read the article , it still has a relatively broad dissemination, and often dialogue will begin with other tweeters and then spread to email and personal contacts, such that a significant social engagement is made by the work in question. Thus the real efficacy of twitter as a mode of building readership and ‘impact’ lies in its indexical versatility: a lot of potential readers can be pointed in one direction in a very quick and simple manner –but don’t tell your mother, for as all good scholars should know, it’s rude to point.

Thankyou Johnny for a great comment on the use of Twitter. If you want to see more of Johnny's work and research, please view his outputs in RADAR here

Friday, May 01, 2015

Library Closed Monday the 4th of May

Due to the bank holiday on Monday the 4th of May the library and computer centre will be closed. The library and computer centre will reopen on Tuesday the 5th of May at 8am.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

New Art and Architecture Archive database in the Library

GSA students and staff now have electronic access to historical back-runs of some important, journal titles through the new addition of the database Art and Architecture Archive to the GSA Digital Library. 26 journals are indexed including some important titles with long back-runs, together with some new titles and those of which, up until now, we’ve only held partial runs. We’re particularly pleased to have access to Country Life, The Architects’ Journal and Architectural Review.

As well as access to the journal content, other handy features of the new database include the ability to copy and save images, export citations to the reference software Mendeley and limit searches to specific document types such as advertisements, building plans or illustrations.

Have a look through the full list below and access Art and Architecture Archive at this link

  • American Craft (Archive : 1979-2005)
  • Apollo (Archive : 1925-2005)
  • The Architects' Journal (Archive : 1919-2005)
  • The Architectural Review (Archive : 1896-2005)
  • Art Monthly (Archive : 1976-2005)
  • Art and AsiaPacific (Archive : 1993-2005)
  • The Bead Journal (Archive : 1974-1978)
  • The British Journal of Photography (Archive : 1860-2005)
  • The Builders' Journal and Architectural Engineer (Archive : 1906-1910)
  • C (Archive : 1987-1992)
  • C : a Critical Visual Art Magazine (Archive : 1983-1986)
  • C Magazine (Archive : 1986-1987)
  • C Magazine (Archive : 1992-2005)
  • The Canadian Architect (Archive: 1955-2005)
  • Ceramics Technical (Archive : 1995-2005)
  • Country Life (Archive : 1901 - 2005)
  • Country Life Illustrated (Archive : 1897-1901)
  • Craft Horizons (Archive : 1941-1978)
  • Craft Horizons with Craft World (Archive : 1978-1979)
  • Eye: the International Review of Graphic Design (Archive : 1990-2005)
  • Graphis (Archive : 1944-2005)
  • Ornament (Archive: 1979-2005)
  • Print (Archive : 1940-2005)
  • Sculptors International (Archive : 1982-1985)
  • Sculpture (Archive : 1987-2005)
  • Southwest Art (Archive : 1973-2005)