Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Quick Reference Becomes Research Support

The former Quick Reference Collection in the Library, which housed key reference works for consultation, has been repurposed to better reflect the developing and changing learning, teaching and research needs of GSA students and staff.
We've withdrawn from stock several books that were out-of-date or superseded, and replaced them with up-to-date editions. We've also ordered in lots of new books to address developing areas of interest or research activity with the School. It's all part of our aim to address library collections to the important research and learning strategies of GSA.
Last but not least, we've also completely reclassified the collection, so that books are more coherently arranged on the shelves. You'll now find sections on research methods, citation and referencing, English language and grammar, foreign languages, copyright, designs and patents, and standards and product directories, along with all the usual encyclopaedias and dictionaries you would expect to find. A complete list of shelfmarks can be found on the Library website.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

New 'GreenFILE' Environmental Database

'GreenFILE' is a bibliographic database of information about environmental concerns which has been made freely available by publishers EBSCO. The database's content goes back 35 years, and its coverage includes many areas of interest to architects such as renewable and passive energy technologies. For each article, full bibliographic details and a useful abstract are provided.
Access: Free

'Brick Bulletin' available online

'Brick Bulletin' is a highly regarded and long-established construction industry journal which is now accessible full-text online, in addition to the Library's print subscription. Published three times each year, it profiles recently completed projects and provides news and technical guidance. A quick way to find out what has been published in the journal is to do a search on the database.
Access: Free

Monday, March 10, 2008

Online Resources Added to Library Catalogue

It can sometimes be difficult keeping up-to-date with the online resources available through the Library, especially when these resources come in an increasingly bewildering array of types: from e-journals to images, and from e-books to audio files.
That's why we've just completed a substantial programme of work to integrate our online resources with our Library Catalogue, enabling all our users to discover our online resources in the same way the would our print resources. We've added catalogue records describing all our online resources, and have provided links and access information to the records of print titles where online versions are available. We've also added links and access information to all our journal holdings, pointing you to the exact databases that index each particular journal or provide full-text access to articles.
It's all part of our commitment to making our resources as easy to find and use as possible.

Library Book Sale

We're having a bit of a spring clean here in the Library, and will be holding a booksale on Tuesday 11 March 2008. The sale will be open to GSA students and staff from 12pm, with lots of bargains to be had: from art, design and architecture books, to theory texts and old periodicals.

Friday, March 07, 2008

‘Vernacular Architecture’ available online

‘Vernacular Architecture’, the annual journal of the Vernacular Architecture Group, is now available full-text online via the IngentaConnect web portal, in addition to the Library’s existing print subscription. GSA staff and students will require a username and password for both on- and off-campus access; for details, contact the Subject Librarians or enquire at the Library Service Desk.
Access: Password required

Thursday, March 06, 2008

BedZED reports from BioRegional

The independent environmental organisation BioRegional has made available the summaries of three reports on the award-winning BedZED sustainable housing development in South London. The reports include details of BedZED’s green materials sourcing strategy; a practical guide to producing carbon neutral developments; and how to meet energy demands from on-site renewable sources.
Access: Free

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

BBC Motion Gallery Trial

The Library has just taken out a 30-day trial of the BBC Motion Gallery. This new online resource allows students and lecturers within higher and further education institutions in the UK to use content from the BBC Archives for educational purposes. It offers over 20,000 clips for use in presentations, lectures and course work. Coverage includes news, sport, natural history, wildlife, science and technology, the arts, and much more. Each clip can be downloaded via Quicktime or Windows Media.
Access: Requires username and password; contact your Subject Librarian

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Canadian Architectural Archives

The University of Calgary has developed an online image bank of 10,000 photographs of the Canadian built environment, grouped into several collections and designed for easy browsing or searching. Of particular interest is the Panda Architectural Photography Collection, which captures the development of Canadian Modernism, and Calgary Modern, which provides a detailed photographic record of the city's contemporary architecture.
Access: Free

More digital maps

The National Library of Scotland has added to its already superb collection of online digitised maps of Scotland. More than 400 regional maps of the country, including Ordnance Survey one-inch to the mile maps from 1856-1912, Bartholomew half-inch maps from 1926-1935, and Ordnance Survey quarter-inch maps from 1921-1923, are now freely available. All the maps are zoomable to reveal a wealth of fascinating detail about the Scottish urban and rural landscape of the period.
Access: Free