Box of Broadcasts scheduled maintenance; new verification system

Please be advised that maintenance is scheduled to take place on the Box of Broadcasts (BoB) service from 07:00- 09:00 on Thursday 13 April.

BoB may be inaccessible to users during this time; please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused as a result.

Please note additionally that, from 09.00 on Thursday 13 April, all unverified users must verify their accounts in order to use the system.

If you are an unverified user you will see an on screen prompt which asks you to verify your account, before guiding you through the quick and easy verification process.

You should then click the link in the verification email that is sent from BoB; if you’re unable to find this email, check your spam folder.

Please feel free to contact your librarian should you encounter any difficulties during this process.

Extended opening hours – Trimester B Exam Diet 2017

To support your studies during the exam period, the Saltire Centre will be open as follows:

14th April 9am – 5pm
15th & 16th April Regular building opening hours
17th April 9am – 5pm
18th April 7am – midnight
19th April – 9th May 24 hour opening
10th May Midnight – 11pm
11th May Regular building opening hours resumed

 

Stash

We are happy to announce that the library recently added Stash Media to our collection of eresources.

Stash is an online video library featuring animation, VFX and motion design. Stash is published six times per year, each issues includes:
– TV and cinema advertising
– Title and broadcast designs
– Music videos
– Brand films
– Game trailers and cinematics
– Short films
– Behind the scenes features
– Exclusive interviews

The resource also includes Stash News – up to date news on the projects, people, events and jobs powering the motion design, visual effects and animation industry.

You can access this resource directly from our Database A-Z by logging in with your domain username and password. If you require assistance using this resource please contact your librarian.

If these walls could talk…

Image 1 ~ © Larry Herman; image 2 ~ Hernando Fernandez papers; image 3 ~ Scottish Anti-Apartheid Movement papers; image 4 ~ © Bob Starrett; image 5 ~ Robert Climie papers

Michael Chaiken, Archivist and Curator of the Bob Dylan Archive in Tulsa, Oklahoma, recently wrote that the “archivist’s impulse…affirms that what has come before can be made eternally alive and present, provided, as Nietzsche reminds us, that what we are celebrating in our own history is not an end in itself, but a means of serving life through a fundamental continuity with the strengths of our past.”

To this end, as a neat visual rendering of this impulse, our Archivist, at the tail end of a year in which some posited that we needed to be reminded of our collective past in the light of certain re-emergent nihilistic tendencies, decided that our shiny, new (but very stark, white) Reading Room required a frieze to adorn it’s walls. A series of images, illustrating the depth and breadth of GCU’s Archives & Special Collections, were then carefully selected, and in the week before Christmas the stars at our Print Design Services worked their magic on our walls.

And so now our users find themselves encircled (and hopefully inspired) by images of our collective past. So far, everyone, from students, researchers or just pop-in visitors passing by our windows, has remarked on its appeal. It would seem that one cannot help but be drawn in by it, to peek and peer at the stories on our wall, and it has been fascinating to me to see how every viewer is drawn to different images and indeed sees them differently; it confirms our innate fascination with our past, of how we lived then (and the simple yet sublime power of these images is rendering the past as just so ~ as ’we’, not ‘them’).

Some images speak for themselves, and trigger personal memories, ~ Nelson Mandela united in smiles with a packed George Square. Others possess a mystery and power which is innate (yet increases once you know the personal details) ~ a sepia shot of a group of men in the winter outdoors pose smiling in front of a giant ‘Socialism’ snowball (WW1 conscientious objectors in a work camp, their principles spelled out amidst the harshest of conditions).

Other guests have been drawn to the small details, not noticed on first viewing, such as the image of Nelson Mandela and Brian Filling of the Scottish AAM. One notices their smiling, celebratory faces, beaming for all the world to see, and yet it is only after a few further glances that one draws one’s eyes away from their faces and sees that these two middle-aged men in suits are tightly holding hands. Elsewhere, a satirical cartoon has Margaret Thatcher, equally tightly, grasping onto the fundamentals of a striking worker.

Elsewhere, the aesthetic power is undeniable ~ the graphic beauty of a Chilean political poster, or the stark sublimity of Larry Herman’s Glasgow photographs ~ capturing a common humanity that transcends lenses, geography and history. Herman’s haunting industrial shots also transcend their environment almost to the point of science fiction; the past as a different planet, let alone place.

The innate idea of a frieze represents continuity, encirclement, an unbroken chain of connection. These images may be frozen in time, but their power is thawed out by our looking upon them. What has come before passes on and surrounds us now. There actually is no end to history, despite the claims of some (as 2016 undoubtedly illustrated).

As Michael Chaiken concluded ~ “In this regard, preservation is the enemy of nihilism and evinces a simple hope: that the future lasts forever.”

~ Símon Docherty, Archive Assistant

Short loan laptops now available

The Library is pleased to announce the installation of a short loan laptop facility in the Saltire Centre.

Short loan (up to three hours) laptops are available for loan to GCU students and staff. The Lapsafe laptop vending machine is located on level 0 of the library, facing the café counter.

Laptops are provided fully charged for use around campus. You must have your student or staff card in order to use this service.

For further information on this service, please see the following webpage:
http://www.gcu.ac.uk/library/usingthelibrary/borrowing/borrowinglaptops/

Technical Issue [LexisNexis]

Due to problems outwith our control, we are currently experiencing issues when users log directly into LexisNexis via their institution.

We are working with the supplier to resolve this issue as quickly as possible, and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

In the meantime you can still access LexisNexis via the library Database A-Z here.