Reduced services, 24 – 26 July 2017

On Monday 24 – Wednesday 26 July, we will be offering reduced services in preparation for the implementation of a new library management system:

  • To borrow from the Library, please take your items to the library desk on level 0 during staffed hours.  The self-service machines will not be available.
  • You will not have access to your library account online.
  • You will not be able to place holds or pay library fines.
  • You will not be able to borrow laptops.
  • You will be able to access eresources as normal on 24 and 25 July, however, on 26 July there will be some down time while we switch to the new system.  If you have any difficulty finding eresources, please contact your librarian.
  • You will be able to print as normal.

We aim to keep the disruption to a minimum and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Web of Science scheduled maintenance/ upgrade

Please be advised that Web of Science (WoS) is undergoing scheduled maintenance from 1.00 pm on Sunday 25 June until 1.00 am on Monday 26 June.

During this time, access to the service may be intermittent and the service should be considered at risk during the maintenance period.

Clarivate Analytics apologise for any inconvenience as a result.

During the maintenance period there will also be an upgrade of WoS to version 5.25.  For information on the new features please see the WoS Release notes at:

Features include:
* Modernised discovery workfows.
* Enriched analytics workfows.
* Expanded and updated data.
* Improved Product Quality.

As ever, please feel free to contact your librarian for assistance in making the best possible use of WoS and the Library’s range of electronic resources.

Box of Broadcasts scheduled maintenance

Please be advised that maintenence is scheduled to take place on the Box of Broadcasts (BoB) service from 07:00- 09.00 on Friday 23 June.

During this time the BoB team will implement a fix to a bug that has caused playback problems for some users due to compatibility issues with some browsers.  This should greatly improve load times across affected browsers, including Internet Explorer, Edge and Chrome.

Please note that support for Internet Explorer will be restricted to the most current version, IE 11.  For anyone still using older versions of the browser, it will be necessary to upgrade to IE 11 or Edge.

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

Organised Memories 1

The theory of Eternalism was first posited by the metaphysician J.M.E.McTaggart. As I would assume with metaphysics in general, it’s rather a dense notion to get one’s head around[1]. It suggests that the past, present and future are all equally ‘real’ – that events are not only happening now, but both have been and will be simultaneously as well.

At least I think that’s the crux of it.

I bring this up because it chimes with my experience of working in Archives and Special Collections. Since starting I’ve handled, sorted, lifted, counted and been left covered in dust by a host of materials. Each in their own way has fascinated me. Take, for instance, the Scottish Anti-Apartheid Movement (written about so eloquently in previous blogs by Julia Wylie). Here was a cause I knew about in the abstract, after it had been folded neatly into history and its narrative through line clearly established. It was only when sorting through the records, chronologically ordering the papers, sifting through minutes of meeting after meeting, flyer upon flyer, letters back and forth, that I gleaned some semblance of feeling what it must have been like at the time, when the history had not yet been written and the outcome not yet defined.  From hastily scribbled tea stained notes to correspondence with cabinet ministers, the archive is a monument to the work done by so many women and men. Moving from year to year, their urgency and dedication is apparent and alive. You are with these people; you see their struggles and disagreements, their consolations and victories. The past becomes their present and from the vantage point of the future you are at one with it.

A few months ago I was sorting through the papers of Sandy Hobbs – including boxes of comic books from the 60s and 70s. Along with the perennial Beanos and Dandys there were a host of others with which I was unfamiliar. A couple of days later I was speaking to my dad, telling him what I had been doing at work. Without prompting he started reeling off comic title after title, telling me which ones he would get and how they were delineated between him and his brother. I thought about working in the Archive Centre Reading Room, every inch of every table covered in these comics. They were part of my dad’s youth and of countless other boys and girls.  They exist in each of their memories, and now, neatly organised, they have a place in mine.

David Ward – Library Assistant

© Leo Baxendale 1966

We at the Archive Centre were saddened to hear of Leo Baxendale’s passing . He kindly granted us permission to create a postcard of one of his Scottish CND drawings in 2006.
His memory will live on here at GCU in our Sandy Hobbs Collection.

Carole McCallum – University Archivist


[1] I really do mean dense. See here for proof: