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Tech Tip: Immersive Reader

Immersive Reader is now available within Canvas, making it easy to concentrate on what you’re reading, listen to Canvas pages read aloud, and translate your Canvas pages into other languages!

Watch the video below to find out how to access Immersive Reader in Canvas and use all of the features to help you access your learning materials.

If you’d like to find out more about Immersive Reader or have a question related to any of our digital tools, please contact LTHelp@gsa.ac.uk

Zine workshop

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This zine workshop is part of an ongoing research project to look at what we can do to disrupt the structures of power in the library, including promoting underrepresented and marginalised voices, confronting whiteness, understanding microaggressions, and identifying barriers to engagement with the library.

The workshop aims to encourage students to think critically about the collections, the spaces and services and is intended to start a discussion that helps us begin to unravel institutional bias.

The workshop runs from 4.30pm-6.30pm on Tuesday 26th November in the Library’s quiet study space. Spaces are limited, so please email b.winterburke@gsa.ac.uk for more info or to book a space.

We Think You’ll Find This Moving

We’ve digitised our collection of movable and pop-up books. Movable books include various formats such as concertina, lift-the-flap, pull-tabs and revolving pictures. Our collection is varied and includes pop-ups of children’s fairy tales, human anatomy, three dimensional Norman Rockwell paintings, and the expanding little town of Popville. You can view images of the collection here

Browse Our Bookplates

Bookplate of Thomas Davies

We’ve digitised over 230 bookplates from our special collections, which you can discover here.

Bookplates are small printed labels pasted into a book, often on the front endpaper, to indicate ownership. Bookplates are often referred to as ‘ex libris’ which means ‘from the books of…’

Our collection includes several armorial plates, featuring the heraldic emblems and mottoes of landed families or estates. Others are designed by artists for their own libraries, or those of their friends and colleagues. Our collection encompasses a wide range of aesthetic styles, from classical to Art Nouveau.

In the early years of GSA Library, many of our books were donated by eminent people, visiting dignitaries, or people associated with the School. Today we can use their bookplates, with documentary records in our Archives, to trace the journey of these books have taken to reach us.

In the past, our students would design GSA Library’s bookplates through open competitions. To date, we have only been able to name one of these students, Elizabeth Jamieson, who designed a plate for us in January 1945. She received £5.5.0 for her design.

Browse our gallery these miniature works of art here.

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