Category Archives: Announcement

Race & Rights Reading Group

Race, Rights and Sovereignty, in partnership with the GSA Library, presents a series of three reading groups uncovering and examining a number of books in GSA’s historical collections (mainly dating from the 19th century) that are written from paradigms that we would be critical of today, many with a colonial outlook. In these reading and discussion groups, we will explore and interrogate these selected texts collectively in order to deconstruct and consider how we can engage with these texts today, and where they are situated within contemporary libraries and archive holdings.

In the first reading group, we will examine the role of image representation in colonial texts and its impact on imaging in contemporary society.

Thurs 9th May 2019, 17.30-19.30, Quiet Study Space, Library Level 2

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Technology T-Breaks

Technology T-Breaks are drop in sessions being held in the library that cover various aspects of Learning Technology.


The sessions will cover portfolio websites, printing a photo zine in InDesign, creating patterns from scanned images in Adobe Illustrator and also preparing photoshop files for screen printing.


The sessions will take place at 5.30pm on a Thursday and 3.30pm on a Friday.


7+8 February: Webtastic: portfolio website tips

14+15 February: Photozine: make a simple booklet in InDesign

21+22 February: Tracing using Illustrator: how to vectorise scanned images

28 February + 1 March: Photoshop for Screen printing: How to prepare an image for screen printing


Just come along to the Jessie Wylie Newbery room on Floor Two of the Library at 5.30pm on a Thursday or 3.30pm on a Friday.

Annual Student Survey: Help Us & Win

Please help us to make the Library, Learning Technology and Archives and Collections services at GSA extra good by filling in our annual survey which is out now at

The survey responses are massively influential not just in determining how we prioritise areas of service development in Learning Resources, but in forming part of the evidence based we use to obtain institutional support and, if necessary, funding to continue to make the adaptions and improvements students need.  We have 13 years of data and have used this in recent years to demonstrate the important of, for example, extending Library opening by 50%, replacing Blackboard with Canvas, and building a proper Reading List service.

Use the survey to tell us what you like about the services, what you want to see more of and what you would like to see changed.

The survey will be open until the 3rd February. There is a prize draw to encourage your participation and the winner chooses £100 of either book vouchers or Paint & Mortar vouchers.

Image: Cat’s Face by Gordon F Huntly. Image license CC BY-NC-SA

Now Available! Video Streaming

Welcome to the new video streaming service from the GSA Library – Planet eStream-

Sign in with your GSA Username and Password to access nearly 2,000 off-air recordings of films, documentaries and animation across a host of subjects, with new content being added all the time. Search for content by keyword or category. Any questions please email

As it’s the season of goodwill we have prepared a playlist of some classic festive viewing in case the TV (or Netflix) is rubbish…

We will be in touch in the new year with more information on what will surely prove to be a very popular resource, including how to add content, embed clips into Canvas, create playlists and request programmes.

In the meantime, have a great festive break!

***EXTENDED DEADLINE! *** – zine competition

Thank you for all your entries so far! We’ve been so impressed by the quality and variety of the zines you’ve submitted that we want to keep it running for even longer, so we’ve extended the deadline for the competition for an extra week. You can still be in with a chance to win a £50 voucher for lots of local pubs and restaurants – just submit your entry to the Library Service Desk by 10/10/18!


To celebrate Fresher’s Week 2018 and the re-opening of the Library we are running a zine competition on the theme of START OVER. What does starting over mean to you? If you’re new to GSA, your zine could be about starting over in Glasgow; or it could be a response to the School starting over after the Mackintosh fire. (Alternatively, ditch the theme altogether: we’d also happily accept fanzines, perzines, or any other kind of zine!)

Your zine can be any medium you like: a comic, illustrations, print or paint, poetry or prose, collage or photographs. Go wild!

The winning zine will receive a £50 voucher which can be used in any of the following bars and restaurants: Mono, Stereo, The 78, The Flying Duck and The Old Hairdressers. All entries will be added to the hallowed halls of our zine library.

If you’re a Fresher you’ll find a copy of the template and rules in your Fresher’s Welcome Pack. If not, they’ll be available at various locations throughout the School or online here:

Entries can be submitted at the Library Information Point. The closing date for the competition is 3/10/18 and the winner will be announced shortly after. Contact with any enquires.

Good luck, zinesters!


Christmas Opening Hours

The Library will be open at the following times during the GSA student winter break:

Friday 15th December 8am – 10pm
Saturday 16th December CLOSED
Sunday 17th December CLOSED
18th December 9am-5pm
19th December 9am-5pm
20th December 9am-12pm
21st December 9am-5pm
22nd December 9am-3pm
23rd December to 3rd January CLOSED
4th January 9am-5pm
5th January 9am- 5pm
Saturday 6th January CLOSED
Sunday 7th January CLOSED
8th January 8am-10pm


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