Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Go-Geo! data portal

GSA Library can now give you access to the Go-Geo! tool which can help you to find details about geo-spatial datasets and related resources within UK tertiary education and beyond. This trial service is available via your GSA Athens account.
Access: Athens

Friday, August 24, 2007

Accessing other libraries

The 2 previous schemes for gaining borrowing rights or reference access to other UK HE libraries have combined. SCONUL Research Extra and UK Libraries Plus are now SCONUL Access. Borrowing rights to over 170 UK HE libraries are available to academic staff, postgraduate research students, part-time undergraduates, distance learners, and full-time postgraduates. Full-time undergraduates can get reference access via the scheme.
To become a member of SCONUL Access, please enquire at the Library Service Desk.

New Library Website

The GSA Library website has had a makeover this summer, and has just revealed her amazing new look.
As well as being more pleasing on the eye, our website is now much much easier to use, and contains a whole lot of extra content and information that we hope will answer many of your questions more effectively. We've also created several new sections to direct you straight to relevant information in your subject area.
Check out the new Library website to access:
  • Subject guides with books and shelfmarks, journals, online resources, blogs and newsfeeds.

  • Online resources by name, subject or type of resource.

  • Comprehensive information on other libraries you can access.

  • Information and research skills guides.

  • Support guides for distance learners, academic staff, school leavers, research students, international students, and disabled students.

  • Demo movies showing you how to search the Library Catalogue.

  • Electronic reference shelf.

  • Quick links to all the resources you need on a daily basis.

  • And much, much more!

Friday, August 17, 2007

New guidance on tall buildings

English Heritage and CABE have produced revised and updated guidance on how they will evaluate proposals for tall buildings, and which offers advice on good practice in relation to tall buildings in the planning process. It emphasises the contribution that good design can make to improving the character and quality of an area, and makes suggestions for achieving well-designed solutions in the right places.
Access: Free

Building Health

The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), in conjunction with the National Heart Forum and Living Streets, has recently published ‘Building Health’, a collection of papers by leading experts and campaigners which examine how the design of towns, cities and buildings might encourage physical activity. It covers issues ranging from strategic and urban planning, to walking and cycling, urban green space and building design. ‘Building Health’ is freely downloadable from CABE’s website.
Access: Free

Dundee Maggie's Centre, Scotland’s dedicated website for sustainable architectural design, has published an interesting post-occupancy evaluation of the Dundee ‘Maggie’s Centre’. This cancer daycare centre was designed by Frank Gehry and built in 2003 in the grounds of the city’s Ninewells Hospital. The evaluation, which can be downloaded in full, aims to develop a cross-evaluative methodology for wider use in small scale healthcare buildings in order to improve the briefing process.
Access: Free

Google's Lat Long blog

Those of you with an addiction to Google Earth and the company's other mapping products may be interested in their new 'Lat Long' blog. It presents news and notes by the team behind Google Earth and Google Maps, and focuses on new developments, initiatives and applications. It is just one of 50 Google blogs tailored to a single product, country, or specific audience.
Access: Free

Intute architecture tutorial

Intute has just released a free internet tutorial for architecture, as part of its Virtual Training Suite. It provides a detailed tour of the best of the web for architecture; advice on effective internet searching; how to judge which sites are worth using; and practical examples of how others are using the internet successfully and productively.
Access: Free