Welcome to Semester 2

Monday 15th January:

We would like to extend a warm welcome to all new students joining ECA today. The ECA Library at Evolution House, West Port, is now operating on Semester opening hours, so we are open from Monday to Thursday 9.00am to 10.00pm, Fridays 9.00am to 5.00pm, and Saturdays & Sundays 12.00 to 5.00pm.

For more information about ECA Library please see:


For more information about the Art & Architecture departmental library at Minto House, Chambers Street, please see:



15. January 2018 by jfurnes1
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Finding artists’ books at ECA Library

It is now even easier to find out which artists’ books are kept at ECA Library! Simply use this link to go to a complete list of all the artists’ books in the collection, on DiscoverEd, the library catalogue. You can sort the list by artist or year, and browse to your heart’s content!

There is more information about constructing searches here.

The Library has around 1500 artists’ books dating from 1968 to the present day, including artists such as Ed Ruscha, Lawrence Weiner, Hans Waanders, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Helen Douglas, Susie Leiper, Thomas A Clark and Laurie Clark, and Redfoxpress.

For more information about artists’ books in Scotland visit the directory compiled by the Scottish Visual Arts Group.

A selection of artists’ books, photograph by Jane Furness.


29. November 2017 by jfurnes1
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New display of artworks and books at ECA Library

Our new artists’ books display on level 1 of ECA Library, Evolution House, has been curated by artist Laurie Clark and poet Thomas A. Clark, of Moschatel Press.

The display features artworks and books by David Bellingham, exploring measurement, colour, and journeys.

For more information please see pagesandwalls.com

The display will continue until 15th January 2018.





16. November 2017 by jfurnes1
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Edinburgh Zine Library

A new zine library has opened at Edinburgh Central Library, George IV Bridge. For more info please see https://edinburghzinelibrary.wordpress.com/



01. November 2017 by jfurnes1
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Resource in focus: Box of Broadcasts

Do you want access to thousands of current and forthcoming TV programmes and an archive going back decades? Then use Box of Broadcasts!

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) National is provided as a subscription service by the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC) for UK higher and further education institutions in collaboration with Bournemouth University.The University of Edinburgh subscribes to the BoB National service which enables all staff and students to choose and record any broadcast programme from over 60 TV and radio channels.

The recorded programmes are kept indefinitely and added to a growing media archive with all content shared by users across every subscribing institution.

The system allows staff and students to record and catch-up on missed programmes on and off-campus, schedule recordings in advance, edit programmes into clips, create playlists, embed clips into VLEs, share what they are watching with others and search a growing archive of material.

30. October 2017 by jfurnes1
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Resource in focus: e-Lexicons

e-Lexicons is an online resource for designers and artists, giving access to hundreds of reliable and accurate definitions, glossaries, biographies,  work examples, and bibliographies, covering the fields of graphic design, fashion, typography, illustration, lettering, and arts and crafts. Support material is provided such as lecture guides, indexes and reading lists.

You can access E-lexicons at the art and design databases list compiled by the Library.

You might also find the art and design subject guide useful.

09. October 2017 by jfurnes1
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Bloomsbury Design Library trial

From  Monday 2nd October all ECA students and staff will have access to a trial of the new Bloomsbury Design Library, a comprehensive online resource which offers coverage of design and crafts worldwide, from 1500 BCE to the present day. It combines carefully curated text and image content of the highest quality with an intuitive taxonomy for research and discovery. It can be used to enhance teaching, learning and research in the field of Visual Arts and Design.

You can access the trial directly via: https://www.bloomsburydesignlibrary.com/home

To access all the trials currently available on the library e-resources trials webpage, using your EASE log-in, please go to http://www.ed.ac.uk/information-services/library-museum-gallery/finding-resources/library-databases/e-resources-trials

Our trial of the Bloomsbury Design Library will last 60 days. Please dont forget to give us your feedback via the trials webpage above.

02. October 2017 by jfurnes1
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Information Security Awareness Week 2017

Information Security Awareness Week will be held on 2nd – 6th October 2017. The week will focus on why information matters to all University students and staff, the threats that we all face as users, and how you can take some very simple steps to quickly protect your personal data and research content.

The main event on the afternoon of 4th October will see invited internal and external speakers present and discuss some of the issues. These will be very accessible and are aimed at all audiences, regardless of technical abilities. Bookings are now open via the following event channel: http://edin.ac/2huw29Z

We will also be active on Twitter during the week, with hints, tips and useful guidance. Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/UoEInfoSec and with #UoEInfoSec

Further information will be posted on http://www.ed.ac.uk/infosec and Twitter during the week.

02. October 2017 by jfurnes1
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Free artists’ bookmarks at ECA Library!

Bookmarks XV 2017 – 2018:

Bookmarks XV is the fifteenth and final outing of the Bookmarks series from University of West of England, Bristol, UK. Part I of the free artwork distribution series launched in 2004 and has since visited 159 galleries, bookstores, workshops, centres, schools, museums and libraries in: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK and USA, including ECA!

The series grew out of an aim to encourage appreciation and awareness of artists working in the book format. Participating artists each produced an edition of 100 signed and numbered bookmarks which were divided into 100 sets; one full set being sent to each of the contributing artists and the rest divided and sent out in distribution boxes to host venues around the world, such as libraries, for visitors to discover.

Since 2004, 598 artists have contributed 59,800 bookmarks to the project. Each bookmark is stamped with the current project’s website address, which directs the taker of the bookmark to the gallery section of the website. Visitors can view works by the artists and contact contributors via their website and email links on the site. As interest in artists’ books practice has grown internationally over the years, the bookmarks projects have now reached a natural conclusion.

Bookmarks XV will visit ten venues from September 2017 – February 2018 in Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, the UK and USA. The final set has 54 artists and groups who have sent their bookmarks from Australia, Canada, Germany, Hawaii, Italy, Sweden the UK and USA. For more information please visit: http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk

Pop into ECA Library to pick up your free bookmark!

28. September 2017 by jfurnes1
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Happy National Poetry Day 2017

Thursday 28th September 2017:

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain

are moving across the landscapes,

over the prairies and the deep trees,

the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,

are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting

over and over announcing your place

in the family of things.


from Dream Work, by Mary Oliver.

Published by Atlantic Monthly Press.

© Mary Oliver

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