Chelsea Library will close at 1:30PM today (Saturday 4th November 2017) due to staff sickness. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Other UAL Library sites will be open and available. Please see our opening times for sites other than Chelsea.
LCC Library are currently displaying A Short Exhibition About Music Zines in the Lower Gallery at LCC, presenting a brief history and overview of the movement in the UK, co-curated with Jen Kavanagh.
Music zines feature heavily in the London College of Communication, UAL Library Zine Collection. From the original punk fanzines of the 1970s, through to the indie and alternative zines of the subsequent five decades, zines continue to be vital in providing bands and fans a means to share their music and express their ideas and opinions. The DIY ethos and aesthetic of punk subculture continues to influence and empower today.
Nick Mann’s zine, A Short Fanzine About Rocking (ASFAR), is an influential punk, metal and hardcore music zine which ran for 38 issues from 2001-2014. ASFAR provides a case study which highlights the importance of self-publishing for individuals and subcultural communities. ASFAR had a huge impact on the underground music scene in the UK and beyond, and on its long-term contributors. The exhibits shown will provide examples of Nick’s work and writing, and show the passion and process behind creating a music zine.
The exhibition opening times are:
Monday 10 July – Friday 21 July 2017
Monday – Friday: 9.00am – 6:00pm
Saturdays: 10am – 4:00pm
Non-UAL visitors coming to see the exhibition will need to sign in as visitors at college reception. All welcome!
Camberwell Library will close for the summer from 7:30pm on Friday 9 June and reopen again in October in the new building. To aid students in accessing the resources they need, Camberwell will increase loan entitlements for Camberwell students in the week before closure, as with previous summers.
- Loan entitlements will be increased between 5-9 June. The extra allowance is available to Camberwell students only and refers to Camberwell items only. The items will be issued manually by library staff at the information point in Camberwell Library.
- Continuing Camberwell BA/FdA students will be entitled to 20 items
- Camberwell MA students will be entitled to 30 items
- All Camberwell final year BA and FdA leavers have been advised to return all items by Friday 9 June.
- MA leavers will be able to return their items to the library returns box in reception at Peckham Road or any other UAL library between 11-29 June.
- The Camberwell stock will be suppressed on Koha for the duration of the closure from 5pm on Friday 9 June. Camberwell will also be removed as a reservation collection point from Wednesday 7 June.
- Students with reservations awaiting pick up will be notified on Monday 5 June to collect their reservations from Camberwell by 7:30pm on Thursday 8 June. Any uncollected reservations after this date will be cancelled and the items returned to their home library with the inter-sites courier on Friday 9 June.
- Students with outstanding reservations (expecting to collect from Camberwell) will be notified on Monday 5 June to change the pick-up location of their reservation(s) to one of the other UAL libraries.
- Each UAL library should retain any Camberwell items that are returned to them during the closure period until the Library opens again in October.
We have temporary lost access to WGSN Fashion subscription.
We have contacted WGSN, who are trying to resolve this technical issue.
Apologies for this inconvenience.
Following the very successful Introduction to Photogrammetry session during the 2016 library staff conference when some library colleagues were guided by Louisa Minkin and Elizabeth Wright and their students to produce models of the soon to be abandoned LCF library space, CSM library staff collaborated with CSM MA Fine Art students, technicians and course leaders to create 3D models of interesting library items.
For instance Visionaire no 33 (touch) was transformed into an animated flying object, allowing the viewer to pan 360 degrees, and zoom into the lattice metal box with its furry pony skin content https://skfb.ly/6orx7.
The students were keen to chose the objects themselves from the library stock and special collections. Some of their choices were unexpected, for instance this mouldy book from the CSM library graveyard was given a new lease of life https://skfb.ly/66ttS.
The techniques involved in creating a three dimensional model are complex and required expertise, and time for experimenting of the students, technicians and lecturers. The photographic capture and processing, some with specialist equipment and set-up, took several sessions lasting several weeks.
Anna Dölling, CSM library
Macbook and Desktop Mac boot-up problems
Problem: Macs would not boot up properly, stalling on the apple logo screen or just a black screen.
Information: This did not just affect UAL, but also affected a large number of educational institutions. After a lot of work with Apple a series of issues were identified.
- UAL has installed updates provided by Apple
- We have ensured that each time a student logs off from a machine that all user data stored on there is removed. This is essential to prevent this problem from recurring.
Outcomes: Since the changes have been made we have seen no more examples of this problem.
WiFi access issues (particularly LCC, LCF and CSM)
Problem: Students and staff could not login to WiFi successfully using their own or UAL owned equipment.
Information: Library Services and UAL IT have worked intensively to analyse the problem. As a result of some tests and investigations we have established the nature of the problems.
- We have made changes to the way that the WiFi login works on UAL owned equipment.
- We have added additional WiFi routers where extra capacity was necessary.
- We have reduced the number of networks that each router supports to concentrate on the key ones used by all Library Services visitors.
- Desktop computers that are plugged into a wired network connection will switch off their WiFi connection to reduce the number of WiFi connections.
- To support students who use Airdrop to share items between their Mac device and a UAL device, WiFi can be activated on computers with a wired network connection. This will be deactivated once the user logs off the machine.
Outcomes: Since these changes have been made we have seen far fewer issues with WiFi at the worst affected sites.
Mobile Phone reception at King’s Cross (CSM)
Problem: Mobile phone reception is poor particularly in spaces like CSM Library and Learning Zone
Information: CSM has an internal booster for mobile phone signals, but this has become compromised by building work nearby.
- After extensive work a new connection has been established and has gone live.
Outcomes: Since the repair work has been undertaken the phone signal has been improved.
Problem: When students and staff accessed webprint.arts.ac.uk a message came up in your browser that explained the certificate is out of date and entering this site could be risky. This message varies according to the browser used.
Information: The service’s certificate was out of date.
- IT services have updated the site certificate
Outcomes: The site is accessible as normal
Difficulty typing in username and password on Macs
Problem: On some Macs it was difficult to type in passwords particularly as the computer may skip a character or two, leading the user to think their login was broken
Information: The problem was linked to a configuration on the computers that governs the login process.
- The Bootrunner script has been removed from these machines
- A new version of bootrunner will be tested to ensure compatibility.
Outcomes: Since the removal of Bootrunner the issues have been removed.
Problems with Adobe Premiere and After Effects
Problem: On some computers using the Adobe Creative Suite an error message pops up when opening Adobe Premiere or After Effects to say that access to a library is not available.
Information: There was a configuration issue.
- Some configuration changes have been made
Outcomes: We are checking our machines to see if the problem has been resolved.
If you would like to ask some questions about these updates please go to http://arts.ac.libanswers.com/
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A new video has been produced about the inspiration UAL students and staff take from the libraries and special collections.
In the film, students and staff talk about how the library spaces affect their thinking and can help to unlock creativity.
The film is also online at the collections and archives website.
Wimbledon College of Arts Library will be closed on Monday 27th June. This is because the whole building was closed due to flooding late last week. It is planned that the library will re-open on Tuesday 28th June unless otherwise advised.
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