A selection of tables featuring initiatives of interest…
1. Glasgow School of Art Page Park Architects – hosted by Natalia Burakowska
Summary: Page Park Architects’ stall demonstrated the work which has gone into restoring Glasgow School of Art to its former state, while also promoting the use of traditional tools.
2. University of Bath Library – hosted by David Stacey
Summary: Library design winners from students involved with the ACE Vertical Studio project, resulting from the ‘real-world’ design brief provided by one of Bath’s librarians Kate Robinson between 18 and 22 January 2016.
Two of the University of Bath’s students’ designs.
Picture Credit: Leo Clarey
Link to University of Bath’s Library blog
3. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada – hosted by Paula Farrar
Summary: Paula Farrar, who is the Music, Art and Architecture Librarian from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, is on a sabbatical trip to the UK, in which she has visited as many architectural libraries as possible. She has complemented her visit by reading architectural texts and establishing networks with librarians from the libraries she has visited.
4. Architectural Fanzines from Glasgow School of Art – hosted by Rebecca Oliva
A range of architectural-themed zines displayed.
Summary: A range of architectural-themed zines from the collection housed at the Glasgow School of Arts were displayed, which demonstrated the colourful assortment of handmade and printed examples that are a used part of the library’s collection.
5. Welcome talks at Manchester Metropolitan University – hosted by Elaine Cooke
Summary: Elaine Cooke, librarian at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) for Architecture, interior design and landscape architecture, demonstrated the university’s use of Kahoot questionnaire software, which is freely available and is used by MMU Library to introduce a fun and interactive element to induction talks and Info skills sessions. Setting up a quick quiz of four or five questions is quite easy, and the students join the quiz with their mobile phones by inputting a PIN number and their names appear on screen as they join so you have an idea of the proportion of the group who have joined. The students then answer multiple choice questions on their phones – the answers are colour coded and scores are based on accuracy and speed of response. The quiz software is very flexible and suits any size group from small seminars to large lecture theatres. Both Library staff and students at MMU have enjoyed using Kahoot and it makes for a much more lively session!
Example of a feedback form, and a promotional poster showing the benefits of interaction with the library, from Manchester Metropolitan Library.
Picture credits: Leo Clarey
6. Birkhauser Building Types Online – hosted by Anne O‘Riordan
Summary: Anne O‘Riordan Birkhauser hosted a stall on Building Types Online, which is a very helpful tool for students and practitioners working in architectural design. The database includes content from a selection of previously published Birkhäuser publications (2002-2016), comprising more than 750 case studies and more than 100 articles on specific aspects of building design. All in all, it contains approx. 1800 photos and 3500 plans.
· A large international collection of contemporary buildings, from housing and offices to museums, schools and other building types
· A focus on floor plans and sectional drawings in unrivalled quality. A large part of the drawings are vector-based
· Exclusive and unparalleled, highly flexible and detailed search and browse access to the contents of the Birkhäuser program on building types
· Texts by renowned authors, which analyze the context of a building type or explain specific aspects of its planning and design such as lighting, acoustics, urban design or circulation.
7. University of Brighton, First Year students’ interactive library induction – hosted by Julie Charles
Summary: Julie Charles of the University of Brighton, presided over a stall which demonstrated the interactive library induction planned for the university’s first year Architecture students using the software tool Actionbound. It’s an online scavenger hunt, and sends players on missions to find locations and complete challenges. It’s very easy to download and can be used on smartphones and tablets. Fully interactive and ticks that kinaesthetic learning box, thereby enriching the students’ learning experience as well.
Marketplace review by Leo Clarey, London College of Communication Library