Current events in Special Collections

“Exploring the different forms of distribution, promotion, and preservation performed by these archives that were once living networks, All My Independent Women 2012 searches for new modes of accountability and circulation within the arts that are based on dialogue with a potential for re-invention.”

Right now there is a ‘video lounge’ set up in Special Collections (with bean bags!) showing a selection of videowork by women artists curated by PhD student Carla Cruz. The project is called AMIW 2012 (AMIW= All My Independent Women) and is available to view any time. The Special Collections office is open: Mon-Fri 9.15-17.00 and until 19.00 on Wednesdays. This is open to all students and will be available until 16th December

Tomorrow evening (Friday 28th) there will be a workshop from 5pm to 7pm titled “Practicing Sexual Difference” that is related to Carla Cruz’s project. Althea Greenan (Senior Library Assistant for Special Collections) will be on site and looking after these events. 
There are more workshops scheduled for October 10th, November 2nd and 9th and December 5th. For more information on these go to 

Jobs in the Library

Have you ever though about working in a library? It is a great way to  make some extra money during your studies. Right now at Goldsmiths library we are advertising for two part-time roles.

The first is to be a night-team assistant or a weekend team assistant. All the details about this role and the person specification are available on the Goldsmiths Jobs page.
The second role is to be a night-team leader or a weekend team leader. This role requires you to have experience of supervising other people. Again all the rest of the details about this role and the person specification  are on the jobs page.

These jobs are only open to Goldsmiths staff and students. This means you need to click on the internal only vacancies and put in your IT username and password.

Good luck to everyone applying and we hope to be working with you soon.

The Library Top Ten – Part 2

The second installment of our ten things to get you started in the library.

6. account

You log on to, Goldsmiths’ Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) using your IT username and password. You can find pages for your course and also for the library.

7. Self issue

To borrow or return items from the Library you can use the self-issue machines. Everything in the Library can be borrowed using them except VHS which still have to be borrowed from the Library Help desk. We have five machines in the library, all on the ground floor. Two are just inside of the entrance barriers, the other three are up by the Help desk. If you have any problem using them just ask a member of staff and they will be happy to help you.


8. USB stick or flash drive 

We advise you to get one of these to store all your work on. Please remember to create a file on there with your name and email address in case you lose it. That way we can contact you as you probably will not be the only student with a Goldsmith USB stick.


9. Box of Broadcasts 

Or BOB as it is affectionately known is a way to watch and record television programmes and films from a number of channels on your PC. To log in you just need your IT username and password and you can watch anything that has been recorded by any institution. So no need to worry about missing Neighbours whilst at a lecture, you can even go back and watch programmes you forgot to record over the last seven days.


10. Senate House Library

As Goldsmiths is part of the University of London, all Goldsmiths students have access to Senate House Library. To join you just need to go there with your Goldsmiths Card and you will be able to borrow their books and access all their journals. You can also access all their e-resources from home once you have registered. Plus if you live in Central or North London and do not fancy the commute all the way here it is also just a lovely place to study.

The Library Top Ten – Part 1

A very big welcome to all our new students (and of course to all our returning students). To help get you started in the Library we have compiled a list of the top ten things you will need to use the library.

1. Goldsmiths card

Once you get given your card at enrollment guard it with your life! Without your card you will not be able to get in and out of the library. If you do forget your card during the day you can get a day pass from reception but not overnight. You also need your card to be able to borrow items from the library. The day pass only gives you access!


2. Library PIN

To reserve items, or renew your current items online you will need to log into ‘Your Library Record’. This can be found on the Library Catalogue. Your log in for this is your barcode number which can be found beneath the barcode on your Goldsmiths Card and your Library PIN. Your library PIN should be your date of birth in six digits e.g if your date of birth was the 5th November 1985 your PIN would be 051186.  If you are a member of staff at Goldsmiths or a visiting user of the library your PIN will be something else and you will need to contact the Library either by phone on 020 7919 7189 or by email at


3. IT username and password

This year there is a new service for students to get their new IT username and password. You need to go to the MyAccount page and fill in all your details. This will create your IT username and password. This allows you  use the computers on campus, to print, to photocopy, and to set up your email address. If you have any problems creating your username and password email  or visit the IT Helpdesk in the Library.

4. Library web pages to find the library catalogue and your subject pages

The Library web pages are full of useful information about the library. You can find out the contact details for members of staff, there is a link to the catalogue so you can search it from home, guides to resources in your subject, and information about using other libraries.


5. Printing account

To print in the library you need your Goldsmiths Card. We use a system called pcounter. To create your pcounter account you just need to swipe your card on the value loaders situated on the ground floor of the Library and enter your password. Once you have created your account you need to top-up, you can either do this with coins at the value loaders or by a card transfer online. Please be aware that once you have put money onto your account you cannot take it off, so think carefully before topping up lots of money.

– If you have forgotten your Goldsmiths Card you can top up by typing in your IT username and password on the keyboard of the value loader, you can also print by typing your IT username and password into the printers via the touchscreen pads. There’s more about printing on the IT Services web pages.

Welcome Week, Welcome Desk

Welcome to all our new students at Goldsmiths this year. Also a massive welcome to all our returning students. This year we have a welcome desk at the front of the library (just through the turnstiles) to answer all your library questions. We also have pencils, beer-mats (or coffee-mats depending on your drinking persuasion), sweets, card holders, maps of campus and lots of leaflets about other services that the library and the University offer. So please come say hello.

We will also be running the tours from there. There will be a tour going every half and hour starting at 10 and finishing at 4 throughout this week. The tours will last about 15 minutes and will give you a basic overview of the library and its facilities.

Feedback – Staplers

“Would be great to also have a stapler on the 1st floor, where the computers are. Thnx”

We have staplers available for use at the Help Desk on the Ground Floor. During the academic year, they are replaced when they go missing. During the academic year 2011/2012 we replaced over 100 staplers. Due to the amount that go missing from a staffed area, we are not able to provide staplers on the 1st Floor.

(11th September 2012)

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