Get Lost in the Stacks  
Find Resources in GANA’s Glass Library  
b y E r i n F l e t c h e r  
icrofiche.Inter-library loans.  
It wasn’t all bad,but it’s nice to have the swers that help you maintain best prac-  
Dewey Decimal index cards. options of today’s modern resources,es- tices in the glass and glazing industry;  
I know there are some read- pecially Google.God bless Google—what solutions on topics like safety,test meth-  
ers out there who may have no idea an incredible tool to answer the many ods, durability standards, labeling, in-  
what these things are, and boy, are they questions that may pop into our heads. stallation, applications and so much  
fortunate! These are all research tools From pop culture trivia (is Andy Griffith more.That’s where GANA comes in.  
of the past—remnants of a time when still alive?) to understanding biological  
one had to trek to a physical library and processes (what is photosynthesis?) and READINGMATERIAL  
spend the day researching, copying, important life questions (do UFOs  
All year round, volunteers in the vari-  
highlighting and note-taking to gain exist?), the Internet and search engines ous GANA divisions address critical  
detailed information on a topic. You are tremendously useful tools.Of course, questions facing the industry. For the  
could literally and figuratively get lost these aren’t perfect tools. Occasionally, good of all stakeholders in the industry,  
in the stacks trying to find the infor- you need seriously technical answers to they create “glass informational bul-  
mation you needed.  
big questions.You need the detailed an- letins” (GIB).These documents are brief,  
informative and free. They are available  
online and can be instantly downloaded  
from the GANA website. Our volunteer  
experts, with the assistance of GANA  
technical director Urmilla Sowell, have  
created more than 50 GIBs. (See box).  
Assessment of the Weatherability and Durability of Decorative Glass  
Durability Testing of Painted Decorative Interior Mounted Glass  
Green Aspects of Mirror  
Design Considerations for use of Sealants and Adhesives with Coated Glass  
Proper Procedures for Receiving, Storage and Transportation of Flat Glass Mirrors  
These free resources are a great tool.  
Guidelines for the Appearance of Insulating Glass Unit Edges in Commercial GANA also offers a number of other  
manuals, test methods and courses via  
our publications department.Our man-  
uals and popular GIBs are re-visited on  
a regular cycle to make updates and  
modifications to reflect the latest stan-  
Applications at the Time of Installation  
Recommended Applications for Heat-Treated Glass  
Methods of Measuring Optical Distortion in Heat-Treated Glass  
Effects of Moisture, Solvents and Other Substances on Laminating Glazing Edges dards. You can always get online to find  
information that helps you run your  
day-to-day operations. But if you want  
information you can trust, be sure to  
visit to get real an-  
swers through our GIB library and pub-  
lications store. s  
Marking and Labeling of Architectural Laminated Glass  
Use of Laminated Glass in Glass Railing Systems  
Screening Out UV Radiation with Laminated Glass  
Security Glazing for Schools  
Bird-Friendly Glass Design Strategies  
Detention Facility Glazing  
Protecting Against Weld Splatter  
E r i n R o b e r t s is the  
director of marketing and  
communications for the  
Glass Association of North  
America in Topeka, Kan.  
Approximate Weight of Architectural Glass  
Glass Properties Pertaining to Photovoltaic Applications  
Suggested Procedures for Dealing with Broken Glass  
Safety Guidelines for Deglazing Structural Silicone  
The Top 10 Items Commonly Missing from Fenestration System Shop Drawings  
USGlass, Metal & Glazing | March 2016