A new online learning resource from the National Library of Scotland:
We’ve launched a new online learning resource – Struggles for Liberty: African American Revolutionaries in the Atlantic World. This resource explores the lifelong fight for social justice of African American activists, some of whom campaigned in Scotland in the 19th century.
Struggles for Liberty features writings authored by prominent African American reformers, freedom fighters and campaigners including Frederick Douglass, Maria W. Stewart, Nathaniel Turner, Sojourner Truth, David Walker and Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Their histories are told through autobiographies, letters, photographs and other original documents held at the National Library, in the Walter O. Evans Collection (now at Yale) and in other US library and archive collections.
The resource is arranged by theme including the Story of the Slave, the History of Black Abolition, and African American activists in Scotland. It also includes interactive maps and downloadable learning activities for teachers, including activities mapped to the Curriculum for Excellence.
Struggles for Liberty was created in collaboration with collector Dr Walter O. Evans and partners in the US and the UK.
The Ghosts of Librarians Past: Decolonising Library Collections and Classifying Dewey as Cancelled
Thursday 14th November 5.30 – 7.00 pm, Brewhemia Prosecco Bar, Edinburgh
Librarians Uncorked is back and in this session we will be discussing what role libraries should be playing in the decolonisation of knowledge, through diversifying collections and by becoming a more inclusive profession: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2019/10/04/how-to-decolonise-the-library/
What are the ethical implications for libraries in addressing unnerving revelations that classification titan Melvil Dewey held a collection of unsavoury views on subjects of race, women’s roles and religion? Recently this spooked the American Library Association into changing the name of one of its top leadership honours: https://slate.com/human-interest/2019/09/melvil-dewey-american-library-association-award-name-change.html
Is it the role of librarians to exorcise our haunting legacy issues or should we accept it would take something supernatural to transform established collecting habits?
Unlike some of our librarian forefathers, we welcome all interested parties! Librarians Uncorked is a safe space where opinions can be aired, library issues worked through and professional connections made.
Yesterday I attended CILIPS East Branch‘s afternoon event exploring some different ways to promote our library collections. It took place at the NLS, and over a few hours we were presented with three very different methods of “exhibiting” materials.
Gordon Yeoman, Exhibitions Conservator, National Library of Scotland
Gordon gave us a run down of what goes into putting on a large exhibition such as Northern Lights, the Scottish Enlightenment (currently running at NLS). His team of six people also work with curators and other NLS staff to present smaller exhibitions in various places around the library. This talk was followed by half an hour in which we were actually able to go and view the exhibit. It looks wonderful.
Calum McGhie, Customer Service Manager, Blackwell’s Bookshop, Edinburgh
I found this section particularly interesting. Though it was less from an exhibition viewpoint and more that it gave me ideas of how we might better communicate with our users around the library using ‘shelf talkers’, as they do in bookshops.
Graeme Hawley, Head of General Collections, National Library of Scotland
The ever entertaining Mr Hawley spoke engagingly about the exhibition he wasn’t able to make into an exhibition (because the Enlightenment exhibit was using the space). Instead he built a website of long-read essays and films to tell the story of the decade which (he argues) is responsible for making the world we live in today. You can visit his website here: Back to the future: 1979-1989.
This was a very enjoyable afternoon and I was really impressed by the unusual (perhaps even quirky!) takes on the idea of ‘exhibitions’. Thanks CILIPS East.
ELISA’s 2019 AGM is this Thursday, 20th June, at 3-5pm in the George Washington Browne room of Edinburgh Central Library.
There will be refreshments and networking, as well as the chance to hear about some treasures of Edinburgh Libraries.
Please remember to register via Eventbrite
The ELISA AGM this year will take place on Thursday 20th June, 3-5pm, in the George Washington Browne room of the Central Library. There will be refreshments and the opportunity for networking. Also, as a bonus, we will hear about some of the treasures of Edinburgh Libraries.
Please register your intention to attend via Eventbrite:
Cilips East Branch is hosting an inspiring afternoon looking at how three very different ‘collections’ have been promoted. Ranging from practical bookstore display techniques to creating online exhibitions and large displays; this event will share tricks and tips useful for every library, no matter how large or small the collection.
Gordon Yeoman, Exhibitions Conservator, National Library of Scotland
Sharing the secrets of putting together large exhibitions.
Graeme Hawley, Head of General Collections
Doing ‘an exhibition’ differently.
Calum McGhie, Customer Service Manager, Blackwell’s Bookshop, Edinburgh.
Attracting customers and promoting book stock using eye-catching displays.
There will be an opportunity for attendees to walk to Blackwell’s Bookshop to view table and window displays after the event.
Please note that Spaces are limited.
Please direct any questions about this event to Julie Sutherland: Chair, Cilips East Branch firstname.lastname@example.org
The annual ELISA Forum will be held on Wednesday 12th December at the NLS starting at 2:00pm.
The theme of the event is Doing things Differently
There will be a number of exciting presentations including:
- Using Lego to Teach Referencing
- Access to Own and auto-upgrades for eBook purchases
- Training and digital literacy
- Librarians Uncorked
- NLS Fashion
Tickets are available on Eventbrite
Refreshments will be provided and there will be opportunities for networking and socialising.
The exhibition – Higher Vision – will showcase some of the best photographs taken by 26 students from schools and colleges from all over Scotland who have completed the Scottish Qualifications Authority’s Higher Photography course over the past year.
To mark Book Week Scotland 2018 and the 550th anniversary of the death of Johannes Gutenberg, one of the National Library’s most treasured items, the Gutenberg Bible is being shown publicly, for one day only, on the Thursday 22 November
10.00-18.00 in the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. No need to book. Read more