Librarians Uncorked meeting – Thursday 14th November

Librarians Uncorked

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.

Librarians Uncorked November

Here’s one I prepared earlier: a guide to promoting your collections – event report

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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 AGM 2019 – reminder!

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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

ELISA AGM 2019

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:

Here’s one I prepared earlier: a guide to promoting your collections

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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.

Speakers:

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.

Event Details:

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 julie.sutherland@forrester.edin.sch.uk

Orenda Roadshow in Edinburgh

An evening of international crime fiction

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ELISA Open Forum -12/12/2018

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.

 

 

 

Artwork from some of Scotland’s most talented student photographers is on display at the Scottish Parliament until 8 February 2019.

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.

Gutenberg Bible on display 22nd November 2018

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

Event report – ELISA visit to Lloyds Banking Group Archives

On Thursday 8th November a small group of us ventured out to an unassuming building in Sighthill where we spent a surprising and interesting afternoon.

Words and pictures by Lesa Ng:

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this visit – maybe that it could have been a bit of a dry topic and looking at records management of modern records. Could not have been further from the reality. History of finance and of the bank really interesting – for instance learning the reason why Walter Scott is always printed on money.

I think people would be surprised they could apply to access to study the archives. Also hearing about the social history aspects – why and how the banks came about, who were the customers and who worked for them, and their advertising over the years. Of course was great we could handle the cloaks! Also sobering to hear that like everywhere library services and staff is always under threat, that they almost lost a staff member and that they were considering closing the Museum. The goody pack we got to take away was a bit different too. 🙂