Employment opportunity: Senior Librarian, Advocates Library


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The Advocates Library

The Faculty of Advocates is one of Scotland’s most ancient and prestigious organisations. The professional body for the Scottish bar, the Faculty of Advocates is a membership organisation with the Advocates Library at its heart. Established formally in 1689, the Library blends tradition with its modern role as a busy working law library, providing a library and information service to members of the Faculty and acting as Scotland’s national law library. The Faculty also has responsibility for maintaining a formal relationship with the Abbotsford Trust- located at Sir Walter Scott’s former home.

Due to the imminent retirement of the present Senior Librarian, a rare and exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and qualified Librarian to fill this post. The post holder will be responsible for managing the Advocates Library, leading a professional team of 14 to deliver the best possible service to members of Faculty and the general public via the National Library of Scotland. Additionally, the post holder supports the links with the Abbotsford Trust, caring for the library and other collections hosted at Sir Walter Scott’s former home.

A key member of the Faculty management group, the Senior Librarian reports to the CEO and also works closely with the Keeper of the Library to develop the strategic direction of the library and implement library policies. The post holder will therefore have an in depth knowledge of modern library practice and be able to build effective working relationships, manage and develop staff and have a proven track record in delivering excellent service.

For further information, including a full job description, for this interesting and challenging role and to note your interest in the post please email hr.department@advocates.org.uk quoting reference number 14.13.

Closing Date: Friday 29th September 2017 @ 5pm



Reminder: ELISA AGM & tour, 26th September

Remember this year’s AGM will be held on Tuesday 26th September, 5pm at the National Library of Scotland.

There will be a tour of the NLS’s current exhibition led by Paula Williams (Curator of Maps, Mountaineering and Polar Collections) followed by refreshments and a short AGM. As usual this is will be a great social and networking opportunity (I’m sorry I’m going to miss it).

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Visit to National Library of Scotland’s Map Collections 20th Oct 2.30pm

CILIP’s Government Information Group has organised a visit to the National Library of Scotland  Map Library on the 20th Oct.maps-of-scotland

The National Library of Scotland Map Library is one of the ten largest map collections in the World, holding around 2 million maps, as well as atlases, gazetteers, and a growing collection of digital map datasets. This visit will include a talk describing the main highlights of the map collections, their users, and the growing ways the content is delivered online through http://maps.nls.uk, as well as a brief tour to view maps themselves and storage facilities. Chris Fleet is Map Curator at the Library, where he has worked since 1994, with particular responsibilities for digital mapping.

You dont have to be a member of the Government Information Group or CILIP to attend this event.

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Edinburgh University Library tour


Paul Gorman is offering a tour of Edinburgh University Main Library. Please book a place via Eventbrite


Building a Single Digital Presence for Public Libraries

digital presenceThis report explores the concept of, and the need for, a single digital presence for public libraries. A single digital presence could be transformative for existing and potential library users as well as for library services. The report, jointly authored by Carnegie UK Trust and Arts Council England, is based on a roundtable discussion held with key stakeholders from across the UK in Arts Council England offices in December 2016. The British Library will now lead a period of analytic and strategic development of the single digital presence.

A library is more than a building of books… — Tales of One City

A post about the anonymous book sculptures (we never can get enough of that story!) from @TalesOfOneCity

‘A library is more than a building of books,’ the anonymous book sculptor wrote on the note attached to her first gift, a sculpture crafted from the pages of books and left anonymously in the Scottish Poetry Library. These beautiful book sculptures are a love letter to libraries, and a celebration of the power of […]

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ELISA AGM, Networking & Exhibition Tour

endurance-in-ice-lThis year’s AGM will be held (slightly later than usual) on Tuesday 26th September, 5pm at the National Library of Scotland.

Join us for a tour of the Library’s current exhibition Enduring Eye: the Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley led by Paula Williams, Curator of Maps, Mountaineering and Polar Collections.

Following the tour, there will be some refreshments and a short AGM, giving the opportunity to hear about the work undertaken by ELISA during the past year.

Please reserve your place via Eventbrite