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?
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I know that not everyone who’d like to follow ELISA is able to access the blog (for whatever reason). I am also aware that our new, post-GDPR mailing-list has been somewhat underused so far. However, I think I’ve got a solution to both of those issues.
I did a bit of investigating this week and (I hope) I’ve found a way to push new blog posts out via the Mailchimp list!
I don’t want to overwhelm or annoy anyone with multi-mails, therefore I’ve opted for a weekly mailing which should include any new posts from the previous week (if there are no new posts there should not be any emails…as far as I can tell).
The first update should be in your inboxes tomorrow morning (Friday). I’d welcome any feedback or comments on this idea. I am always open to change and adaptation.
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We’ve published some wonderful pictures of the early days of the festival on Capital Collections. This mini-exhibition is a set of black and white promotional images dated 1949, when the festival was still in its infancy.
In 1947, following the devastation of World War Two, the International Festival of Music and Drama in Edinburgh aimed to unite people through a shared experience of art and culture, to “provide a platform for the flowering of the human spirit”. The city staged a major international cultural event, showcasing first-rate performances of classical music, dance, opera and theatre.
Since this time, the original festival has grown and flourished and spawned and inspired other festivals held during August and throughout the year.
Seventy years later, Edinburgh continues to welcome the world to the greatest arts festival.
Over the last few months more than a 100 visitors to Portobello, Muirhouse, Drumbrae, Leith, Oxgangs and Wester Hailes Libraries have had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Berlin Blitz by flying over Berlin with the crew of a Lancaster Bomber, encounter gorillas in the Congo and travel in Dr Who’s Tardis courtesy of the BBC Virtual Reality Libraries Tour.
The BBC created new and unique VR experiences for public libraries in the UK.
For most of the participants they were trying a VR headset for the first time and everyone enjoyed the experience and would like to have the opportunity to try it again.
Visitors to Portobello Library enjoying the VR experience.
Find out more about the BBC project that brought virtual reality experiences to new audiences in over 150 UK libraries.