We had a great time at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh on the 10th July for our Summer Gathering and AGM. Many thanks to librarian Lorna Mitchell for hosting us, and for her talk – sadly not in the the library due to emergency building work there. Another highlight was our visit the lovely Botanic Cottage.
The Botanic Cottage is simultaneously the newest and oldest building in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. It is an inspirational hub for community and education activities
The ELISA AGM was held on Tuesday 26th September at the National Library of Scotland.
It was a very successful event with positive feedback from the 15 members who attended.
The event started with a tour of the NLS’s current exhibition led by Paula Williams (Curator of Maps, Mountaineering and Polar Collections). It was fascinating to look at the photographs and to hear the story of the expedition. Paula is extremely knowledgeable about the expedition and the history of the people, places and sequence of events. She made it sound both exciting and poignant. She also gave an insight into what is involved in curating and exhibition and the work that takes place behind the scenes.
The exhibition is definitely worth visiting and the photographs are amazing.
After the tour, there were refreshments and then the AGM.
The AGM deals with the official business of ELISA and with reports from the Business Committee and the financial report. Then reports from sub groups i.e. the Access Group, Training and Development Group and the Web Group.
These reports will be made available via the website as soon as they are available.
Nominations for the Business Committee, 2016-17 Current committee: Cleo Jones, Fiona Laing, Lauren Thow, Jane Condie, Julie Johnson, Clare Donlan , Ellen Peacock, Iain Young, Kirsteen Urquart.
All BC members are happy to stay on. The existing Business Committee were nominated by Elaine Simpson and seconded by Julie Arnot to serve for another year.
Tour of the Advocates Library
After the AGM, myself and Senior Librarian Andrea Longson provided tours of the Advocates Library building and Parliament Hall. There was also a small display of a few treasures from our collection.
Some rare books
The Advocates Library
The Laigh Hall – Advocates Library
The Mackenzie Building
The Laigh Hall
Many thanks to Andrea Longson for her time yesterday and while preparing for the visit.
This year’s Summer Gathering and AGM will be hosted by the Advocates Libraryand will take place on Monday 29th August, from 2.30-5pm.
The meeting will be held in the nearby MacKenzie Building (pictured) where refreshments will be provided. After the AGM, myself and Senior Librarian Andrea Longson will provide tours of the Advocates Library building and Parliament Hall.
This year’s Summer Gathering and AGM will take place on Thursday 25th June 2015, at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, from 4-6.30pm.
The meeting will be held in the Gallery’s AK Bell room where refreshments will be provided. Sarah Jeffcott, Librarian and Research Assistant, will also give us an introduction to her library/print room where we’ll see some highlights from the Scottish National Portrait Gallery‘s prints, drawings and photography collections.