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


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.


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

east branch

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.

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

Member or non-member, CILIP wants your views!

CILIP are consulting library staff on a new approach to CILIP membership.

They’ve heard that membership needs to be more affordable, better value for money, be more open to everyone in the sector and provide clearer benefits.

Now they want to hear what you think.

Find out more and take the short survey on the CILIP website.



Future Libraries event

Future Libraries – the next 125 years 

logoTuesday 9 June 2015, 7pm
Edinburgh Central Library

“We trust that this Library is to grow in usefulness year after year, and prove one of the most potent agencies for the good of the people for all time to come” – said Andrew Carnegie, our benefactor, in 1890

How do we make sure this holds true for the next 125 years? Come hear our panel discuss what’s happening next for libraries, as Edinburgh City Libraries celebrate their 125th birthday, week beginning 8th June 2015.

Speakers taking part include:

  • John Scally – (National Librarian and Chief Executive)
  • Philippa Cochrane – (Scottish Book Trust, Reader Development)
  • Prof. Hazel Hall- (Napier University- Professor of Social Informatics – information sharing in online environments)
  • Duncan Wright – Senior School Librarian at Stewart’s Melville College.

Chaired by Jeanette Castle, President of CILIPS Scotland (Chartered Intsitute of Library and Information Professionals) and introduced by Martina McChrystal, Acting Library and Information Services Manager, City of Edinburgh Council.

Register via Eventbrite

CILIP in Scotland Annual General Meeting 2015

The papers are now available for the Annual General Meeting of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland.

All papers can be viewed here:

The meeting will be held at the Apex Hotel, 1 West Victoria Dock Road, Dundee, DD1 3JP on Tuesday 2nd June 2015 at 10.15am.

In accordance with the Rules and Regulations and the Bye Laws of CILIP, all persons resident or employed in Scotland who are members are entitled to vote at the AGM.

National Libraries Day 2015 in Scotland – Storify

Our friend Anabel Marsh has Storifyd National Libraries Day 2015, so we don’t have to:

CILIP Scotland did one too:


Upcoming library and information events and workshops – from CILIPS

Dear CILIPS Member

We would like to alert you to the following 4 events. All of these are free of charge but booking is required:

Information Literacy in Scotland: Challenges and Opportunities

Information Literacy is a term common to Librarians but what does it mean to be information literate in Scotland today?   As more information and services move online, how can we ensure that there is equality of access to information across the country and reduce the gap between the information rich and information poor?  The Right Information, the Scottish Information Literacy Community of Practice and Scottish Library and Information Council, invite you to attend a symposium at the Scottish Government Offices on 13th February 2015 to examine the relevance of the term in relation to health, education,  housing, employability and welfare reform.

​The Symposium is free to attend, however places are limited. If you wish to book a place, please complete the short booking form at:

Booking will close on Friday the 30th January.

Professional Registration and Portfolio Building

Date: 20th March Time: 10am-2.30pm Room 1130, National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW, Edinburgh

Booking: email

Details: There is no charge for this course

Learning outcomes: * Improved understanding of how to progress towards the relevant qualification and what you will gain by doing so * Awareness of the Regulations and assessment criteria * An understanding of what constitutes a portfolio and why CILIP requires this for submission for its qualifications * Ideas about how to construct a portfolio and the types of evidence that can be included in it * An enhanced understanding of the benefits of Continuing Professional Development * Awareness of the support networks and information available to help candidates * Confidence to progress towards gaining a CILIP qualification successfully

Mentor training session

Monday 27 April 0945-1630

G20, Longman Campus, Inverness College UHI, 3 Longman Road, Inverness, IV1 1SA

For any further information or to book, please contact Alison Turriff or Val Walker the Mentor Support Officers for Scotland.

Contact details and

Mentor exchange of information session

Tuesday 28 April 1100-1230

Room1130, National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW For any further information or to book, please contact Alison Turriff or Val Walker the Mentor Support Officers for Scotland.

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Sean McNamara
Policy and Digital Officer – CILIP in Scotland