Godfrey Hilton Thomson: The man who tested Scotland’s IQ – exhibition

Ornella Pantani from the Main Library Helpdesk at Edinburgh University has submitted  a wee post about their current exhibition:


Have you been a fan of the latest BBC programme ‘How to Stay Young?’. In this case, like me, you will have quite a surprise if you happen to go to the exhibition currently on display until the 26 November in the Exhibition Gallery, Main Library, University of Edinburgh, George Square. The Exhibition explores the pioneering and ground-breaking work in the field of educational research conducted by Professor Sir Godfrey Hilton Thomson, aimed to test the intelligence of every 11-year-old in Scotland.

In the last episode of the BBC programme, they went to Edinburgh to meet some of the very people that were involved in this original study, which represents in its totality the largest-scale of IQ test in Europe. So I’ve found very fascinating to learn in more details about this project, its creator, the way it was developed and its importance.

The Exhibition covers the professional life as well as the personal life of Professor Sir Godfrey Hilton Thomson, giving a full story of the man, his vision and achievements.

A very enjoyable and informative display for all to see.

The exhibition is free and is open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm.

Thanks Ornella!




Dolly, Art and Metadata Games: an introduction to the University of Edinburgh Library’s collections

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Staff from Edinburgh University Library will take you on an online guided tour of its collections, featuring highlights from the Art Collection and introduction to the Wellcome Trust-funded project `Towards Dolly: Edinburgh, Roslin and the Birth of Modern Genetics’. You will also hear about new initiatives to open up the Library’s digital collections and get a chance to try out their new metadata image tagging game!

Tues 29 September 6.30-7.30pm, George Washington Browne Room, Central Library, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EG

Book online at Edinburgh Reads

ELISA Edinburgh visit to Edinburgh College of Art Library


On Tuesday 2nd June I went on a visit to Edinburgh College of Art Library which was one of the programme of visits organised by ELISA training and development group.

The College of Art is on Lady Lawson Street in Edinburgh Old Town and has an old building at the front and a new building at the back leading onto West Port. The library is in the new part of the building.  The librarian, Jane Furness, had kindly offered to show us around and give a talk about the library and how it is used.

The library is based on 3 floors although as we were vising at the same time as the degree show was on, the top floor was being used for the exhibition.  Each floor is separate as it was originally going to be an office building so you come out of each floor and use the lift or stairs to get to the next.

On the main entrance floor is the Help Desk / Service Desk, some PCs and printer, lots of journals and magazines, the short loan collection and a collection of DVDs.

There is a variety of seating – comfortable seating and seating at tables and chairs.

On the lower floor there is the main book collection and some desks with PCs.
The whole area is light and bright and has a good feel to it.  It feels like a good place to work and the book collection is very interesting.
Jane explained about the collection and about the links with other Edinburgh University libraries and how the students use the resources.  Although there are some electronic resources, due to the nature of the subject it is important to have paper based books and artifacts that are accessible and appealing.

There are display cases containing exhibits and artists stories – these are really interesting and give an insight into the character of the library and its users.  The material is unique to the place.


More information about the ECA Library can be found on the University of Edinburgh website. 

After we had looked around the library, we visited the rest of the building and the degree show.  there were some interesting exhibits and a great view from the top.

Edinburgh University Library presentation: MOOCs, information literacy and the role of the librarian

Dear colleagues,

Edinburgh University Library is delighted to invite you to attend a presentation and discussion led by Sheila Webber, of the University of Sheffield, on 12 January 2015, 1.30-2.30pm.

The title of the presentation is ‘MOOCs, information literacy and the role of the librarian’.

Sheila Webber will start by briefly outlining some general characteristics of MOOCs and her own experience with them. She will go on to identify types of MOOC (network-based, task-based and content-based) and the implications for MOOC pedagogy. As part of this discussion she will note some findings from an investigation into the value of learning analytics for MOOC educators (undertaken by Naomi Colhoun at Sheffield University in summer 2014). In the final part of her presentation she will reflect on the various roles that have been, or could be, adopted by librarians, and the implications for librarian education and development.

If you would like to attend, please book a place so we can be sure the venue will hold us all: http://tinyurl.com/prg55ow

Sheila Webber:MOOCs, information literacy and the role ofthelibrarian- EventbriteEventbrite – Marshall Dozier presents Sheila Webber:MOOCs, information literacy and the role of the librarian – Monday, 12 January 2015 at The University of Edinburgh Main Library. Find event and ticket information.Read more…

Sheila Webber is Senior Lecturer in the Information School, University of Sheffield. She is Director of the Centre for Information Literacy Research, teaches on the iSchool’s Masters programmes, particularly in the area of information literacy, and supervises PhD students in the field of information literacy and education. She is a committee member of the IFLA Information Literacy Section and a past member of the SCONUL Working Group on Information Literacy and the CILIP Information Literacy Group. Sheila is an internationally invited speaker, and has maintained the Information Literacy Weblog since 2005 (at http://information-literacy.blogspot.com), which recently passed one million page views. Previous jobs include teaching at Strathclyde University and heading up the British Library’s Business Information Service.

Sheila is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was an academic Fellow for Sheffield University’s Centre for Inquiry Based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences. She has taught on the iSchool’s Educational Informatics module, and maintains a programme of continuing professional development events in the virtual world, Second Life. Sheila was one of the cross-disciplinary team of educators on the “Play” MOOC which ran in September-November 2014 on the FutureLearn MOOC platform, and is a member of the FutureLearn Academic Network, which focuses on research issues and opportunities of MOOC research.