24 Doors of Advent

Taking place from 1st to 24th December 2019 – Explore Edinburgh’s hidden gems through the doors of a real-life Advent Calendar. Each day a unique Edinburgh location will open its doors to the public. Discover bookish locations such as: National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh Printmakers, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre.

Full details can be found here

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

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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

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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.

Speakers:

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 julie.sutherland@forrester.edin.sch.uk

Summer Gathering and AGM at RBGE

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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.

Working Group reports: 

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LocScot event at NLS – places still available

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LocScot event at the National Library of Scotland with a tour of the National Museum of Scotland Library.

This one day LocScot event will take place on Tuesday the 20th March in the National Library of Scotland.

Programme

 09.45-10        Registration and coffee

10–10.45     Scottish Local History Directory The Scottish Local History Forum, in association with the National Library of Scotland and LocScot, are working together to create a free online Scottish Local History Directory, hosted on the SLHF website. Inspired by the invaluable publication  “Exploring Scottish History” by Michael Cox (last published in 1999), the project was made possible by work placement students from the Information & Library Studies (ILS) programme at the University of Strathclyde. Users will be able to search. T he directory by keyword or advanced search options to all kinds of local history resources across Scotland.  The project partners and students will give an update on the project so far and invite your help to grow the directory’s coverage.

10-45-11      Coffee

11-12.15       Representatives from Historic Environment Scotland will join us to give an overview on the HES Library web resources – find out how to access and fully utilise resources such as Canmore; ScotlandsPlaces; Scran; Britain from Above; Dictionary of Scottish Architecture. This helpful and informative session is designed to update and inform us so that we can further utilise and promote these fantastic resources.

12.15 – 12.30    Graeme Hawley from the National Library of Scotland  will also talk on the E-resources that NLS has available

12.30–1.45      Lunch at Vittoria’s on the Bridge

2pm        A guided tour of the National Museum of Scotland’s Library and the Scottish Life Archive has been arranged – this tour is limited to 15 people so the first to book will secure a place!

This LocScot event is free and lunch is optional but a good chance to network. When you book you will be sent details of the menu, cost and how to pre order lunch.

To book please contact     Jennifer Giles j.giles@nls.uk 

ELISA Open Forum – The Librarian in a Post-Truth World – postponed

Unfortunately we have had to postpone this event but we are planning to reschedule it for early 2018.

An ELISA Open Forum Event is planned for Wednesday 6th December 1.30pm – 6.00pm at the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh.

The theme  of the event is ‘The Librarian in a Post-Truth World
If all facts are optional; fake news makes news; and information is just another political football – where does that leave the librarian?

ELISA Open Forum – The Librarian in a Post-Truth World – save the date!

*Save the Date* 
Wednesday 6th December 2017 

An ELISA Open Forum Event is planned for Wednesday 6th December 1.30pm – 6.00pm at the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh.

The theme  of the event is ‘The Librarian in a Post-Truth World
If all facts are optional; fake news makes news; and information is just another political football – where does that leave the librarian?
Join us for an afternoon of provocation, discussion and debate plus a chance to connect with colleagues and celebrate the contribution that librarians can still make in this “post-truth” world.

Tickets (free) will be available soon – more details to follow on how to book via Eventbrite.