ELISA Library and archive visits – coming soon!

ELISA have two exciting visits coming up soon and tickets are available now.

On October 8th at 2:00pm there is a visit to Historic Environment Scotland.
This will include an introduction to HES’ work and its Archive and collections with the opportunity to ask questions about the Canmore database, Scran, PastMap and ScotlandsPlaces.
There will also be a tour of the Search Room at HES’ Archives and other points of interest in the building.
Tickets are available via Eventbrite 
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On November 8th there is a visit to Lloyds Bank’s archives at Sighthill in Edinburgh.
The Archivist at Lloyds’ will conduct a tour of the Bank’s archive stores.
The visit offers an opportunity to learn more about records management and enquiry handling within a private-sector organisation and compare this with the practice of, say, the National Records of Scotland, recently visited by ELISA.
This visit is open to all and will have a broad appeal to colleagues working in conservation and with local and family history records.
Tickets are available via Eventbrite 

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ELISA visit to St Cecilia’s Hall

Report by Judy Wheeler

On Wednesday 13th June, ELISA hosted a visit to St Cecilia’s Hall, in Edinburgh’s Cowgate. We were lucky enough to be given a guided tour of The Music Museum’s Collections by our very knowledgeable guide Sarah!

Entrance to the museum is from Niddry Street in the Cowgate – since undergoing a £6.5 million renovation, St Cecilia’s Hall and Music Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, and is free to visit: https://www.ed.ac.uk/visit/museums-galleries/st-cecilias

St Cecilia’s Hall itself is Scotland’s oldest purpose-built concert hall, built by the Edinburgh Musical Society in 1762. We heard a little of the hall’s history – it has been put to many different uses over the years, including a church, a Masonic Lodge, and a Dr Bell’s School, as well as a Cobbler’s and swing dance club to name a few. Luckily now it is a concert hall again, hosting a range of concerts and public events – and it is claimed that it is the only place in the world, it is claimed, that you can hear 18th-century music being played on 18th-century instruments in an 18th- century setting!

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The Music Museum houses the university’s collection of musical instruments from all over the world – a huge collection of 6000 instruments, with around 500 on display. We were treated to a tour of the keyboard instruments first of all – 36 in total, including harpsichords, virginals, spinets, clavichords and pianofortes – if you don’t know the difference, I would encourage you to visit the museum 🙂

Most of the early keyboard instruments were designed for domestic settings, to be played in the home – usually by ladies. Due to this, a lot of the time they needed to be on a fairly high stand, to make room for the skirts and corset of the musicians! The materials used also hinted at the social standing of the owner – instruments belonging to the middle classes would be less lavishly decorated, or made of materials that were cheaper at the time. The shape of some of the instruments was even designed so that the lady playing the keys could continue to flirt as she did so.

We also saw a Chamber organ dating from 1775 – the air had to be pumped manually through the instrument, so a ‘Blower’ was required to operate the pump – a tiring job.

We moved on to the rest of the collection – instruments on display included a Hurdy Gurdy  – a kind of mechanical violin where a wheel is turned to make the sound.
Can you spot it in this display case?
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The museum traces the development of the instruments, with early examples through to more modern instruments – below you can see from the recorder, wooden and ivory flutes – and even one made of crystal – through to the modern metal flute.

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I’d happily tell you more, but will let the pictures speak for themselves – I’d definitely recommend a visit and you can have a sneak preview on the website too: http://www.stcecilias.ed.ac.uk/

Report by Judy Wheeler
ELISA Training & Development Group

ELISA visit to Boroughmuir High School

Another exciting Library visit organised by ELISA – this time it is a visit to the new Boroughmuir High School at Viewforth / Fountainbridge.  You may have seen the new building as you walk along the Union Canal.

Boroughmuir High School School moved to its brand new premises at Viewforth Edinburgh beside the Union Canal in February 2018. The state-of-the-art building now takes 1,165 pupils with the new facilities (including a roof-top social area and soundproof dance theatre) designed to make the most of a compact, inner-city site.

ELISA are invited on a tour of the Library on 8th June 2018 with Library Resource Centre Coordinator Fiona Aleksandrowicz. Fiona will discuss the planning of the move, its implementation, and show some of the Library’s resources and equipment as the service gets settled in the new space.

Tickets for the visit are available on Eventbrite 

 

ELISA Visit to the Library of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh – photos

The visit to the Botanics Library was very successful – informative and interesting.
Many thanks to Lorna Mitchell, Head of Library Services at RBGE.

Photos of the visit (thanks to Chiara Ciucani)

EDGE Conference 2017

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We are open for business … EDGE2017

EDGE is the premier development event for elected members, Chief Executives, Directors, Heads of Service, trustees, E-government and community professionals, library vendors, and others with an interest in libraries and information

EDGE2017 – Keeping libraries relevant in a changing world

Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd March 2017
The Radisson Blu, 80 High Street, Edinburgh

details and booking at: http://edgeconference.co.uk/

The Importance of EDGE

The Scottish Government believes it is vital that adequate library services are in place across Scotland. Libraries offer crucial support to help people help themselves – to support literacy, digital participation, learning, employability, health, culture and leisure. They can improve the quality of people’s lives and support them to engage in the democratic process.  We are fully aware of the commitment that local authorities have to maintaining good quality, innovative library services and the City of Edinburgh Council is at the forefront of this, having developed the EDGE conference as an opportunity to share good practice and discuss future developments.

Can you afford to miss it?

EDGE2017 Awards
EDGE2017 highlights and rewards good practice in innovative library and information projects which:

  • Show or sell benefits of library and information services to other sectors, organisations and communities
  • Demonstrate innovation and creativity
  • Increase participation

Libraries Rock, Libraries are alive!

It’s Libraries time to shine

EDGE2017 rewards excellence.

Apply now at: http://edgeconference.co.uk/awards/

The awards are open to global applications. Finalists will be offered 1 complimentary 2 day delegate & dinner place and one discounted 2 day delegate & dinner.

Closing date 3rd February 2017

ELISA visit to SPICe

A successful visit to the Scottish Parliament Information Centre took place on Monday 14th November.  The visit started with a tour of the Parliament building including the Debating Chamber.  SPICe staff, Simon and Edna, explained about the different parts of the building and functions and facilities that exist.  In the Debating Chamber we had a look at where different MSPs and officials, special advisers and the public sit and learned about how voting takes place and how it is tracked.  Also how the sessions are recorded and documented with substantive notes.
SPICe provide information for committees to make changes and recommendations.  They provide specialist skills and bring in other external experts and gather information in different places in order to inform and provide knowledge for research committees.

Then there were two presentations which were very interesting and informative.
Kathryn explained about the Collection Management and Development.  The collection consists of a small physical collection and a large electronic collection including PQs papers, Laid papers etc. They publish everything electronically rather than on paper.  They provide an ILL service, material for debates, online subject guides on relevant and current topics e.g. referendum and newspapers and journals.  The current topics are constantly changing so the collection has to be based on acquiring the latest information.

Some of the challenges, which are similar to many other libraries and information centres, are the budget and the shift to digital resources and how this impacts on staff and services.  They have to make decisions on what to buy, whether to borrow or buy an item and consider different licence agreements.

Shona delivered a presentation about Enquiries and the CRM.  She explained about the different types of enquiries and how they handle and record enquiries and provide management information.  The ‘customers’ of SPICe are MSPs and their staff, parliamentary committees and Scottish Parliament staff.  The enquiry desk is in the garden lobby which is on the main thoroughfare of the building so very accessible.
80% of the enquiries come through the central point.  On the enquiry desk, staff deal with face to face enquiries and telephone enquiries but not email so that staff can give their full attention to the enquirer and get all the details especially the deadline.  It is important for them to manage customer expectations especially about the ‘hot topics’ where in information has to be sourced for the first time or from 3rd parties.
Emails are dealt with off the desk and they work out whether it is a reference or research matter.  If a research matter then gets passed on to a researcher, if reference then it is dealt with by the enquiry team.  Most of the enquiries are received by email.
Enquiries are recorded in a database/IT helpdesk system which provides a knowledge base.  The subject is recorded e.g. justice, economy, finance, education, health etc.This provides an insight into the most popular subjects and also on recruitment and expertise.
They have a Customer Relationship Management system which is proving valuable for responding to customer needs, working out what the question is, pre-empting issues and complaints and providing timely information via electronic channels.
They run Open Days and inductions for individual members and offer support for changing responsibilities.  One of their future challenges is going to be how to supply information in a usable format in real time.

We had a look round SPICe, the library. The library supports the researchers who support the MSPs. The staff are there to provide answers to questions. The researchers suggest what is needed for acquisitions.

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Job opportunity – National Galleries Scotland Librarian

LIBRARIAN (Band 6A), FULL-TIME, FIXED TERM
Maternity Cover, 9 months

Closing date for completed applications is Sunday 4 September 2016

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