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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
NLS are running a series of workshops in 2018 on the subject of text and data mining, with a focus on skills, audience, content, value, and technical literacy.
The workshop series is intended to be collaborative and to engage participants from academic bodies, digital industry, and heritage organisations, as well as independent or freelance individuals and innovators. To support the latter, NLS are offering up to four bursaries to compensate for time committed to the workshops.
Bursary applications are welcome from any qualifying individual and must be received by 18.00 on 28 February 2018.
Applications should be sent by email to Robin Smith at email@example.com. Please read the bursary information, including the bursary application terms and conditions, before submitting an application.
As well as bursary-holders, attendance at the workshop series will be by invitation.
The workshop series is a project funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and supported by the National Library of Scotland, working with partners at the University of Glasgow and Culture24.
This year’s AGM will be held (slightly later than usual) on Tuesday 26th September, 5pm at the National Library of Scotland.
Join us for a tour of the Library’s current exhibition Enduring Eye: the Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley led by Paula Williams, Curator of Maps, Mountaineering and Polar Collections.
Following the tour, there will be some refreshments and a short AGM, giving the opportunity to hear about the work undertaken by ELISA during the past year.
Please reserve your place via Eventbrite
Your name: Graeme Forbes
Library: National Library of Scotland
Job Title: Head of Collections Management
How did you become a librarian/what was your career path?
After graduating with a degree in English from the University of Stirling, I wrote to every University in the UK (there were fewer in 1979) asking for a job. I accepted an offer of a trainee post from Edinburgh and I was on my way.
I subsequently worked for Edinburgh City Libraries, West Surrey College of Art & Design, Leicester Polytechnic, and Napier College, Polytechnic and University before joining the National Library.
Did you need any specialist training for your current role?
I read for a Master’s degree in Librarianship and Information Science at the University of Sheffield, and later, whilst working, I gained an MBA from Edinburgh University.
What makes your library/department unique?
It’s the only National Library in Scotland! And of course, the breadth and depth of our collections, and our Legal Deposit privilege.
What is your favourite aspect of the job?
Working with so many smart and interesting people.
What has been your most complex/funny/unusual enquiry?
I was once asked for my trousers!
[Whilst at Napier I taught on the HNC Librarianship course which involved a trip to Mauritius for a distance-learners in-college week. On one of the days I returned from a lunchtime break, with my linen suit sodden after being caught in a sudden tropical downpour. The students (all female) were very insistent that they take my suit to dry it.]
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