LocScot event at NLS – places still available

National Library of Scotland

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 

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NLS Workshop series 2018 bursaries

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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 copyright@nls.uk. 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.

ELISA AGM, Networking & Exhibition Tour

endurance-in-ice-lThis 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

 

ELISA mini-quiz – Graeme Forbes, East Lothian Council Library services

nlsexterior2Your name:  Graeme Forbes
Library:  East Lothian Council Library services
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.]

Many thanks to Graeme for becoming our first ‘mini-quiz’ respondent. If you’d like to take part, or have anything else you’d like posted on this site, please contact me – The Webmaster!

Trial of retrospective music periodicals service at the National Library of Scotland

A message from the NLS:

The National Library of Scotland is currently trialling electronic reference services providing retrospective access to music periodicals:

  • RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (1800-1950)
  • RIPM Online Archive of Music Periodicals (Full-Text)
  • RIPM e-Library of Music Periodicals

Trial access is for onsite users only but feedback can be given via an online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/57H9CQC

The trial ends on 6 Nov 2016.

For enquiries email music@nls.uk.

Ms Almut Boehme Music Curator | Collections and Research Department National Library of Scotland

The Book Beautiful – at NLS

TREASURES ON DISPLAY: The Book Beautiful

PictureChoice books from private presses inspired by the late 19th century British arts and crafts movement are matched with some of the very earliest printed books in the Library’s collections. By conceiving the book as a unified whole in which format, page design, type, illustration, binding and raw materials all work together harmoniously, private presses were able to create works of art, the ideal of the ‘Book Beautiful.’

Dates: Open to Sunday 13 March 2016

ADMISSION FREE

Venue: George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW

Scotland on Screen website upgraded and re-launched!

Film education website is upgraded and re-launched

The Scotland on Screen website has re-launched with improved capabilities. This educational website, built in partnership with Education Scotland and Creative Scotland, can now be viewed on all platforms including tablets and smartphones. Containing hundreds of free-to-watch short films and clips from our Moving Image Archive, the website also has guidance on how to use archive film in school projects and lessons.

View the Scotland on Screen website