ELISA Summer Gathering and AGM – report

This year’s Summer Gathering and AGM was held yesterday at the Advocates Library. Here is a very brief summary of proceedings:

Cleo Jones, ELISA Business Committee Chair, welcomed everyone and opened the meeting with an introduction to the work of ELISA.


Nominations for the Business Committee, 2016-17
Current committee: Cleo Jones, Fiona Laing, Lauren Thow, Jane Condie, Julie Johnson, Clare Donlan , Ellen Peacock, Iain Young, Kirsteen Urquart.

All BC members are happy to stay on. The existing Business Committee were nominated by Elaine Simpson and seconded by Julie Arnot to serve for another year.

Tour of the Advocates Library
After the AGM, myself and Senior Librarian Andrea Longson provided tours of the Advocates Library building and Parliament Hall. There was also a small display of a few treasures from our collection.

Many thanks to Andrea Longson for her time yesterday and while preparing for the visit.

If you were unable to attend, or if you’d like another visit, the Advocates Library will be participating in Doors Open Day again this year. That’s on Saturday 24th September. Also, if you’re interested, you can read more about the sad history of The Faculty Mummy on my blog  🙂


ELISA Winter Warmer

The ELISA Winter Warmer will take place on Wednesday, 9 December 2015 from 16:45 to 19:15 (GMT) at the National Library of Scotland.

It is a winter celebration for the ELISA community.  Including a talk on bibliotherapy by Christine Cather, a chance to meet up with new friends and colleagues plus a discount in the National Library shop.

All welcome – refreshments will be available
Tickets are free and can booked via Eventbrite 



ELISA’s Winter Warmer social – an illustrated report

Fiona scrutinising a display
Fiona scrutinising a particularly interesting display of Jacobite documents

Apologies for the delay in posting this report – I did mean to do it far sooner. Better late than never though, eh?

ELISA’s Winter Warmer social 2015 took place on the evening of Monday the 9th of February.

Around fifteen ELISA members turned up to the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge for a special tour of the Game of Crowns: the 1715 Jacobite rising exhibition, led by Rare Books Curator Robert Betteridge.

I arrived at NLS a little after 5pm to find the first group had already set off on their tour round the exhibit. I chatted with those left behind and enjoyed the very tasty snacks that were on offer – many thanks to Fiona for organising those… Once Group 1 returned, me and the rest of Group 2 had our chance to view the exhibition.

Robert kindly gave me permission to take photos for inclusion in this report.

As you can see, the range and scope of documents Robert Betteridge has collected together is very impressive. Robert explained that he’d wanted to present the documents in context. For that reason the exhibition begins by looking at the various contenders for Scotland’s throne at the time, examining their familial connections and religious leanings.
The main body of the Game of Crowns exhibition is made up of pamphlets, letters, and legislation.
There are also various maps and illustrations on display, as well as coins and a very impressive sword! Touch-screens offer an interactive element, while specially recorded audio files sing songs and give voice to historic characters.
There seemed to be a fairly large proportion of items on display which were written by or about the Earl of Mar, a Jacobite general. My favourite piece in the exhibit was an I.O.U, written by Mar on a scrap of paper, for items commandeered to the Jacobite cause.

It’s amazing to me that such a literal scrap of history is not only still in existence, it is here on display for my viewing pleasure!

Robert Betteridge is a quietly spoken man but his knowledge of this subject is extensive. This knowledge was gained during the curation of the exhibition! I’m sure everyone who attended this event would like to thank Robert for taking the time to give us these tours. I found his commentary extremely informative and particularly appreciated the incite he gave into the creation of a major exhibition of this type.
Game of Crowns: The 1715 Jacobite rising runs until the 10th of May 2015 at NLS, George IV Bridge Building

Winter Warmer social – final reminder!!!

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Just a final reminder to book your place for the ELISA Winter Warmer social at NLS next Monday, 9th February at 5pm

Come along to the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge for a special tour of the winter exhibition Game of Crowns: the 1715 Jacobite rising led by curator Robert Betteridge.

There will be refreshments served and an opportunity to chat and catch up with ELISA colleagues.

Due to the need to finalise catering, booking will close tomorrow. So please be quick and book your place through eventbrite 

Business Committee meeting – Dec 2014 – brief report

The ELISA Business Committee held its last meeting of 2014 yesterday.

There was praise for the organisation and success of ELISA Open Forum 2014 – and kind words about the set-up and functionality of this new website.

Membership costs and renewals were discussed, as was the need for links between the BC and ELISA’s other Working Groups

Plans were begun for the organisation of a mid-winter social early in 2015 and for next year’s summer gathering and AGM – details of these to follow.

BC meeting dates pencilled in for 2015 are:

  • 11 March 2014, 3-5pm
  • 10 June 2014, 3-5pm
  • 9 Sept 2014, 3-5pm
  • ?? Dec 2014, 3-5pm

a message from SWOP

25th Anniversary photo competition
SWOP is celebrating its 25th birthday and we thought it would be fun to record what our libraries look like today – because who knows what they’ll look like in another 25 years!

So, please take a photo from your desk, the window of your workplace, or even a shelfie. Post it either on Twitter, the website or on our Knowledge Hub pages.  One photo per person please. Any photographs posted will be entered into a prize draw at our AGM! – for more details, see here

SWOP is a forum for librarians, information professionals and publishers working with Official Publications in Scotland