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Blue Spine Collection at the Glasgow Women's Library

Shauna McMullan working on Blue Spine
Blue Spine is a newly commissioned artwork by artist Shauna McMullan involving the creation of a single long, blue, line of books borrowed and collected from women throughout Scotland.

Can you lend a book to this collection? You are invited to take part in this artwork if you can provide a book that:

  • Has a blue spine or blue somewhere in the spine and
  • Is written by a woman

Blue Spine has been commissioned by Glasgow Women's Library and makes a connection with its plans to re-locate to the Mitchell Library and to become an accredited national resource, a "Women's Library of Scotland".

You will be invited to celebrate the opening of the artwork and to see your book as part of this collection in The Mitchell Library, Glasgow, in 2010. Following the exhibition your book will be returned to you with a numbered bookmark enclosed, recognising your book's place within this collection. Your book will need to be borrowed until August 2010 amd it is important to include a note of your name, address and contact details within your book.

Please send your book to (or drop it off at): Blue Spine Collection, Glasgow Women's Library, 81 Parnie Street, Glasgow, G1 5RH.

Call: 0141 552 8345


You can also follow the development of Blue Spine at 30 Mar

Senior Library and Information Officer (School Library Services) Vacancy: Dundee

Salary Range: £29325 - £33087

Dundee City Council require a Senior Library and Information Officer to develop the school library service in Dundee.

Responsible for the management and development of the School Library Service in consultation with the Education Department. To ensure that responsive plans are generated, implemented and managed to the highest professional standard, consistent with the principles of the Leisure and Communities and Education Departments.

You will have a degree or postgraduate qualification in Library and Information Science and be a Chartered member of CILIP with experience in a library and information environment. You will have excellent communication and organisational skills and be highly motivated with an enthusiasm for working with children.

Additional details and an online application form are available on the Dundee City Council website.

Closing date: 9th April 2010 Added: 23 Mar

New Transfer and Use of Bibliographic Records Resource

JISC Legal is now hosting a new resource on the Transfer and Use of Bibliographic Records: Guidance on Legal Issues. It has been created by Curtis+Cartwright in partnership with Naomi Korn, with funding from JISC. The resource will allow you to clarify and advance your understanding of what you are entitled to do with the bibliographic records which you hold within your institutional library catalogue.

The resource is based around five steps which will take you through the process of conducting a compliance audit. A Sharing and re-using catalogue records in a Web 2.0 world podcast has also been issued as part of the launch. Added: 23 Mar

Bugs and Beasts at Meadowbank Library

Children with snake at Meadowbank Library

Meadowbank Library in Polmont (Falkirk Libraries)hosted an unusual event last week. Gayle from Bugsnbeasts came to do a presentation on "Pets and How to Look After Them". She brought a selection of the creepy crawlies as well as the cute and cuddly pets to tell us how to take care of them.

Children and adults were enthralled and terrified in equal measure as Gayle introduced us to Oscar the Corn Snake, Sally and Sid the Cockroaches, Whisper the Tarantula, Domino the Rat and Roly and Honey, the rabbits.

In preparation for the visit, James, who was at the library for work experience from a local school, set up a display board of photos of the various animals, as well as books on the subject. Librarian Allan Wright was really pleased to see most of the books go out on loan after the event.

Allan said, "This has been a really popular event on a number of counts. All of the free tickets were taken up with a few extra people appearing on the day. We had a packed out session with loads of extra book loans into the bargain".

National Drama Competition: From Page to Stage

Page to Stage Flyer

National Drama and Random House have teamed up to give pupils the chance to win GBP 1000 of books for their school.

Secondary school based drama groups are invited to produce an adaption of a pre-selected scene from Theresa Breslin's new novel Prisoner of the Inquisition.

Video your scene and submit it to the Page to Stage Youtube channel, or send in a DVD of your performance, and your school could win GBP 1000 worth of books and a special event with Theresa.

Full details and stimulus pack are available from Theresa Breslin's website.Added: 17 Mar

Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship 2010

The Scottish Arts Council has invited applications for the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship 2010, which offers writers the opportunity to spend up to six weeks in a self-catering studio in France.

Travel and accommodation are paid for, plus a grant of GBP 300.00 per week is awarded to successful writers for the duration of their stay.

The Fellowship supports up to three writers a year, for a maximum of six weeks in a self-catering studio apartment at the Hôtel Chevillon International Arts Centre at Grez-sur-Loing, on the edge of the Forest of Fontainebleau in France, where Robert Louis Stevenson met his future wife, Fanny Osbourne, in 1876.

The closing date for applications is Fri 9 Apr. Added: 16 Mar

Widening Opportunities with Wireless at East Lothian libraries

Photo of the launch

Following a successful bid to the Public Library Quality Improvement Fund (PLQIF), East Lothian Council Library Service has installed wireless Internet access in all 12 local libraries.

Community Services spokesman, Cllr. Paul McLennan welcomed this initiative at the launch of the service at the award winning Prestonpans Library. He said: “This initiative builds on the access the public have to free Internet facilities in all of our libraries. Customers, visitors and business people will be able to use our libraries as wi-fi hotspots, providing access right across the county. We were delighted to receive this funding from the Public Library Improvement Fund to improve our service to the public.”

The Scottish Government’s Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop said: “Our local libraries can improve services and access to the public whilst offering great value for money. This funding from government allows East Lothian to do exactly that. I welcome the expansion of free digital services which will increase people’s skills and knowledge and help Scotland to become a smarter nation.”

Principal Libraries Officer, Alison Hunter explained, “We ran a pilot wi-fi project in Haddington Library which was hugely successful and demonstrated the demand for wi-fi in our libraries. We received many enquiries from members of the public about expanding wi-fi facilities through our other libraries. The WOW project arose from this and from the self evaluation of our information services to the public.”

The PLQIF is administered by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC), the advisory body to Scottish Ministers on library and information matters. This development will bring greater access to information on the web, including the range of on-line information resources, which the library service provides free to its members. Added: 16 Mar

SFC support for Gaelic dictionary project

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) has offered funding of up to GBP. 225,000 over three years from the FE Skills and Employability budget to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (SMO) to support Faclair na Gàidhlig (Gaelic dictionary project).

The project is a collaboration between SMO (lead) and the universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Strathclyde. The aim of the project is to produce an electronic historical dictionary of Scottish Gaelic. The dictionary will be based on evidence from the language and will be an authoritative record of the language and culture. It will also meet the language needs of the 21st century by providing a baseline resource for smaller bilingual and monolingual dictionaries, a thesaurus and language learning materials.

The project is jointly funded with Bòrd na Gàidhlig who will provide GBP. 75,000 each year for three years. Added: 9 Mar

SLIC invites IDF bids

SLIC is pleased to announce that the 2010 call for Innovation and Development Fund proposals is open. Bids which address the current priorities are invited from member organisations.

In the current economic climate for public services SLIC Board is particularly interested in stimulating bids that encourage:

  • Smarter working and strategies for efficiency –e.g. improving efficiency and effectiveness while giving value for money by streamlining processes, automating activities etc.
  • User driven library services - e.g. deploying Web 2.0 technologies to provide access and create richer user experiences by providing interactive tools and services
  • Shared services and alternative delivery models

Funding will be considered for a range of activities including, research, impact analysis, service development, staff training, creation of new resources for pilot and evaluation of new technology, case studies, preparation of good practice guides or promotion of standards.

Proposals should be submitted by Fri 16 Apr 2010. Added: 9 Mar

Aberdeen pupils debate European politics

Europe Direct Aberdeen hosted their annual School Debate on Tue 23 Feb in the Aberdeen Beach Ballroom. Eight teams from secondary schools in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire demonstrated their debating skills in front of a large audience. The teams were from Aberdeen Grammar School, Hazlehead Academy, Portlethen Academy, St Margaret's School, Mearns Academy, Mackie Academy, Banchory Academy and Robert Gordon's College. The debate was chaired by Professor Trevor Salmon, Director of Teaching and Learning at the University of Aberdeen with Aberdeen's Lord Provost Peter Stephen presenting the trophy to the winners.

Photo of the winners receiving their award

Judges for the day were James Temple-Smithson, Head of the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh, Aberdeen City Councillor Kate Dean, Iain Todd, Renewables Champion at the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, Rev. Bob Brown, Fiona Clark, Library & Information Services Manager at Aberdeen City Libraries and Helen Adair, Children's Services Manager at Aberdeen City Libraries.

The Semi-finals debated the motion "This House believes that voting in the elections to the European Parliament should be compulsory in the UK". Banchory Academy, Hazlehead Academy, St Margaret's School and Mackie Academy progressed to the final debate where the motion "This House believes that the EU needs to promote EU citizenship" was debated. The winning team after much deliberation was announced as Banchory Academy. Added: 8 Mar

Tesco Bank Summer Read launched

The Tesco Bank Summer Read was launched on Sun 7 Mar at Glasgow's Aye Write festival. Glasgow-born Tesco Bank Chief Executive Benny Higgins spoke about the role libraries had played in his own education and encouraged people to try the reading list.

He was joined by authors Karen Campbell, Flora MacDonald, Eleanor Thom, Allan Massie and James Robertson, who read from their books, and representatives from many of Scotlands public library authorities. Online voting starts on Mon 8 Mar at 10.30 via the Herald. Added: 8 Mar

Scottish Literature in the Curriculum

Scottish History has secured a firm place in the new Curriculum for Excellence but what about Scottish literature? To debate the issue, we have a lively team of poets, novelists and scholars. Speakers include: James Robertson, prize winning novelist and publisher of Scots-language books for primary and secondary schoolchildren through the 'Itchy-coo' imprint; Liz Lochhead, Glasgow's Poet Laureate and formerly Writer-in-Residence at Glasgow University and Glasgow School of Art, with extensive experience in reading, writing and working in schools and universities; Douglas Gifford, Emeritus Professor of Scottish Literature with long experience of how Scottish literature has been taught throughout the system; and Alan Riach, Professor of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University and a poet, who has taught in many parts of the world, from New Zealand to Scotland, with comparative experience of how other national literatures are secured in curricula elsewhere.

A wide-ranging discussion about matters vital to the future of Scotland and of interest to teachers, policymakers, writers and all interested in the future of literature teaching in Scotland. This is the first of a proposed annual series. The Andrew Tannahill Debate is supported by Glasgow University's Andrew Tannahill Fund for the Furtherance of Scottish Literature.

The 2010 Andrew Tannahill Debate Monday 8 Mar 2010, 7.30-9.00pm The Mitchell Library, GlasgowAdded: 5 Mar

The 6th East Renfrewshire Council Storytelling Festival

Photo of the Storytelling Festival Launch

East Renfrewshire Council has just launched its sixth Storytelling Festival which will run from the 8th March to the 9th April. The aim of the festival is to celebrate the art of storytelling in all its forms, from the spoken word, through song, dance and theatre.

This year’s festival is another diverse and varied programme of events which will reach all parts of the community. It is designed to remind us all of the value and importance of storytelling, not only as a means of communication, but also as a way to entertain and educate.

The festival will feature storytellers from near and far that have come to share and enjoy a tale or two. Lots of children will be entertained in schools, libraries and nurseries, but there are also plenty of events for adults to attend.

Please download the full programme.Added: 4 Mar

Jackie Stewart opens Dumbarton Children's Library

Photo of Jackie Stewart and West Dunartonshire library staff

West Dunbartonshire Council welcomed Sir Jackie Stewart to Dumbarton Library for the official opening of the new Children’s Library on Wed 3 March. The event was part of Dumbarton Library’s Centenary celebrations.

Sir Jackie said: “The single most important element of Scotland's future is that its children have reading and writing skills beyond what is currently the standard. The opening of the new Children’s Library to attract more children to reading is a very positive move in the right direction by the leadership within the authority of West Dunbartonshire Council."

West Dunbartonshire Council’s Education and Lifelong Learning team was also proud to present An Audience with Sir Jackie Stewart chaired by leading Scottish sports journalist Neil Drysdale at Dumbarton FC. This took place at Dumbarton Football Club on the same day.

Convenor for Education, Councillor May Smillie said: “I am personally thrilled that Sir Jackie, our proud son of the rock, former three times Formula One World Champion will be discussing his life, his career and undoubtedly giving his ever forthright views on the current state of his beloved sport.”

Terry Lanagan, Executive Director for Education, congratulated the Libraries team for delivering both events which are part of the celebrations for Dumbarton Library’s Centenary 1910 – 2010.

Terry said: "Sir Jackie is a renowned raconteur so this will be an evening that will have something for everyone."Added: 4 Mar

Booking open for Trade Exhibitors at the CILIPS 2010 Conference

Preparations are underway for the CILIPS annual conference, to be held 7th - 9th of June 2010 at The Mitchell Library in Glasgow. Bookings are now being accepted for trade exhibitors. This years conference offers a city centre location with excellent transport links and good Wi-fi and networking facilities.

A variety of sponsorship packages are available. Full details of each package are available to download with the booking form.

Please visit the CILIPS conference homepage for more information and a booking form.Added: 2 Mar

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