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The National Library of Scotland in 2030

A research project recently completed at the National Library of Scotland explores the future of national libraries and the role they could play in 20 years' time. Focusing on small, technologically developed countries, it looks at changing customer behaviours, publishing trends and future developments in digital libraries.

The project report, Thriving or surviving? National Library of Scotland in 2030, is available online. It includes the views of leading library thinkers from around the world on the challenges and opportunities facing national libraries. We welcome all comments on the report: please email them to

Added: 30 Apr

Call for Nominations for the Jodi Awards 2010

We would like to introduce you to The Jodi Awards and invite your support with disseminating the Call for Nominations for this year's Awards. The Jodi Awards are for museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage venues which use technology to widen access to information, collections, learning and creativity for disabled people. They are organised by The Jodi Mattes Trust and our details can be found on the website:

We welcome nominations from all kinds of projects, small and big, local and international, low-tech and hi-tech and for small and large audiences. What counts is the value of the nominated project. Examples of Jodi Awards winners can be found on

We will be putting out the Call for Nominations for the Jodi Awards 2010 during May. We are the only organisation to give such an award and would like to publicize information on the awards to as wide an audience as possible.

If you are aware of any project that might be a suitable candidate for nomination for The Jodi Awards, or if you, or your organization can help with publicizing the Call for Nominations and the Trust itself please get in touch with us by emailing Yvonne Hellin Hobbs.

Added: 30 Apr

Nominate now for the ISG Reference Awards

Since 1970 the ISG Reference Awards have recognised excellence; promoted awareness of outstanding reference books and products; encouraged quality and set industry standards.

Nominations are open for Besterman/McColvin medals in the following categories:

  • Outstanding works of reference in print available and relevant to the library and information sector in the UK.
  • Outstanding works of electronic resource and E-books available and relevant to the library and information sector in the UK.

To be eligible for nomination the title must be relevant to the library and information sector in the UK and published between the 1st January 2008 and 31st December 2009.

Who can nominate? Anyone! Nominations can be made by anyone with an interest in reference and information publishing.

Nominations must be received by 1 Jul 2010.

For a nomination form or more information go to or contact

Added: 27 Apr

2010 Innovation and Development Fund Awards Announced

The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) are pleased to announce Board approval for four proposals submitted under the Innovation and Development Fund (IDF) call. The successful bidders are:

Perth College: Can you Diigo it? (£1950)
A project which aims to create an online collaborative database of resources using the Diigo web 2.0 application.
SCURL: Supporting Resource Sharing Initiatives through the provision of walk-in access (WIA) to e-resources subscribed to by HE Libraries (£8000)
Creation of a good practice toolkit resulting from investigation into technical and operational solutions to enable HE institutions to make e-resources available to external users.
Community and Sport Glasgow: Bibliotherapy – vulnerable groups pilot West Community Health and Care partnership (£10,000)
To pilot positive therapeutic learning and wellbeing support to vulnerable groups using books and storytelling activities.
Napier University: MLibrary – Examining the issues surrounding adoption of mobile technology (£7815)
A research project to investigate student usage of and attitudes towards mobile technologies available to library services.
Added: 26 Apr

Successful launch of debut novel by local writing group member.

Launch of Sue Sue Rullière's novel

Nearly 100 people turned up to toast Sue Rullière’s debut novel, Cinema Blue, which was launched in the Hope Rooms, North Berwick, on Monday 12th April. MC for the evening was former East Lothian Writing Fellow, Drew Campbell, who interviewed both Sue and her publisher, Helen Miles (Solidus), before taking questions from the floor. Topics covered included character development, Surrealism, the Parisian setting, the writing process itself and the role of the publisher. Sue read passages from the book and then signed copies. Rosé was sipped as the sun set over the Forth – a fitting end to an inspiring and most enjoyable evening.

Cinema Blue is an excellent first novel, very powerful with a wonderful use of language, which draws the reader into the intriguing and disturbing story of one woman’s personal journey. In this skilfully crafted novel the secrets of Frankie’s past and the events that haunt her are gradually revealed. Set against the backdrop of Paris the story explores the themes of love, control, obsession and surrealist art. Copies of Sue’s book are available for sale at GBP8.99 from North Berwick Library, Kesley’s Bookshop in Haddington and Edinburgh bookshops. They can also be borrowed from any East Lothian Library.

Sue is a member of Tyne and Esk Writers, an umbrella group for creative writing across East and Midlothian. As a member of the group Sue was the East Lothian Prose winner and the overall winner of the coveted title of Writer of the Year in the County in 2004 for her short story “Hair”. There are six writing groups in East Lothian, supported by East Lothian Libraries.

Added: 16 Apr

LEAN thinking at Aberdeen University

The University of Aberdeen has become one of the first higher education institutes in the country to implement LEAN thinking as one of a package of measures being taken to ensure its library, especially its new GBP 57 million library building, is as efficient and green as possible.

Led by a LEAN Kaizen specialist and performance coach, the programme involved bringing together a team of library staff to look in detail at “the journey of a book’’ from customer request to getting it onto a shelf.

With a library of 1.2million books in print format, an additional 500,000 in electronic format and a staff of 150, the process was seen as ideal for the LEAN Kaizen intervention.

Chris Banks, University Librarian and Director of Library and Historic Collections, said “We are building a stunning library and wanted to look at how we can work as efficiently within it as possible...There are nine floors and we felt that there was no point in people and books going up and down in lifts as they go through processing when they do not need to. So as part of the planning process for the new building we have moved offices around and have taken other steps, including our LEAN Kaizen project, to minimise book miles. Reducing lift journeys, etc, is reducing our carbon footprint even more in what is a very environmentally friendly building.’’

End results included staff savings across different departments of close to 150 hours per week which they could now use to improve services to students and staff, for example. In addition, cashable savings of around £7,500 or 200 books per year were identified.

Aberdeen University’s iconic new library will provide facilities for the institution’s 14,000 student community, replacing the existing library built when the University had only 5,000 students on campus. The new library will also be a showcase for a 200,000 strong collection of historic books and over 4,000 manuscript and archival collections. Building work is underway and it is scheduled to open to students, local communities and other visitors in autumn 2011.

A flythrough of the new library site is available on the University website.

Added: 19 Apr

Loch Leven Community Campus opens

Photo of Alex Salmond at opening of Loch Leven Campus

First Minister Alex Salmond MSP opened Perth and Kinross's Loch Leven Community Campus at Kinross on Tue 23 March.

The council's GBP 136 million Investment in Learning programme has seen the development of six new campuses with community facilities, including two new primary school libraries and four joint school and public library facilities.

Other learning and leisure facilities vary depending on the campus, but include arts/music/drama rooms, sports facilities, swimming pool, lecture theatres, conference rooms, and the Kinross Museum. Added: 19 Apr

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