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Computer Services Librarian vacancy

East Lothian Library Service seeks a library information professional with a high level of ICT skills and experience in the administration of library management systems to provide, maintain and develop the LMS and electronic services for East Lothian Library Services, providing support to public and secondary school libraries and managing the mobile library team.

Full details are available on MyJobScotland.

Added: 22 Sep

A wee blether in libraries

Tam Baillie with a group of children

Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, Tam Baillie would like children between the ages of two and five to have the opportunity to have their very own creative ‘conversation’ with him using their own forms of expression. This lively creative conversation, which runs from 12 September – 31 October 2011, is called A RIGHT Wee Blether.

A RIGHT wee blether creates a space for those who work within early years contexts, parents, and carers to have a conversation with their children or the children that they work with by facilitating their creation of ‘A Wee Book About Me’.

To capture as much information as possible, adults are also sent ‘Our Wee Story Book’. This is where adults working with children or parents and carers can record more detail about the conversations that took place whilst the children were working on their Wee Book.

It is a chance for young children to inform the Commissioner’s work, to celebrate the variety and diversity of the ways in which children might choose to participate and to encourage their active engagement and involvement.

The Commissioner’s office will provide the wee books and other supportive materials.

Added: 15 Sep

Iconic new University library opens its doors

An iconic new building for Aberdeen opened its doors to the public for the first on Monday 12 September. The new University of Aberdeen library is designed to provide a 21st century learning and research environment for students, University staff, visitors and the public.

Conceived by Danish architects schmidt hammer lassen as a cube evoking the ice and light of the north, the new library building has a sharp, modern design, and a striking interior of sweeping contours around an asymmetrical atrium which rises diagonally from the ground floor through seven floors above, giving spectacular views of the Granite City and the North Sea.

Construction by main contractor Pihl UK began in September 2009 and was completed this summer, following which library staff have undertaken a massive operation to move the University’s book collection from the Queen Mother Library into the adjacent new building.

The library provides an advanced learning environment in which the latest learning technology adds value to a magnificent collection of over one million books. In addition, adaptable spaces provide flexibility for individual study, group-working, seminars and meetings.

The GBP 57 million project is the largest capital fundraising project yet undertaken by the University, receiving generous support from alumni and private donors around the world, from companies in many sectors of business, and from charitable trusts local and national.

Professor Ian Diamond, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, said: “The opening of the new library marks a new era at the University, providing an unrivalled learning environment for our students and staff, and one we are delighted to share with the communities of our region.

“This is an outstanding facility of which we can all be very proud. It will serve the needs and ambitions of our University, City and region for many decades to come.”

The new library has also been designed with the environment in mind. Rated as Excellent in the world’s leading ratings system BREEAM, the new building will maximise energy efficiency and provide the highest standards in sustainability, disabled access, acoustics, material choices, safety and security.

The next phase in the project will be the move, beginning in October, of the University’s distinguished collections of rare historic manuscripts, books and archives, into the environmentally-controlled conditions of the lower floors in the new library. For the first time, these treasures will be widely accessible for research and learning, and a programme of exhibitions, educational and cultural events will begin next year.

Chris Banks, University Librarian and Director of Library, Special Collections and Museums said: “Our new library has created a stunning environment which accommodates new styles of learning, enables research and collaborations, and allows us to engage with all of our communities through exhibitions, public events, seminars, school groups, professional visits and much more. I am enormously proud of all those colleagues across the whole University who have worked tirelessly to bring the project to fruition.”

Added: 13 Sep

The Big Listen Open Day coming up at Auchterarder Library

A special event at Auchterarder Library next weekend will give residents the chance to find out how the library works and give their views on the service it provides.

Between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 17 September 2011, as part of Perth & Kinross Council's The Big Listen consultation event on cultural services locally, the library will offer a variety of activities and information for all ages.

On offer at the open day will be individual computer tuition sessions, tours of the library, details of how to set up a book group and the Books on Wheels service and advice on using your mobile phone. In addition there will be children's events with a Bookbug Rhymetime session for babies and very young children from 10.30am to 11am and storytime for three to five year olds between 2pm and 2.30pm.

For further information, please contact Auchterarder Library on 01764 661435 or email

You can also take part in The Big Listen by completing the online questionnaire.

Added: 13 Sep

Lord Provost launches Aberdeen City Libraries online digital archive

Library Staff 1892

Aberdeen Lord Provost Peter Stephen launched the city’s new online home for thousands of historic photographs and records at the Central Library on Saturday 10 September, coinciding with Doors Open Day.

The Silver City Vault makes the Aberdeen Local Studies archive available free to remote users for the very first time and was created with the help of funding from the Scottish Government’s Public Library Quality Improvement Fund.

Online visitors can trace ancestors or browse photographs, many of which are by the renowned photographer George Washington Wilson. Currently there are over one thousand images of the city, from trams on Union Street and horse drawn carriages on the Castlegate and the library has ambitious plans to add to the collection, which represents the tip of the iceberg of the library’s holdings.

Over 40,000 index records for events like marriage notices and obituaries are available through the website as well as 10,000 articles from local journals. This, together with 30,000 personal names in the Local Studies Combined Index, provides a rich resource for family and local historians in the North East of Scotland. There are plans to develop further content with community groups and build specialised learning resources for schools, colleges and communities.

Education, Culture and Sport convener Councillor John West said: "The Silver City Vault is a treasure trove of archive material which will fascinate every Aberdonian and anyone who has a connection with the city. The archive is a remarkable educational resource and a real pleasure to browse through. I am sure visitors to the website will spend many hours studying the thousands of images and record of the city’s history."

Added: 12 Sep

ACLIP achieves Scottish recognition

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals is delighted to announce that its professional award for para professionals (ACLIP) has been credit rated against the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

SCQF credit rated awards are described in terms of their level and their credit value. For ACLIP this is 20 credit points at Level 8, which is equivalent to a Diploma of Higher Education, Higher National Diploma or N/SVQ 4. In addition, the credit points may be used by course providers to assess prior learning and to determine how much of the ACLIP credit can be transferred to a new course which will encourage greater engagement with CILIP Framework of Qualifications.

All CILIP’s professional qualifications are now credit rated by various awarding bodies and all members have the opportunity to benefit from the added value that credit rating brings.

Colleagues from CILIP’s Qualifications and Professional Development Department and CILIPS worked together to achieve this recognition.

Marion Huckle, CILIP’s Head of Qualifications and Professional Development welcomed the award saying, “It is vital that CILIP members’ qualifications are recognised across the sector and can be transferred by individuals throughout their careers. SCQF credit rating will give members and employers a much clearer understanding of the value that a qualified practitioner brings to the workplace.”

Elaine Fulton, Director of CILIP in Scotland said “CILIPS is pleased that our funding contribution to this work has resulted in such a positive outcome for members. CILIPS is committed to supporting all our members and providing them with appropriate CPD opportunities to support their professional development.”

For more information on CILIP’s credit rated awards visit the CILIP website or, for more information on the SCQF and credit rating, visit the SAQ website


Added: 9 Sep

Opportunities to contribute to the work of GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC Scotland) will, in April 2012, become the world’s first independent self-regulating professional body for teaching. This statutory change represents an exciting new chapter for us and opens up opportunities to become more involved in what we do.

We are looking for talented individuals with the experience and skills to join our:

  • Council - Lay Members
  • Adjudicating Panels - Registered Teacher and Lay Members
  • Independent Appeals Board - Registered Teacher and Lay Members

We are keen to attract applications from registered teachers and also from lay individuals with an interest in the Scottish education system who can bring their own ideas, expertise and talent to our work as a professional body.

This will provide a unique opportunity to influence the direction of the new, independent Council and contribute to the work of its Adjudicating Panels and Appeals Board. It will also offer an excellent opportunity to gain a wider understanding and experience of the work which GTC Scotland and other regulatory bodies do.

Further information about GTC Scotland and the positions available can be obtained from our website or by contacting Lisa Dobie, Council Administrator (E-mail:

People with the relevant skills and qualities are encouraged to apply to serve on our Council, Adjudicating Panels and Appeals Board (by the closing date of Friday 30 September 2011) and make a real and meaningful contribution to our organisation as we go forward.

Added: 9 Sep

100th Learner at Lossiemouth

Vicky Jamieson

A 90-year-old woman has become the 100th person to complete a computer course at Lossiemouth library.

Vicky Jamieson was presented with a certificate by Councillor Eric McGillivray, chairman of Moray Council’s communities committee, to mark her achievement.

Mrs Jamieson now plans to put her new-found computer skills to good use in her role as secretary of the local Alzheimer’s Scotland group.

The course, delivered by library staff, has helped furnish people of all ages with essential IT skills from finding their way around a keyboard to accessing the internet and sending e-mails.

Mrs Jamieson, of Stotfield Road, Lossiemouth, is a former assistant at Lossiemouth library..... in the days long before PCs became a part of everyday life.

Added: 9 Sep

Learn about the travelling life from Jess Smith

Well-known Perthshire author and singer Jess Smith is coming to the Royal Hotel in Blairgowrie on Friday 16th September 2011 to give a talk as part of the Blairgowrie & East Perthshire Walking Festival.

Coming from a Traveller family, Jess is very familiar with the Scottish countryside, its traditions and tales. This forms a backdrop to her autobiographical trilogy of Scottish best sellers - Jessie’s Journey, Tales from the Tent and Tears for a Tinker - which provide a memorable account of a way of life that has all but vanished.

Jess has also written a novel, Bruar’s Rest and a collection of Scottish Traveller tales, Sookin’ Berries. As well as talking about her life and writing, Jess may also sing some traditional songs, learnt around the campfire during her childhood on the road.

The talk, run by Blairgowrie Library and supported by the Scottish Book Trust, will begin at 8pm on Friday 16th September in the town's Royal Hotel.

Tickets for the event are priced £4 and can be obtained from Blairgowrie Library, Leslie Street, Blairgowrie. For more information telephone 01250 872905 or email

Added: 9 Sep

Jodi Awards deadline this month

The deadline for nominations for the UK and the International Jodi Awards for accessible digital culture is Wednesday 21 September.

The Awards are for museums, libraries, archives and heritage sites, as well as disability organisations. They are for best use of technology to widen access to information, collections and learning for disabled people.

The UK Awards are for projects online and onsite. They will be presented on 1 December at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.

The International Awards (for all countries, except the UK) are for best website. They will be given on 8 December at the International DISH (Digital Strategies for Heritage) conference in Rotterdam.

More information and nomination forms from the Jodi website.

Added: 8 Sep

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