Visit us on World Book Day
The first Atlas of Scotland - a volume published by Dutchman Joan Blaeu in 1654 - will be out on show for World Book Day at the National Library of Scotland on March 4. Rarely on open display for conservation reasons, this Atlas contains textual material, recently translated for the Library from the original Latin, which provides a detailed and valuable depiction of life in 17th-century Scotland. Map Collections staff will be on hand from 10.00 to 16.00 to discuss the Blaeu Atlas and to help visitors explore the wealth of digitised maps (including the Atlas) on the Library's website.
As part of our activities for the day, guided tours of our George IV Bridge Building will take place frequently between 10.00 and 16.30, giving visitors a chance to see parts of the building seldom accessible to the public. Tours are free, and each will last around 30-45 minutes. (There are a lot of stairs in our building, so if you would like to visit and you have impaired mobility, please contact us to discuss beforehand: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0131-622 4807.)
World Book Day is an annual global celebration of books and reading, with events this year in the UK and Ireland ranging from exhibitions and book fairs to competitions and parties.
Although encouraging children to read is the principal aim, participating organisations are also promoting books and reading 'for the personal achievement of all'. Full details are at www.worldbookday.com/
|WBD 2004 illustration by Axel Scheffler|
26 February 2004
Belgian bookbinding designer wins award
A bookbinder from Belgium has won the 2003 Elizabeth Soutar Bookbinding Award at the National Library of Scotland. Jan Camps's binding for La Galata is described by one of the judges as showing 'magnificent workmanship and impressive design features', and will take its place in our growing collection of modern bindings. The award is given in recognition of the most original and creative use of skills applied in craft binding, and has been organised annually since 1993. A strong field of 15 entries for the latest competition was drawn from Scotland and mainland Europe. The student prize went to Berdien Van Lieshout from the Netherlands, while Victoria Roberts (Scotland) and Suzanne Natterer (Germany) were commended in the main category.
Presentations were made at a ceremony on Wednesday 18 February, and all the entries (which can be seen online) will be on display in the Library during March.
19 February 2004
Increase for women's letters and diaries resource
One of the biggest electronic resources available in the National Library of Scotland is the latest issue of a database that has grown to nearly three times its original size in the course of the past year.
British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries now consists of 60,000 pages of views, experiences and anecdotes recorded by women from all walks of life in a 400-year period up to 1900. Whether chronicling major events or giving a picture of daily living, the 430 authors present personal perspectives from a wide range of backgrounds, some of them offering opinions on times of social or political change. Jane Austen, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Mary Shelley, and Queen Victoria are among famous women featured, and the fully searchable resource includes thousands of manuscripts which have been published for the first time. The database, published by Alexander Street Press, can be accessed through our Electronic Resources Network in the George IV Bridge Building.
19 February 2004
Full access to ScienceDirect continues
Reader access to the complete range of titles in the world's largest scientific, technical and medical database will be maintained this year as a result of an agreement between the National Library of Scotland and international publisher Elsevier.
The database, 'ScienceDirect', makes full-text articles available online for many of its 1,800 titles, covering all scientific disciplines and some social science and humanities subjects. Originally, access to all titles was to be for 2003 only, with a selected number retained on subscription from this year onwards.
Registered readers can now continue to use 'ScienceDirect' via the Electronic Resources Network in our George IV Bridge Building.
12 February 2004
New to the Electronic Resources Network
Business researchers are set to benefit from the National Library of Scotland's subscription to two new web-based databases, available through our Electronic Resources Network. Datamonitor Business Information Center reports on more than 2,000 industries worldwide, and profiles the top 10,000 companies. Reuters Business Intelligence Briefing, its sister product, provides more in-depth reports on over 400 industries on an international level, with particular emphasis on finance, technology, healthcare, consumer goods, and energy. The Electronic Resources Network is accessed via dedicated workstations in our George IV Bridge Building. More about our business resources and services is on our Business Collections page.
12 February 2004