10-year-old designer wins card competition
A school pupil from East Lothian is the designer of this year's National Library of Scotland official Christmas card. At a prize-giving ceremony this month, 10-year-old Fraser Meikle from Stenton Primary School was announced as overall winner in the Library's first Christmas Card Competition. Fraser produced what the judges considered to be an outstanding design from among 500 entries sent in by under-16s all over Scotland.
Each entry was to be based on an idea from our digitised collections - in the online Digital gallery. The winning design was described as 'simple, yet stunning' by Professor Michael Anderson, Chairman of the Library's Board of Trustees and also one of the competition's judges.
Fraser's card, together with 24 highly commended entries, is on display at the Library until mid-January. Read more in our press release.
22 December 2004
Annual Review now online
Details of developments and activities at National Library of Scotland during the year 2003-2004 are published in the annual review document recently added to the website.
The review highlights additions to our world-class collections, and outlines the Library's new strategy and digitisation plans for the future. Also featured is information about the Library's programme of public events, including exhibitions, talks and tours, together with some of our major partnership projects.
In the past the review was known as the 'annual report', but this now refers to the Library's full audited accounts, which are published separately. The print version of the full-colour review is available at the Library or by writing to: Marketing Services, National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW.
22 December 2004
Saltire book awards announced
Winners of the most prestigious literary prizes in Scotland were announced on 30 November in a ceremony at the National Library of Scotland. Respected by writers and public alike, the Saltire Society presents four annual Scottish Book awards, one of which is supported by the Library. The four winning books in 2004 are:
- In Another Light, by Andrew Greig
- Saltire Society/Faculty of Advocates Scottish Book of the Year
- Stargazing: Memoirs of a Young Lighthouse Keeper, by
- Saltire Society/Royal Mail Group First Book of the Year
- The Last of England?, by Randall Stevenson, and
Maritime Enterprise and Empire: Sir William MacKinnon and his
Business Network, 1823-1893, by J Forbes Munro
- joint winners of the Saltire Society/National Library of Scotland Research Book of the Year
- Adventurers & Exiles: The Great Scottish Exodus,
by Marjory Harper
- Saltire Society Award for the Scottish History Book of the Year
For 'Book of the Year', Andrew Greig had strong competition: Muriel Spark, A L Kennedy, and James Kelman - all previous Saltire winners - were among those in the running.
The Research Book award, supported by the National Library, was established in 1998 to recognise a significant body of research which offers new insight or dimension to a subject and shows knowledge and understanding of Scotland and the Scots. For more on the awards, see the Saltire Society's website.
3 December 2004
Discover Burns in Scotland
A series of resources unveiled at the National Library of Scotland this week brings together for the first time information about significant Scottish collections of material relating to Robert Burns.
'Discover Scotland' is the result of a collaborative project involving museums, galleries, libraries — including the NLS — and other organisations aimed at improving access to and care of Burns collections across the country. The Distributed National Burns Collection project has collated details of the 'National Burns Collection' — more than 40,000 objects associated with Scotland's most famous poet which are housed in around 40 historic venues, from Dumfries and Galloway to Fife. A guidebook, leaflet and teachers' pack have been produced, and on the National Burns Collection website visitors can and find out about the collections and even take virtual tours of some venues on the Burns trail.
Guests at the launch on 30 November, who included representatives of the project's partners and the Scottish Executive, enjoyed performances of Burns songs by a choir from Balgreen Primary School in Edinburgh.
3 December 2004
Remote access to essential modern map information
The second phase of the National Library of Scotland's pilot of new web-mapping projects has been introduced to our website, with the addition of 45,000 records for Ordnance Survey National Grid paper maps for Scotland, 1944-1991. Although the OS maps themselves are not viewable, the application allows web users to identify which maps are available for any location in Scotland from that period, and provides the map sheet details useful for consulting the maps in the Library or elsewhere. As well of being of general interest, this information is particularly useful for lawyers, archaeologists and site consultants.
Web-mapping allows users to access selected 'geo-referenced' material from our collections via a dynamic map of Scotland. Our pilot scheme was initiated earlier in the year when we introduced the search application for bathymetrical charts of Scottish freshwater lochs. Find out more about our web-mapping trial at http://geo.nls.uk. User feedback on these search interfaces will help further developments.
3 December 2004