Burns celebrations mark partnership in Aberdeen
A day of events in Aberdeen today celebrating the life and work of Robert Burns marks the official launch of a new libraries' partnership.
The National Library of Scotland and Aberdeen Library and Information Services have established the partnership to increase public access to resources held in Edinburgh and Aberdeen respectively. It will also enable both libraries to work together in areas such as exhibitions, education and outreach, and the digitisation of material from their collections.
Robert Burns visited Aberdeen in 1787, during a tour of Scotland. A range of performers from local ethnic groups will interpret Burns's work in their own traditions during a 'World Burns Night' event this evening, organised by NLS and Multi Ethnic Aberdeen.
You can read more about the launch in our press release.
This is the second such partnership to be officially launched since November.
25 January 2006
General welcome for Cultural Commission response
The National Library of Scotland has generally welcomed the Scottish Culture Minister's response to the recommendations of the Cultural Commission last year.
Presenting her report to the Scottish Parliament on 19 January, Patricia Ferguson made several announcements which affect the Library. Included were:
- The merger of Scottish Screen Archive with NLS
- Continued direct funding of the national collections bodies (such as NLS) by the Scottish Executive
- A national project to promote the digitisation of Scotland's culture
In her report, entitled 'Scotland's Culture', the Minister has identified Scotland's national collections as 'centres of excellence'. Currently the national collections are NLS, the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Museums of Scotland, although this list will now expand. As part of the Scottish Executive's cultural rights agenda, these bodies are expected to provide assistance and advice to other museums and libraries where appropriate.
The NLS response to the Minister's announcement is available to read online.
25 January 2006
Belgian entrant wins bookbinding competition
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Julia van Mechelen from Belgium is the overall winner in the National Library of Scotland's annual international bookbinding competition for 2005.
One of the book industry's most prestigious design events, the Elizabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition is in its 13th year, and attracts entries from across the UK and Europe. It aims to encourage originality and creativity in craft binding, as well as helping to advance the practice and development of craft binding skills.
Described by the judges as 'outstanding', the winning entry is a goatskin binding of Over Boeken, and displays a very high standard of craftsmanship and design.
Clara Schmidt from Germany is the student winner, while another German entrant, Andrea Odametey, received a commendation.
16 January 2006
Celebrating 50 years of George IV Bridge
On 4 July this year, the National Library of Scotland's building on George IV Bridge in Edinburgh reaches its golden jubilee. As a way of marking the anniversary, every week for 50 weeks we are highlighting on our website an item representing a particular year of collecting.
Online today in George IV Bridge - celebrating 50 years is the first highlight - a rare quarto edition of William Shakespeare's Henry IV, part 2. The Library acquired this in 1956, the year our George IV Bridge Building was officially opened by the Queen.
Architect Reginald Fairlie's National Library building took almost 20 years to complete. Work began in 1938, but was interrupted by the Second World War. Along the front façade are seven sculpted figures, representing 'The Arts of Civilisation', designed by Hew Lorimer.
For more background on the building, see our brief history page.
10 January 2006