Have your say on the Gaelic Language Plan
The National Library of Scotland is looking for responses from individuals and organisations to its draft Gaelic Language Plan.
Developed in line with the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005, the plan outlines the Library's commitment to the sustainability of Gaelic.
It demonstrates how NLS will build on its history of collecting, preserving and promoting its unique Gaelic collections. The plan also highlights how the Library will ensure continuing access for those who want to use its historic and contemporary Gaelic material.
Responses to the plan should reach Paul Hambelton at NLS by 8 July: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details, along with a postal address for responses, see the draft Gaelic Language Plan press release.
NLS will formally submit its plan to Bòrd na Gàidhlig at the end of July.
30 May 2011
UK Memory of the World status for Murray Archive
The John Murray Archive at the National Library of Scotland has been added to the UK Memory of the World Register.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) established the register in 2010 to highlight some of the UK's lesser-known items of historical interest. It focuses on archive, library items and collections of outstanding universal value, with a remit to promote their merits.
Containing over 250,000 items, the John Murray Archive covers more than 200 years of John Murray publishing. There are letters, manuscripts and business records from over 16,000 people, including some of the greatest writers, politicians, explorers and scientists of their time.
Martyn Wade, National Librarian and Chief Executive at NLS, said: 'To have been included in the register last year was thrilling. To have been included again so soon is recognition of depth and quality of our archives here in Edinburgh.'
From the archive: NLS in UK Memory of the World register, 2010
26 May 2011
Prestigious residency for poetry pamphlet award winner
A St Andrews-based poet will take up residency at the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece this summer.
Anna Crowe will be the Michael Marks Poet in Residence at the prestigious Harvard Center for two weeks in July. The residency is a new prize this year for the poet of the winning pamphlet in the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award.
'Figure in Landscape' won from a shortlist of six pamphlets, with publisher Hamish Whyte of Mariscat Press accepting a cheque for £750. The publisher also holds the Callum Macdonald Quaich for 12 months.
Runner up JoAnne McKay was awarded a cheque for £250 for her self-published pamphlet 'Venti'.
26 May 2011