Green light for Scottish sound archive development

The Scottish Government will provide financial support for the National Library of Scotland to pilot a national sound archive.

First Minister Alex Salmond today announced that the Library is to receive £100,000 for sound archiving development.

NLS will work on the archive pilot with a Skye-based digitisation project. Since 2006, 'Tobar an Dualchais' has digitised, catalogued and made available online over 11,500 sound recordings from all over Scotland. Some recordings date back to the 1930s, while the most recent were recorded in 2000.

Martyn Wade, National Librarian and Chief Executive of NLS, said of the funding announcement:

'The National Library welcomes this support from the Scottish Government and looks forward to working with Tobar an Dualchais to pilot a national sound archive for Scotland. The Library's work already includes the popular Scottish Screen Archive collections and therefore we are excited at the opportunity to expand the national collections to cover sound as well.'

Iomradh bho Martyn Wade



Read more in the Scottish Government's media release.

23 July 2012

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