Research Libraries UK event

NLS joins UK counterparts to strive for excellence

The National Library of Scotland is currently co-hosting an event which aims to help the UK create the 'best research library support in the world'.

Scotland's largest library, along with the University of Edinburgh, is hosting the 2010 Research Libraries UK (RLUK) conference which is currently taking place in Edinburgh.

RLUK aims to shape and realise the vision of the 'modern research library' by encouraging collaboration, promoting best practice and ensuring the richness of the UK's collections can be exploited by researchers to their full potential.

The conference will see RLUK's members - leading research libraries from across the United Kingdom - coming together to share their knowledge and expertise.

Martyn Wade, CEO of the National Library of Scotland, said: 'I believe we have risen to the challenge of becoming a truly modern research facility. In recent months we have made vast amounts of additional digitised material available online and have even created an iPhone / iTouch app, allowing a whole new audience to gain access to our prestigious John Murray Archive.

'It is important that organisations such as ours continually strive for excellence, and events such as this week's RLUK Conference help us to share our knowledge with other research libraries and further improve our offering.'

This year's conference is based on the theme of innovation in a time of financial change, and features an impressive programme of presentations and panel sessions, with Martyn Wade chairing one of the opening events. The conference also marks the beginning of a two-year mentoring programme aimed at encouraging networking within its member organisations.

The National Library of Scotland will hold a drinks reception this evening (Wednesday) to welcome delegates, many of whom will also have the opportunity to take an exclusive tour of its George IV Bridge building in Edinburgh.

The conference takes place at the Radisson Hotel on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, until Friday.

10 November 2010

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