Honour for National Librarian

National Librarian appointed honorary professor at RGU

Martyn Wade, the National Librarian and Chief Executive of the National Library of Scotland (NLS), has been appointed an Honorary Professor at Robert Gordon University's Department of Information Management.

As National Librarian, Professor Wade has overseen the reinvention of NLS as a focal point for Scotland's cultural identity. He played a pivotal role in the purchase of the John Murray Archive, one of the world's most significant literary and cultural archives from the past 250 years, and the development of a new and innovative visitor centre to improve accessibility to the Library and its collections.

Professor Wade started his career in Northumberland libraries where he worked from 1973-1976. He held a variety of posts in England before moving north in 1999 when he was appointed Head of Libraries and Archives in Glasgow, before moving to the National Library of Scotland in September 2002.

During his career, Professor Wade has had wide experience of public sector management and leadership and has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the library profession. He serves on a wide variety of public bodies and committees and has particular involvement in many aspects of the creative industries, including the Edinburgh World City of Literature Trust and the Scottish Poetry Library.

Professor Peter Reid, Head of the Department of Information Management at Robert Gordon University, said: 'We are delighted to have Martyn as one of the Department's honorary professors. This appointment recognises the enormous contribution which he has made in the leadership of library and information services in Scotland.'

Professor Wade commented: 'It is a wonderful honour to be appointed an Honorary Professor at Robert Gordon University. The Department of Information Management is very highly regarded and I am looking forward to working with colleagues there in the future.'

The Department of Information Management has a strong reputation in both teaching and research in library and information management disciplines. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, it rated as the top performing department in Scotland in the field.

10 March 2011

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