National Library announces retirement of Martyn Wade as National Librarian and Chief Executive

After 11 successful years, Martyn Wade is to retire from his post as National Librarian and Chief Executive of the National Library of Scotland (NLS).

Mr Wade joined NLS, one of Scotland's premier cultural institutions, in 2002 and led a significant period of innovation that widened public access to its world class collections.

Mr Wade's tenure has seen many significant developments at NLS. Highlights of his period in post include the acquisition of world renowned John Murray Archive in 2006, the opening of a public visitor centre in 2009 and of a special collections reading room in 2012, all sited in the Library's flagship building on George IV Bridge in  Edinburgh. He also led the merger of the Scottish Screen Archive (SSA) with NLS, contributed to the current plans to find the SSA a permanent home in the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow and is currently leading the development of an innovative ne w National Sound Archive for Scotland.

Online access was expanded in 2010 when over a million resources previously only available by a visit to NLS in Edinburgh were made available at the click of a button for people all over Scotland. Mr Wade also played a key part in the introduction of e-legal deposit, which enabled NLS and the five other legal deposit libraries to begin collecting and storing websites and born-digital material in the same way that printed material has been collected for centuries.

Mr Wade said: 'After 11 years, I feel the time is right to move on and I'm very proud to have been part of the organisation during such a period of development and innovation.'

The Chair of the Library's Board, James Boyle, said: 'Widening access to the public has been the cornerstone of Martyn Wade's contribution to NLS. Martyn has ensured that many more people use the collections in person or online, attend events, or simply visit the Library to enjoy exhibitions and use the cafe and shop. Under his leadership, the Library has taken major steps forward and we thank him for all that he has achieved.'

Before joining NLS, Mr Wade was Head of Library, Information and Learning at Glasgow City Council, the largest public library and information service in Scotland. He is active in the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) where he chairs a committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression. He has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals since 1976; in 2010 he was appointed as a Fellow of the Department of Information Studies at Aberystwyth University, and in 2011 as Honorary Professor at Robert Gordon University's Department of Information Management, in recognition of his contribution to the leadership of library and information services in Scotland.

Mr Wade retires at the end of March 2014.


11 December 2013

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