National Library of Scotland Annual Review 2008-2009

Developing the organisation

Staff weighing and moving documents

We're constantly looking at ways that we can make NLS work more effectively and provide good value for money. This year we've had a number of successes in developing our systems, in marketing and public relations, and in partnership working.

Five men sitting in botanic glasshouse

Health and Safety Manager Mike Galloway (centre) with counterparts from other national collecting organisations.

Systems and technology

A new mass digital storage system has been implemented. The system gives us five times more digital storage space, greatly strengthening our ability to deliver digital services to customers. It can hold over four billion pages of text, which we expect will give us enough capacity for the next seven years.

Work to increase efficiency by sharing corporate services has advanced further. We agreed to pool health and safety resources with four other public sector institutions – National Museums Scotland, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, and National Galleries of Scotland. The introduction of shared health and safety software gives us all substantial savings.

Man sorting magazines into piles

A member of staff at the Agency for the Legal Deposit Libraries.

A new Agency for the Legal Deposit Libraries came into place in March 2009. The agency collects and distributes material to NLS and four of the five other legal deposit libraries in the British Isles, and provides much improved security, capacity and claiming processes. It is owned and managed by NLS, and operates out of our Causewayside building.


NLS scooped three awards at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Pride Awards Scotland 2008. We won silver for our publications 'Discover NLS' and the Annual Review 2006-2007, and a gold in the Outstanding In-house PR team category.

The Scottish Screen Archive website won a Web Marketing Association award for 'Outstanding achievement in website development'. More than 2,400 sites from 45 countries were judged across all categories for the competition.

We were also delighted to win the Partnership with a Small Business award at the Arts and Business Scotland Awards. This was given for our work with business writers Henzteeth in sponsoring the NLS artist in residence, Catriona Taylor.

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