The new National Librarian
From Monday 30 September, the National Library of Scotland will have a new National Librarian in post.
Mr Martyn Wade has come to the Library from Glasgow City Council, where he had been Head of Libraries, Information and Learning since 1999. During his time there, the public use of libraries increased, due to improved availability of services and information, and the Mitchell Library - one of Europe's best-known reference and research facilities - developed as a 'hybrid library', where traditional services are combined with creative electronic forms of information delivery.
Mr Wade brings to the National Library a wealth of experience of library management and a commitment to quality and wider public access.
A biography and press release, issued when the appointment was announced, are available to view as a PDF file.
26 September 2002
Mont Blanc — the board game
Victorians who enjoyed traveller and showman Albert Smith's 'entertainment' about his ascent of Mont Blanc could also buy the sheet music and play the board game. Such 'Mont mania' merchandise is among the treasures in the Library's mountaineering collections, and highlighted in the latest edition of our newsletter, Quarto.
Smith's journey to and guided ascent of Mont Blanc and his talents as a humorous writer were combined to produce a popular account of his experiences, in the form of a recital with amusing sketches and songs. The show played to appreciative audiences for six years in the 1850s, and encouraged an interest in exploration that was growing at the time. Smith himself invented the parlour game 'The Ascent of Mont Blanc', which illustrated different stages of his journey to the top of the highest peak in the Alps.
19 September 2002