A world of wonders from Denmark
Trend-setting talent that has helped bring Danish children's literature to international attention in the past 10 years will be evident at a colourful exhibition which opens this month in Edinburgh.
At 'A World of Wonders' in the National Library of Scotland, the work of some of Denmark's outstanding illustrators and writers will be on display, revealing why it is that children's books are being created there and appreciated at home and overseas as never before.
Produced by the Danish Language Center in Copenhagen, the exhibition incorporates interactive features, including listening stations with storytelling — combining elements which will engage children as well as adults.
A series of interactive events has been organised by the Library, led by three of those who are represented in the exhibition: illustrators Lilian Brogger and Dorte Karrebaek will run workshops, and children's author Lene Kaaberbol, who won the 2002 Disney Writer of the Year Award, will give readings.
'A World of Wonders' has been brought to the Library in association with the Danish Cultural Institute, and is open from Monday 17 November to Thursday 10 December.
14 November 2003
No seats left for McCall Smith entertainment
It is a measure of the popularity of the Edinburgh-based author and his fiction that all tickets for An Evening of Entertainment with Alexander McCall Smith at the National Library of Scotland were snapped up within days of being available. Those fortunate ticket-holders at our event on Thursday 27 November will be introduced to Professor McCall Smith's latest series, The von Igelfeld Novels, and will hear him discuss recent developments in Botswana involving Mma Ramotswe, lady detective. The Full Cupboard of Life, the fifth book about the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, won the writer the Saga Award for Wit, this year's new literary prize in the UK for a work of fiction or non-fiction by an author aged 50 or over.
|Photo by Graham Clark|
14 November 2003
Legal Deposit Libraries Act
Royal Assent has been given to the Private Member's Bill aimed at ensuring that electronic and other non-print materials can be preserved as part of the United Kingdom's published archive.
The new Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003 allows the six legal deposit libraries in the UK - including the National Library of Scotland - to set up an arrangement for collecting and storing publications like electronic journals, CD-ROMs, DVDs and websites. Previous legal deposit legislation, passed in 1911, did not cover non-print formats, and such material was collected under a voluntary arrangement with publishers - or was lost altogether. From this point, the libraries' and publishers' representatives will work together to formulate a way of implementing the Act that is both efficient and effective.
National Librarian Martyn Wade is delighted at the historic change in the legislation. 'This now secures for future generations this ever-increasing element of non-print published information,' he said. The Library's Director of Collection Development, Cate Newton, stressed that the Library will be making every effort to collect 'e-material' relevant to the recorded knowledge and heritage of Scotland. For fuller information, and background to the Act, see our press release.
6 November 2003