New findings on users' views
Independent research carried out last year has revealed that users of the National Library of Scotland appreciate the Library's role in collecting and preserving Scottish material and have 'an emotional as well as a transactional bond' with the organisation. In contrast, people who have not used the Library are put off doing so by their perceptions of 'inaccessibility, elitism and aloofness'.
These are among the findings of the research, which involved four target groups and looked at areas such as delivery of services, communication, and the digitisation of material from the collections. The results will be used to guide the Library on how future strategies might be developed. A summary of the research can be read online: see Stakeholder Research page for more.
29 January 2004
Annual awards are under way
Two of the Library's annual awards are now open to competitors. Writers who are Scottish or based in Scotland are invited to apply for the Robert Louis Stevenson Award, which funds a two-month residency in France at the Hotel Chevillon - an international arts centre at Grez-sur-Loing - allowing them to develop their work away from their usual environment. The award was initiated in 1994 by a Stevenson enthusiast as a continuing memorial to the writer.
Publishers of poetry pamphlets who are of Scottish origin, live in Scotland, or have an involvement with Scottish culture are eligible for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award. This prize is given in recognition of publishing skill, and promotes the publishing of poetry in pamphlet form. Competition entries may find their way into the Library's collections.
Application forms and further details are available on our Awards page.
29 January 2004
Descriptions of Scotland newly translated
A new feature in the Maps section of the National Library of Scotland's website now makes is possible for remote users to have access for the first time to descriptions of Scotland published 350 years ago. Newly translated from Latin, these descriptions of the country and her regions come from a volume of the Atlas novus produced in 1654 by Joan Blaeu - Scotland's first atlas. Images of Blaeu's maps were already among our online collection, and have been reunited with the descriptions as a result of the translation project. The English texts are fully searchable, and, like the maps, the original Latin pages are available as zoomable images. View the Blaeu texts, scroll through the Atlas and find out more at maps.nls.uk
21 January 2004
Captain Corelli's creator at StAnza launch
Mention the name Louis de Bernières and most people will think of his acclaimed novel based in wartime Greece. It is not a widely known fact, however, that the English author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin is also a writer of poetry. The influence this medium has had on him will be the theme of de Bernières' talk as guest speaker at the launch next week of this year's programme for Scotland's annual poetry festival, StAnza.
Hosted by the National Library of Scotland, the event on 21 January (7.30pm) also features a talk from StAnza's Director, Brian Johnstone, and the reading of a selection of poems from StAnza 2004 participants by Artistic Director Anna Crowe. Tickets are free and can be booked by phone (0131-622 4807) and E-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or picked up at the Library shop. StAnza takes place in St Andrews from 18 to 21 March: further details are at www.stanzapoetry.org
16 January 2004
New to the Electronic Resources Network
Responses are being sought from our registered readers to an online resource presently on trial in the Library. Available through the Electronic Resources Network in the General Reading Room, the Victorian Database Online is a large bibliographical database listing editions, books, dissertations and articles published between 1945 and 2003 in more than 500 journals. Subjects covered are painting, architecture, music, philosophy, religion, politics, commerce, economy, sociology, women's studies, law, education, science, technology, medicine and literature during the period 1830-1914. The trial runs until 22 February.
Also recently added to the ERN were full-text versions of the Daily Record and Sunday Mail newspaper editions from January to June 2003.
16 January 2004