Remote access — a significant step forward
National Library of Scotland readers can now take advantage of a landmark development in user services, as the Library takes a significant step forward in widening access to its collections.
Until this week, due to licensing restrictions, subscription-based electronic resources could only be consulted in the George IV Bridge Building. As a result of a new agreement with publishers Thomson Gale, readers who register for remote access will be able use two new major electronic resources from anywhere with an internet connection.
These new resources open up an extensive and valuable body of material for readers who are unable to visit us in Edinburgh. The 'Times Digital Archive' provides every page of every issue of 'The Times' newspaper from 1785 to 1985 — in total, one million pages, with more than eight million articles. 'Eighteenth Century Collections Online' (ECCO) offers every significant English-language and non-English-language title printed in the UK and the former British territories, together with thousands of important works from the Americas, from 1701 to 1800 — some 150,000 books.
Both resources are fully text-searchable, and pages can be viewed and printed as PDF (Portable Document Format) files. Readers can register for remote access using a form available on our website.
Remote access to other resources is expected during the course of the year: news about these and other online developments will be featured in our email newsletter.
10 June 2004
READ ALL ABOUT IT!
Scots have long been among the world's most avid readers of news. In fact, people in Scotland read more than twice the column inches of their counterparts in England, and in total buy nearly 2.5 million Scottish-produced newspapers every week.
A broad sample of what has fed this appetite for news throughout the centuries is on show in National Library of Scotland's free summer exhibition. The exhibition was launched on 3 June by Iain Martin, editor of The Scotsman, while ex-footballer and current media 'pundit' Murdo MacLeod (pictured below) took part in the opening event, READ ALL ABOUT IT! tells the story of the news in Scotland, featuring material from the millions of newspapers in the Library's collections. Also charted is the development of news production, from what's believed to be the first newspaper published in Scotland, in 1641, through to the online 24-hour coverage of the 21st century.
Original printed sheets and newspapers are on display, together with external exhibits such as an 18th-century wooden printing press and the Olympic gold medal won by Scottish athlete Eric Liddell in 1924.
Visitors can log on to the latest online news, and discover the wealth of nearly 400 years' worth of popular street literature in the Library's new broadsides web feature, The Word on the Street. To complement the exhibition, competitions, workshops and talks are among the events taking place throughout the summer.
READ ALL ABOUT IT! - Saturday 5 June to Sunday 31 October 2004
3 June 2004