Sorley Maclean display in Edinburgh cinema
© Gordon Wright
Examples of the work of Scotland's greatest Gaelic poet will be exhibited at a cinema next month.
Edinburgh Filmhouse will show Hallaig, a documentary on the 'landscape and poetry' of Sorley Maclean, on 7 November. The screening is part of the 'Poetic Cinema' season, which also features a visual interpretation of Maclean's poem 'Hallaig'.
On display during the brief season will be copies of material from the National Library of Scotland. NLS holds a substantial collection of the poet's manuscripts.
Maclean is included in The Write Stuff, our feature on Scottish authors and poets.
30 October 2006
Bridge Readings continue with James Meek
© Sarah Lee
Award-winning writer James Meek will read from and discuss his work this month at the National Library of Scotland.
The author has won British and international awards for journalism and for fiction. His most recent novel, The People's Act of Love, was included in the 2005 Man Booker Prize long list.
On October 26, Meek takes part in our literary series, 'The Bridge Readings'. Launched in July, the monthly series has already featured A L Kennedy and Laura Hird. Ian Rankin is scheduled to talk about his work in November.
See our Events page for details.
15 October 2006
Disability Equality Scheme — have your say
A disability equality document drafted by the National Library of Scotland has just gone out for public consultation.
Comments are being sought this month on our draft Disability Equality Scheme. This aims to show how we will promote equality of opportunity for disabled people in all NLS services. As well as our buildings, it covers publications, the website, exhibitions and events. We are required to produce such a scheme under the terms of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005.
The Disability Equality Scheme draft is available online as a web page and a PDF file. Our deadline for feedback is Friday 27 October.
4 October 2006
Improving facilities in George IV Bridge
Extensive refurbishment to improve facilities for visitors is now under way at the National Library of Scotland.
Redevelopment work in our George IV Bridge Building will result in:
- an open-access visitor centre
- dedicated space for material from the John Murray Archive
Running alongside each other, these two major projects are due for completion by May 2007.
The visitor centre will be on the ground floor. Visitors will be able to browse catalogues and collections online and register for a reader's ticket. Items from our collections will be on display. A new shop and café will be created.
Also in progress are developments to the reading room areas and to facilities for people with disabilities.
A permanent exhibition space will be created for John Murray Archive material. We will have a multimedia space for interpretation of JMA, where cultural and educational events will also be held.
More detailed information will be online shortly.
4 October 2006
Online resources in trials by users
NLS ticket holders are taking part in trials of digital collections this month. Twelve major online resources are available until 13 October for registered users to assess. During the trial, they have full-text access to thousands of titles in science, arts and humanities, and social sciences subjects.
Feedback from the trials will help us determine which of these resources we will provide for users in the future. Trial access is only available to registered NLS users within the Library. A 'trials' web page on computers in the George IV Bridge Building has all the details.
4 October 2006