Have your say on National Library of Scotland Bill
The Scottish Government has launched a public consultation into the powers and functions of the National Library of Scotland.
Proposals being put forward would modernise the founding legislation of NLS, which dates from 1925. In particular, they suggest that:
- The Library's powers and functions should be defined in law
- The Board of Trustees should be reduced from 32 Trustees to between seven and 14
- NLS should be subject to direction from Government Ministers, but with restrictions to safeguard the Library's functions.
Such measures would bring NLS into line with most other Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) and encourage greater flexibility, effectiveness and efficiency.
The closing date for responses to the consultation is 23 June. For more information, see our consultation Q&A or visit the Scottish Government website.
NLS in 2030
A research project recently completed at NLS explored the future of national libraries and the role they could play in 20 years' time. Focusing on small, technologically developed countries, it looked at changing customer behaviours, publishing trends and future developments in digital libraries.
The project report, 'Thriving or surviving? National Library of Scotland in 2030', is available online. It includes the views of leading library thinkers from around the world on the challenges and opportunities facing national libraries. We welcome all comments on the report: please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
31 March 2010
Display celebrates scientist James Ferguson
Banffshire-born astronomer and scientist James Ferguson (1710-1776) is the focus of the next 'treasures' display at the National Library of Scotland.
Ferguson's books, notebooks, drawings and instruments tell us much about the man who helped make science popular in the 19th century. His public lectures were a success due to his simple explanations and the ground-breaking mechanical inventions he devised for demonstrations.
Self-taught Ferguson was also a popular writer. His first work appeared in print in 1742, just before he moved to London from Scotland. He wrote papers for the Royal Society, and was elected a Fellow in 1763.
The James Ferguson display is part of this year's Edinburgh International Science Festival. It is free and open daily.
12 March 2010
Lord Provost's Fair Trade Award for NLS
Edinburgh's Lord Provost has presented a Fair Trade Award to the National Library of Scotland.
At the city's Fairtrade Brunch, the Rev George Grubb announced three of the winners of the Lord Provost Fair Trade Awards. NLS received the 'Best Newcomer' award for the Visitor Centre café, which sells only Fairtrade coffee, along with other Fairtrade products. Accepting the award for NLS was Teri Wishart, Director of Development and External Relations.
The busy event was held at the Library on 25 February as part of Fairtrade Fortnight.
3 March 2010