Today Dr John Scally takes the helm at the National Library of Scotland as he moves into the role of Chief Executive and National Librarian.
'This is my first day in the best job in Scotland,' Dr Scally said.
'To be given the chance to lead the National Library at such an important time is both thrilling and daunting in equal measure. I look forward to taking the Library from strength to strength over the next decade.'
A leading professional
Regarded as one of the leading library professionals in Europe, Dr Scally is no stranger to the National Library. He was a curator in the British Antiquarian (later Rare Books) Division at NLS for 10 years until 2003.
Since then, at the University of Edinburgh he has been Director of University Collections, Deputy Director of Library, Museums and Galleries, and, most recently, Director of Library and University Collections.
Announcing the appointment in June, James Boyle, who chairs the NLS Board, spoke warmly of the 'vision, great experience and enthusiasm' that the new National Librarian brings to his role.
22 September 2014