UK and Spain take bookbinding prizes
Monica, Susana and Richard.
Rosario was unable to attend.
Bookbinders from the UK and Spain have won the 2017 Elizabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition.
The winners were announced on 15 February at a ceremony at the National Library of Scotland:
- Best Craft Binding: Richard Tong, UK
- Best Creative Binding: Susana Dominguez Martin, Spain
- Best Craft Binding, student award: Rosario Penche Garcia, Spain
- Best Creative Binding, student award: Monica Gil Sanvicente, Spain.
Held annually at the Library, the international competition aims to promote the skills of craft and creative bookbinding. It is now in its 25th year, and always draws strong interest from across Europe in particular.
The winning entries each year are added to the Library's collection of fine bindings.
16 February 2018
Feedback sought on revamped web archive site
Games is one of the special
Researchers and members of the public are invited to test a beta site for the UK Web Archive.
The archive has been harvesting UK websites in an annual 'crawl' of the web since 2013. Millions of archived sites are now available to use within the National Library of Scotland and the other UK and Irish legal deposit libraries. Thousands of sites can be accessed online by anyone.
A new feature of the beta site is 'Special collections' — themed options that illustrate part of Scotland's and the UK's impression on the open web. These collections provide a quick route into selected subjects.
The National Library has contributed several special collections — such as the Commonwealth Games — and is also home to the annual UK domain crawl.
Included on the beta UK Web Archive site is a short survey designed to help with the final development of the site next year.
16 February 2018
Display commemorates 200 years of 'The Scotsman'
Edinburgh-based newspaper's home
from the 1860s to 1905.
A new display at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh celebrates the 200th anniversary of 'The Scotsman' newspaper.
One of the highlights on show is the newspaper's first issue, which went on sale in Edinburgh on 25 January 1817.
Produced jointly by the Library and 'The Scotsman', the display tells of landmark developments in the newspaper's history and how it kept Scots informed of major events down the centuries.
Lawyer William Ritchie and customs official Charles Maclaren launched 'The Scotsman' as a liberal weekly newspaper, promising to publish news and opinions 'without fear or favour'. Although only 300 copies of that first issue were sold, the paper grew over the years to become recognised as one of the great newspapers of the world.
'The Scotsman' display uses material from the Library's own collection and items on loan from the newspaper’s archive. It marks the culmination of a year of celebration of the paper's anniversary.
Read more in 'The Scotsman' display media release.
18 January 2018
Punks, artists and dancers invited to 're-sit' exams
The National Library of Scotland is offering six bursaries to support creative reinterpretations of old school examination papers.
Up to £1,000 is available for 21st-century artists to use school exam papers from the 1930s to 1960s as a source of inspiration.
The Library is looking for dance, musical and artistic interpretations of the exams as a way of highlighting the potential for re-using its collections:
- Dance — 2 opportunities to create a dance show based on a 1932 geometry exam
- Visual arts — 2 opportunities to create a painting, collage or similar based on an exam paper from 1937 or 1938
- Musical performance — 2 opportunities for a punk, indie or choral / choir interpretation of a 1962 Maths exam.
Tuesday 23 January is the closing date for applications. For more information, read the exam papers bursaries media release.
16 January 2018
New partnership to boost Scottish business
and Emily Wilson
Scottish businesses are set to benefit from a new partnership agreed between the National Library of Scotland and Scottish Enterprise.
The two organisations are working together to ensure that Scottish firms can access high quality business information.
Their aim is to help businesses identify new opportunities to help them grow which, in turn, will boost the Scottish economy.
The partnership will bring together the extensive business resources held within Scotland's largest library with the research support that Scottish Enterprise provides for its network of Scottish companies.
For more information, read the Scottish Enterprise partnership media release.
19 December 2017
Celebrating the international style of Muriel Spark
© Jerry Bauer.
Internationally acclaimed writer Dame Muriel Spark is to be celebrated in the biggest exhibition ever staged on her life and work.
'The International Style of Muriel Spark' takes visitors on a journey across three continents to the places Spark lived.
It charts the Edinburgh-born writer's early struggles before publication of 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie' propelled her to global success.
And one of the highlights of the exhibtion is the manuscript of the 'Brodie' novel, on loan from the University of Tulsa.
Many exhibits have never been seen previously by the public, and most of the items are from Spark's extraordinary archive, held at the National Library of Scotland.
Opening at the National Library on 8 December, the exhibition is one of the main events in a year-long celebration to mark the centenary of her birth, which falls in February.
Find out more in the Spark exhibition media release.
7 December 2017