The National Library of Scotland has achieved the Archive Service Accreditation — the UK standard for archive services.
The Library submitted its application for accreditation earlier this year. Following a rigorous analysis of its processes, digital provision and public engagement, the Library has been awarded accreditation.
National Librarian Dr John Scally said:
'This is a very important industry standard to meet in the archives world. The process involves a thorough inspection of everything we do — from the cataloguing and conservation of our collections including manuscripts, archives, sound, moving image and digital content through to the provision of access.
'The accreditation is a testament to the hard work we have done over the years to ensure our collections are protected to the highest standard, as well as our efforts to reach people throughout Scotland. We have expanded our physical presence beyond Edinburgh by opening a facility in Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, we have travelled the country delivering outreach programmes, and we are rapidly accelerating our digital offer to meet growing demand. We are therefore very pleased to gain this recognition.'
The panel of assessors congratulated the National Library on its clear strategic approach, and for focusing its efforts on building audiences for the 'exceptionally significant archive collections' after the investment in recent years in systems and procedures.
The Library was also commended for having an open, outward-looking approach, particularly through the Kelvin Hall development which transformed access to its moving image and sound collections, and its growing outreach activities across Scotland.
The National Archives published the list of newly accredited organisations today (18 July).
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