National Library of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh to begin a programme of partnership and collaboration
The National Library of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh are to formally sign a document encouraging greater collaboration and partnerships between the two organisations. The Memorandum of Understanding outlines a framework for collaboration between the National Library of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh for the next three years and will be formally signed by both parties in the Boardroom of the National Library on Tuesday 1 November.
The Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Edinburgh forms part of the National Library of Scotland's continuing commitment to 'develop research collaborations across the humanities, sciences and social sciences' outlined in the National Library's strategy 'The way forward: Library strategy 2015-2020', which was published in September 2015.
'The Memorandum of Understanding is a vital part of our future relationship with the University of Edinburgh,' said National Librarian Dr John Scally. 'By formalising our collaborative relationship, we will be drawing upon the superb resources and skills contained in both of our organisations. We will seek to produce joint work that will be of benefit not only to ourselves and the research community, but most importantly the wider communities across Scotland.'
Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, Principal of the University of Edinburgh, said: 'This is an exciting progression of our partnership with the National Library of Scotland. The University of Edinburgh is proud of its collaborative work so far and we are looking forward to this developing and expanding to the benefit of both researchers and the public.'
Six broad themes have been outlined for partnership working between the two organisations:
- Collaborative research and teaching
- Enhancing access to resources
- Improving stewardship
- Special Collections collaborations
- Public engagement
- Improving organisational capacity and influence.
Examples of outputs from working in partnership include continuing the work of projects such as the William Dodds Fairbairn Project funded by the Wellcome Trust. Fairbairn (1889-1964) was a leading psychoanalyst in the area of childhood and development. Fairbairn's personal library is held by the University of Edinburgh, and his papers by the National Library. The project catalogued, conserved and made the entire collection available through a collaborative website, widening access to a rich scholarly resource and promoting research.
Both organisations also expect to continue joint participation in the European collaborative data infrastructure (EUDAT).
A further expected output is the National Library providing the University with data to support student projects and research and the University returning these student outputs to the Library to enhance the Library's services.
Progress will be overseen by a Steering Group consisting of members from both organisations and will last for three years, at which time it will be reviewed in 2019 for potential renewal for another period of three years.
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27 October 2016