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52 Weeks of Inspiring Illustrations, Week 48: the Trajectory of the Photographic Medium

Over the past year staff from the Special Collections Division have been putting together posts highlighting ‘Inspiring Illustrations’ of material in our collections. Representing the Photographic Collection, I chose to conduct a survey of photographic media in order to underline the unique characteristics of individual photographic processes and plant the seed of interest for further…

17 June 2013illustrations Photographic Collection professional commentary

Bursary success!

We resume our posts with good news!  We are delighted to announce that Kirsty Lee has been awarded the prestigious Patrick Cadell Bursary. Kirsty is our Archives Assistant who is building a portfolio for the care of born-digital and other non paper-based media within our archival collections. She is currently working towards an MLitt in…

7 June 2013Archives professional commentary

Behind the scenes at the Museum: Installing the King James Library Exhibition

We have just celebrated the opening of our latest exhibition. ‘A Royal Foundation: 400 years of the King James Library’ celebrates the establishment in 1612 of a shared library for the whole University community in St Andrews with the support of King James VI & I and his family. Our theme is the library as…

20 September 2012professional commentary

lux: Showing off the Photographic Collection on Tumblr

The Department of Special Collections of the University Library has a new Tumblr blog called “lux”. Its aim is to cater to those who will enjoy receiving a steady stream of images which illustrate the scope of our Photographic Collection and the new discoveries we’re making every week. Out of our vast collection of over…

4 September 2012general information professional commentary

“Marketing of rare and special collections in a digital age” – IFLA’s RBMS off-site day

The National Library of Finland (from Wikimedia Commons).[/caption] On Monday, 13 August 2012, IFLA’s Rare Book and Manuscript Section hosted a special topic day during the WLIC2012 event. This was a full-day conference held off of the WLIC site at the National Library of Finland. This library sits at the heart of downtown Helsinki and…

15 August 2012professional commentary Uncategorized

IFLA WLIC 2012 Helsinki days 1 & 2 wrap-up and perspective

Pasilia, Helsinki, Finland. These first two days at the grand pow-wow of the world’s leading librarians has been intense and great, and has also come with a small learning curve. Yesterday, 11 August 2012, was the first day of the congress, although still technically a pre-conference day (unbeknownst to me). All of the sessions that…

12 August 2012Events professional commentary

Rare Book Librarian visits Helsinki for IFLA’s World Library & Information Congress (WLIC)

“I touched down late last night at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in what is probably the furthest east in Europe that I’ve been … I’m here to witness over 4,000 librarians from across the globe gather together for a week of hard-nosed professional development.” I touched down late last night at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in what is probably…

10 August 2012professional commentary Rare Book Collection

“Lighting the Past”, a new initiative for the cataloguing of the rare books of the University of St Andrews, launches!

Last Wednesday, 13 June 2012, the University Library unveiled its plans for the online cataloguing of the large backlog of rare and early books found in the Department of Special Collections. This initiative, branded Lighting the Past, will address the 150,000 books not currently represented in the University Library’s catalogue, SAULCAT, or in larger databases…

18 June 2012Events general information professional commentary

Reflections on Girolamini: Libraries, funding and the people we trust

Finally, just last week, some resolution was brought to the developing crisis in Naples around one of the region’s oldest libraries, the Biblioteca dei Girolamini. This library, built alongside the Church and Convent of the Girolamini of Gerolamini in the late 16th century serviced the Oratory of the convent, but was also open to the public…

31 May 2012professional commentary