October 1, 2014

Important Collection of Robert Louis Stevenson Materials Donated to National Library of Scotland

From the BBC: Robert Louis Stevenson’s letters and first editions have been donated to the National Library of Scotland and Edinburgh Napier University. The writer, best known for Treasure Island, Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde, was born in Edinburgh in 1850. Many of his papers were sold after his death but Stevenson […]

UK: Warning Over Digital Archive ‘Black Hole’

From the BBC: Valuable data about key aspects of modern Scottish life is being lost in a digital archive “black hole”, it has been warned. The National Library of Scotland said online and social media coverage from the past 20 years was disappearing. [Clip] NLS chief executive Martyn Wade said: “In Scotland and across the […]

Scotland: National Library Reforms Passed by Scottish Parliament

From the BBC: New laws to cut the size of the board which runs the National Library of Scotland have been passed by MSPs, as part of wider reforms. Future board appointments made by ministers would be “based on merit and selection”, under the bill. [Clip] With 70,000 visits a year to the reading room […]

National Library of Scotland Facility to Receive £2m External Facelift

From The Scotsman: The National Library of Scotland’s storage site at Causwayside in Edinburgh, home to more than two million maps, atlases, reference books and periodicals, is to get a £2 million [approx. $3.2 million/USD] external overhaul. The Scottish Government has pledged cash to transform the site into a low-energy space, significantly reducing energy consumption, […]

"Historical Maps from the National Library of Scotland"

From a MyHeritage Blog Post: The NLS have uploaded a set of historical maps which overlay on Google Maps, making them easy to use and navigate. While there’s a focus on Scotland, there are maps for the whole of the UK also – and even beyond. Direct to Maps See Also: Georeferenced maps and applications […]