Open Source for Libraries

Jisc RSC Scotland, in association with PTFS, are hosting a day of open source demonstrations and opportunities for library and information services. Systems covered will include open source library management system Koha and its integration with VuFind as a discovery service, serials management and link resolving using CUFTS and rebus:list for reading list management.

The event will take place at the Jisc Regional Support Centre Scotland, West of Scotland Science Park, Glasgow on Friday the 16th May from 10-3pm.

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Improving Cancer Information In Public Libraries

Macmillan are hosting a national share and learn event at the Mitchell Library on Thursday 24th April from 9.30-4.15pm. 

The aim of the event is to share the knowledge and experience of the projects and initiatives that have taken place in public libraries to improve cancer information in order to develop further the partnership between health information services and libraries.

The event is free and open to all Macmillan professionals and public library staff.

If you wish to book a place please contact Anushka Maynard -


Crime Writers The Most Popular in Scottish Libraries

The Affair by Lee Child was the most borrowed book in Scottish libraries during 2012/13, it has been revealed. Overall, crime fiction and thrillers are hugely popular in Scotland, with all the Top 10 Most Borrowed Books belonging to the genre.  Scottish writers Ian Rankin and Stuart MacBride appear in 5th and 7th position.

Three titles by James Patterson also feature in the Top 10.  It was announced that the US thriller writer was the Most Borrowed Author in libraries across the UK as a whole for the seventh year running.

Data released by the Public Lending Right (PLR) office shows exactly which books and authors proved most popular with library borrowers between July 2012 and June 2013.

Access the Top 100 most borrowed books in Scotland here.


West Dunbartonshire seeks Section Head

A new post has arisen at West Dunbartonshire’s Libraries & Cultural Services. Forming part of the Educational Services Department; Libraries & Cultural Services provides a wide range of services including: Public & mobile libraries, Creative Learning, Educational Resource Service, IT learning portals, Arts Development, Instrumental Music in Schools and Galleries and Museums.

The Section Head Libraries and Information Services will join the senior management team leading this dynamic and ambitious service. The Section Head will drive forward a performance culture across Libraries & Information Services, managing Libraries & Information Services in line with National guidance including Public Libraries Quality Improvement Matrix, Curriculum for Excellence, GIRFEC and national archive standards. The post holder will lead on the development and preparation of Libraries & Information Services Operational plans Services to support the Single Outcome Agreement and Corporate and Departmental outcomes.

For more information, please visit MyJobScotland.


Introduction to OER Workshop

This workshop will give a practical introduction to OER for teaching information literacy. Though a mixture of presentation, group work and hands-on activity participants will learn to find, evaluate and consider adopting OER for use in their own practice. 

Participants are invited to identify opportunities where OER can enhance their current teaching and to bring their own materials along to the session to release as OER.

At the end of this session participants will:

·         Gain an overview of Creative Commons licencing and be able to add a chosen licence to a resource

·         Be  introduced to the OER repositories to find existing resources and to add their own

·         Reflect on personal attitudes and behaviour in relation to Open Practice 

 A free sandwich lunch and drinks will be provided. The Workshop will take place at Glasgow Caledonian University on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 from 10:00 to 15:30.

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