The 13th Annual eBooks Conference: Happily ever after?

Speculation on the demise of print – and libraries along with it – have been widespread since the advent of the eBook. Dramatic improvements in eReader devices over the last few years have made eBooks the preferred option for many, and library services have been evolving to meet user expectations. But does this mean that libraries and eBooks will live happily ever after?!

Join us in Glasgow on Friday 5th September to find out about the latest eBook developments in library services, and to discuss the challenges that remain.

Our opening keynote comes from Gerald Leitner taskforce leader of the EBLIDA Right to e-read campaign, which seeks to effect policy change at EU level to ensure that copyright legislation and publishers’ licensing arrangements enable library eBook lending.

We then have two landscape sessions focussing on the future for academic publishing and the trends in eBook provision in Scottish public libraries.

Other sessions cover the practical challenges of working with eBooks, including collaborative eBook procurement based on the SCURL-led project in Scottish academic libraries, and accessibility issues.

The growth and impact of the self-publishing market will also be considered in two sessions covering both the library and the publisher perspective.

The afternoon keynote comes from Claire Squires, Director of the Centre for International Publishing & Communication at Stirling University, who will be discussing the history of the book and the eBook’s place in this.

The day concludes with a panel discussion on the changing face of reading chaired by Marion Sinclair, Chief Executive of Publishing Scotland.

The following publishers will be exhibiting at the Conference; Askews & Holts, Casalini libri SpA, Cambridge University Press, Dawson Books, EBSCO, JSTOR-PORTICO, ProQuest and Springer Verlag.

The conference is coordinated by SLIC in collaboration with SCURL and JISC. 

For more information, or to book a place, please visit

Booking will close on the 29th August.


A Wealth of Summer Reading!

As Glasgow gears up to host the Commonwealth Games, Libraries across Scotland are joining in the fun by celebrating authors and books linked to Commonwealth countries with our Wealth of Reading promotion. 

Visit your local library between July and September and borrow one or more books from the Wealth of Reading collections and you can be entered into the draw to win a Tablet device.

Pick up an entry form at your library or you can enter the competition here

Good luck!


Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh Library Update

Following the tragic loss of the Mackintosh Library on the 23rd May the Glasgow School of Art are painstakingly pursuing a targeted rebuild, tightly aligned to both the illustrious history and future direction of the Art School.  

In the short term however, they need to replace the volumes that were in high demand and used regularly by students, staff and researchers. In particular, they need to replace those volumes required by PhD students. In addition, they are also seeking to replace those volumes that complemented the Archives and Collections, including the many treatises and illustrated books written, designed and made by past Directors, tutors, and alumni. The quick replacement of these volumes is a priority for the Library.

Librarians have compiled a wants list, which is kept updated on a weekly basis and publicly available here: Mackintosh Library Collections Wants List – Updated. If you hold any of the titles and would like to donate them to the Library, please contact the Librarian, Duncan Chappell at

Please note that the GSA Archives and Collections Centre also suffered some damage, however the bulk of the holdings are fine and have been removed from the site for an assessment of their condition. Unfortunately, the Archives and Collections service will be closed for the foreseeable future.

 If you would like to donate to the Mackintosh Building Fire Fund you can do so here.


New National Librarian Announced

Dr John Scally is the new Chief Executive and National Librarian at the National Library of Scotland.

Dr Scally is returning to where he started his library career in 1993, when he was appointed as a curator in the British Antiquarian Division. Ten years later he moved to the University of Edinburgh as Director of University Collections and Deputy Director of Library, Museums and Galleries. In 2012 he became Director of Library and University Collections.

Dr Scally holds a BA (Hons) in English and Modern History from the University of Strathclyde, a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge and a Diploma in Information and Library Studies from Aberystwyth University. He takes up his new post at NLS in September.


24 Islands/24 Hours 

In September Orkney Library & Shetland Library are joining forces with Ann Cleeves and Shetland Arts for 24 Islands/24 Hours, a unique series of events celebrating reading, writing and libraries. Authors confirmed include Lin Anderson, Louise Welsh and Zoe Strachan, who along with a wealth of local writers, poets and storytellers will be travelling by air, sea and road to entertain the islanders in a 24 hour race against the clock!

24 Islands/24 Hours will run from 3pm Thursday 11th September to 3pm Friday 12th September and over this period there will be events on 24 islands in Orkney and Shetland.

At each event the libraries will be promoting their wide range of services and aim to attract a large number of new members. The organisers are encouraging everyone to follow 24 Islands/24 Hours on social media and get involved using the hashtag #joinlibraries. It is also hoped that people across the UK who are not already members of their local library will join during the 24 hour period to show their support.

The idea for 24 Islands/24 Hours followed previous successful events that both libraries have organised with crime writer Ann Cleeves (pictured).   Karen Fraser from Shetland Library says “Ann has not only brought us a lot attention with her Shetland novels, but has a Library background and is passionate about the value of libraries. She plans to launch her latest novel in our Baltasound Library as the finale to this project, and is putting tremendous energy and enthusiasm into working with us.”

For more information, contact Karen Fraser on 01595 743868, or Stewart Bain on 01856 873166.