Friday, 27 May 2011

National Library of Scotland news

Some news from the National Library of Scotland's latest newsletter:

* 120 new films can be now be viewed on the Scottish Screen Archive website, including new titles from the Films of Scotland Collection and the Scottish Educational Film Association.

* A new series of four video guides is now online to give a historical overview of NLS and provide step-by-step information on how to find resources and access them in person or from home, school, work or anywhere with internet access. The resource also has an interactive floor plan which will be useful for people planning to visit the Library for the first time but even existing users may discover something new.

* The new Scots Abroad website features the stories of six Scottish emigrants who left their homeland to settle in Canada, the United States, Argentina and New Zealand, constructed from letters, photographs, maps and official documents from the Library's collections on emigration. The website also provides information and web links to the wealth of resources on Scottish emigration held in the NLS and outside.

* From 1 June the self-service photocopiers in the General Reading Room will be replaced with two Book2Net Kiosks, which will allow customers to produce digital colour images to their own USB stick, and/or bi-tonal A3 and A4 paper copies. I managed to see one of these recently at the new PRONI archive in Belfast, a neat piece of kit - see below for an image.

(With thanks to the NLS)


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