NLS Research Fairs for postgraduate students

On Tuesday 28 February in Edinburgh, and Monday 24 April in Glasgow, the National Library of Scotland will host postgraduate research fairs.

  • Edinburgh postgraduate fair:
    Tuesday 28 February, from 10:00-14:00, in the George IV Bridge Building Boardroom.
  • Glasgow postgraduate fair:
    Monday 24 April, from 11:00-15:00, in the National Library of Scotland at the Kelvin Hall.

These are informal, free, drop-in sessions, no booking required, where postgraduate students can:

  • Discuss their research with NLS curators and specialist staff
  • Find out more about the National Library of Scotland, its collections and facilities
  • Get advice on topics such as intellectual property and reproductions of images and text
  • Take a tour behind the scenes and get practical information on using the Library
  • Network with other research students

Specialists from the NLS Archives and Manuscripts, General Collections, Moving Image Archive, Rare Books, Maps and Music, Intellectual Property, and Access areas will be there to answer your questions and give advice on what you can find in the NLS collections.

Coffee and tea will be available. The first 20 attendees will receive a National Library of Scotland bag and a copy of “Rax me That Buik: Highlights from the collections of the National Library of Scotland” by Iain Gordon Brown.

For more information, see http://www.nls.uk/using-the-library/academic-research

21. February 2017 by jfurnes1
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ECA-inspired colouring book raises thousands for charity!

Edinburgh in Colour features illustrations of familiar Edinburgh locales, by ECA Design students. The book has been produced as an entrepreneurial venture with students from the University of Edinburgh Business School, to raise funds for the Scottish charity Children 1st.

For more information, see:




You can purchase copies of the colouring book at the Fruitmarket Gallery bookshop or online.

20. February 2017 by jfurnes1
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Main Library at George Square to go 24/7!

The University Main Library at George Square will be opening 24/7, from 20th March 2017. A lot of work by Library, Security and Estates staff behind the scenes has gone into making this possible.

For more information, please see the announcement at


and the Main Library webpage at



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Mental health and wellbeing awareness week at UoE

Wednesday 1st February 2017:

This week is Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Week across the University and ECA. There are lots of events to attend and opportunities to join in activities, from Therapets at Kings Buildings to mindfulness taster sessions, yoga sessions, and free for all belly dancing!

The student association EUSA is offering lots of events from 30th January to 5th February. EUSA’s webpage here has lots of helpful information if you or a friend want to get support with mental health and wellbeing.

For more info about the EUSA Let’s Talk campaign see




The University has committed to supporting students and their wellbeing with the launch of its Student Mental Health Strategy today. More information about this strategy and the practical support that the University will offer will be announced on the University website soon.

Let's talk logo

01. February 2017 by jfurnes1
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BOOKMARKS artists’ books and zines fair 2017

BOOKMARKS explores artists’ books in education. It will take place in the ECA Main Lecture Theatre and the ECA Sculpture Court on the 29th of March 2017, with talks running from 1pm – 3pm, and the fair 4pm – 8pm.

In its third year, BOOKMARKS will provide a stimulating platform for visitors to explore artists’ books and zines made by practitioners from across Scotland. Exploring the artists’ book in its broadest sense, BOOKMARKS is a first stop for those interested in bookmaking as an artistic practice.

BOOKMARKS focuses on academic study, exploring how artists’ books are used, promoted and created in educational settings. Featured artists and designers will include students, staff and alumni from Edinburgh College of Art, alongside those from other educational institutions in Scotland.

To coincide with BOOKMARKS, ECA student group The Grey People, who explore the spaces and overlaps between art and design, will have curated an exhibition of artists’ books from the ECA Library collection, that will be on show in the library in Evolution House.

BOOKMARKS starts with a symposium open to all participants and visitors where a wide range of speakers will make presentations detailing different aspects of the book through featured projects. Following this the fair will offer visitors the chance to see and handle the work, meet the artists and designers, and purchase an exciting array of artists’ books and zines.

BOOKMARKS will take place on 29th March 2017. For more info see http://www.curatorspace.com/opportunities/detail/bookmarks/1024 or the BOOKMARKS Facebook page.

30. January 2017 by jfurnes1
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Artists’ books micro-residency at ECA Library

The Grey People undertook their residency in ECA Library from 20th – 24th February, exploring the artists’ books collection,  and making a selection of books to feature as part of the BookMarks Bookfair on 29th March 2017, and in a display in ECA Library.

A total of 25 books have been selected as fitting with their cross-disciplinary theme.

More news about the project soon!

24. January 2017 by jfurnes1
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University PhD theses digitisation project

The University Library PhD digitisation project will complete the digitisation of the University of Edinburgh’s collection of roughly 25,000 PhDs.

Approximately 10,000 PhDs are already accessible online through the Edinburgh Research Archive, our institutional repository, and this project will digitise the remaining 15,000, thereby making unique Edinburgh research available to all.

The collection dates from the early 1600s to the present day and includes theses of varying sizes, styles and formats. Duplicate theses will have their spines removed using an IDEAL 4705 Guillotine and will then be fed through the 100-page-per minute Kodak i4250 document scanner. These copies will be recycled, freeing up around 500 linear metres of storage space in the Main Library building.

Unique theses will be scanned manually using a Copibook Cobalt flatbed scanner and any items in poor condition will receive conservation treatment.

Following scanning, digital images will undergo several post-processing procedures, such as de-skewing, cropping and de-blurring, and will also be OCR-ed to enable keyword searching. Fully processed files will be uploaded to ERA as searchable multipage PDFs.

All files are due to be made available online by the end of 2018. For further information, please contact Gavin.Willshaw@ed.ac.uk

You can find more information on the project blog at:


To search our databases for other PhDs and dissertations from across the world, go to our webpage for theses databases at: http://www.ed.ac.uk/information-services/library-museum-gallery/finding-resources/library-databases/databases-subject-a-z/database-theses


19. January 2017 by jfurnes1
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Database trials available from 16th January

The Library has organised several trials of online databases and resources which are sure to be of interest to ECA students and staff.

You are now able to have trial access to ProQuest Film Scripts Online, Bloomsbury Fashion Central including their new Fashion Photography Archive,  and the online music encyclopaedia MGG Online, (Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart).

To access these and many other database trials, and to give your feedback, please go to:


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Welcome to new students!

We would like to welcome all new ECA students starting their courses this January. Please do pop in to ECA Library in Evolution House where you can pick up lots of information and leaflets about the Library services.

For information about collecting your student ID card from the Main Library, George Square, see here:


For information about ECA Library see here:


For all other Library information see here:


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Academic Book Week: events in January 2017

The University Library is organising three events for Academic Book Week in January 2017:


23 January: Does the Academic Book have a Future? (Dr Tom Mole, UoE) – event for all staff, 1230-1330, G.05, 50 George Square


24 January: – Close-up on collections: behind the scenes at the Centre for Research Collections (CRC) – event for postgraduates, 1200-1330, CRC, 6th floor Main Library, George Square


27 January: The Truth About Publishing (Prof Alistair McCleery, Napier) – event for undergraduates, 1230-1330, LG.06 David Hume Tower


These are all now available for booking, via the Events channel on MyEd: https://www.myed.ed.ac.uk/

04. January 2017 by jfurnes1
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