History of Libraries in Scotland

CILIP Library and Information History Group hosted the first in a planned series of seminars on the history of libraries in Scotland at Glasgow Caledonian University on Friday 5th February.

In a presentation entitled ‘People, politics and the profession – a view from the Tower’ Professor Forbes Gibb of Strathclyde University Department of Computer Science offered an audience of around 50 a whistlestop tour of significant events and characters from the foundation of the Scottish College of Librarianship in 1946 and its exclusive curriculum via the Business School to the Department of Computer Science and the broader cross subject curriculum typical of today’s PG qualifications.

His presentation was complemented perfectly by Dr. Peter Reid of Aberdeen Business School who rummaged through the letters archive of the institution to present ‘The Evolution of Professional Education in Scotland – the Aberdeen question’ which discussed the lead up to the introduction of professional library education in Aberdeen and followed the associated twists and turns in the negotiations with the professional association.

The seminar series is one of the outputs of the ‘History of Libraries in Scotland’ project which brings together library historians from around the UK and aims to coordinate the identifying, mapping, recording and dissemination of resources related to Scottish library history.

The next seminar is scheduled to take place in the Aberdeen Business School on Friday 16th April and will look at the development of business information services in Scotland.

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