Digital Access Scotland

Digital Access Scotland (DAS) will take forward a vision to enable all citizens to digitally access the wealth of information and resources held in Scotland’s libraries, museums and archives and to maximize the potential use and reach of these resources.  The new forum established by SLIC, Museum and Galleries Scotland, Scottish Council on Archives, National Archives of Scotland, National Galleries of Scotland, National Library of Scotland, National Museums of Scotland, Historic Scotland, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland, and chaired by SLIC Director Elaine Fulton entered into formal partnership last February with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.   Yesterday Digital Access Scotland held a consultation event in Edinburgh. Almost  70 delegates took part in enthusiastic discussions on next steps for digital initiatives in Scotland and explored how we can work collaboratively both with each other and with key partners such as JISC’s Strategic Content Alliance. Read more about DAS here.


Mapping it out for Scotland

A new service for people interested in finding out what Scotland’s libraries, museums and archives holds was soft launched today. The interesting thing about the service is the use of a geographical interface using a Google mashup.
Check it out at:

Is your library, museum or archive on the map? if not, email:

SIBMAS International Conference: Glasgow 2008

SIBMAS, the international association of libraries and museums of the performing arts, will this year hold their biennial conference in Glasgow. The conference will take place at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama from Mon 22- Fri 26 Sept.

The conference was first held in Zagreb in 1954 and has visited locations across Europe and beyond in the intervening years. This is only the second time the event has taken place in the UK (the first was London in 1998 ) and it’s great to see Scotland hosting such a high-profile international conference.

This year’s event will focus on the role of library, museum and archive professionals in addressing the challenges of documenting live performance. The key themes of the conference raise some interesting concerns for librarians working with performing arts materials.

In documenting the performing arts, librarians are required to deal with a constantly evolving product rather than static artefacts. This means that they must develop new approaches to recording and preserving performance.

It’s interesting to note that some of the issues covered in the SIBMAS programme have relevance beyond the performing arts sector. As new technologies have made it easier to create and publish multimedia materials, librarians in all sectors are addressing the challenges associated with preserving the intangible aspects of our digital culture.

In recognition of this common ground, one strand of the SIBMAS programme will look at innovative approaches in other disciplines. Libraries in other sectors may also benefit from learning more about initiatives in the performing arts sector.