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Stirling University Library has signed a contract with Innovative to upgrade the library management system to Sierra. It is anticipated that migration and go-live will be completed by August 2016.


Edinburgh University Library has received funding to digitise all their Ph.D. theses. This is the first part of the plan to put significant investment in to the digitisation of collections and associated activities.


The SRUC announced Professor Wayne Powell has been appointed as Principal from July 2016. Formerly the Chief Science Office at CGIAR in Montpelier, France, and also previously Director of the National Institute of Agricultural Botany in Cambridge and Deputy Director of the former Scottish Cop Institute which is now part of the James Hutton Institute.


The Whittaker Library of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland was awarded their 3rd IAML (International Association of Music Libraries) Excellence Award, with particular commendations for their strong collection, highly qualified staff, and the marketing of services & resources through social media (@WhittakerLib)  and the Whittaker Live! blog.

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Many of the Mackintosh-designed light fittings, which were suspended from the ceiling of the Library, have survived as around 600 fragments. With the help of HES and the University of Glasgow, the exact metallurgical composition, surface finishes, strength and capability are being assessed for repair and re-use. The ambition is to reassemble those fragments and rehang.

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Ten new galleries opened in July 2016 showcasing the best of the collections from decorative art, design, fashion, science and technology.

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2016-2017 Programme.

SCURL Business Committee:

Monday 3rd October 2016: Fairlie Room, University of Dundee Library & Learning Centre.

Wednesday 18th January 2017. venue tbc

Wednesday 19th April 2017. Seminar Room, The Sir Duncan Rice Library of the University of Aberdeen.

SCURL Away Day and AGM: Wednesday 7th June 2017.


Friday 25th November 2016 . Parliament Hall, St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews.

Wednesday 8th February 2017. Anderson Room of Heriot-Watt University Library.

Sunrise from the roof of the NLS’ George IV Brdge Building was captured by Security Team Leader, Jimmy Quinn, as he was lowering the flag at the start of building work.