The blessing of discovery

One of our colleagues recently rediscovered this fantastic invitation card for the launch of the Library’s first online library catalogue. It dates back to 1985.

The invitation card for the launch of EULOGIA, 1985

The invitation card for the launch of EULOGIA, 1985

The system was named ‘EULOGIA’ (‘Edinburgh University On-line for General Information Access’).

‘Eulogia’ comes from the Greek for ‘blessing’ – and it most certainly was for both users and staff, as a beginning for the move away from card catalogues. Many of our colleagues, who were here at the time, recall this as a revolutionary moment and had great fondness for the system.

Of course, we are feeling blessed again 30 years on at the launch of our new system, ‘DiscoverEd’, which is available now.

Laura Shanahan
Head of Collections Development and Access

With thanks to Richard Battersby, Head of Library Academic Support, for sharing this little piece of history.