Today marks the start of Book Week Scotland; the annual celebration of books and reading, as organised by the Scottish Book Trust. Part of the activity for 2014 includes the writing of love letters to libraries. Well, I’ve worked in libraries for seven years, and I can’t quite imagine doing anything else, so I think it’s safe to say that I love libraries. The world of library professionals is ever changing, and you are like as likely to spend your time digitising obscure texts to be uploaded on-line these days as you are to find yourself shelving dusty volumes onto creaking shelves. However, like most people I meet, I was initially drawn to the strange allure of a room full of words and ideas, each sealed with a binding, and the incomparable magic of losing yourself inside their pages.
This week, why not use your local library services. If you are a student or a researcher, make sure you take full advantage of the University’s resources:
And, please, visit the Scottish Book Trust website and see what else is going on:
There are events happening all over Scotland throughout the week, including this “festival of books” at the Edinburgh College of Art:
Carl Jones, Library Annexe Supervisor