Photo of New College Library Hall, New College, Mound Place
We’re delighted to be able to tell you that New College Library re-opened on Monday 11 September at Mound Place, with access to Library Hall collections (including Reserve collections), study spaces and a range of Library and EdHelp services.
New College Library’s collections were relocated in 2020, as part of a New College site wide Fire Asset Protection project. Approximately 4 km of General Collections were moved to 40 George Square and about 3 km of Heritage Collections were moved to multiple locations, including deep storage. In August this year, library moves began to return the General Collections to their original home in Mound Place. The first students to enter the reopened library on September 11 simply said:
It’s beautiful …
While unanticipated buildings issues have delayed some collections moves, we expect that the collections in Stacks I and II will be fully available by early October. As throughout the move period, we will provide additional interlibrary loans to support access to any collection items which are inaccessible because of this delay. The move of New College Library’s Heritage Collections, originally scheduled for July 2023, has been paused while we ensure we have appropriate environmental conditions in all relevant storage spaces. We are looking forward to the return of Heritage Collections to New College later this academic year.
As part of Black History Month at the Library, we have trial access to ProQuest Black Studies. Developed with faculty, scholars and librarians, ProQuest Black Studies brings together award-winning content into one destination that can be used for research, teaching, and learning.
ProQuest Black Studies combines primary and secondary sources, including leading historical Black newspapers, archival documents and collections, key government materials, videos, writings by major Black intellectuals and leaders, scholarly journals, and essays by top scholars in Black Studies. Continue reading →
BETH are a European group of national organisations representing librarians working in theological college, seminary, Church and monastic libraries. Solo librarians or librarians working in small teams are characteristic of their membership, although there is also representation from University libraries. I attended their conference on the theme of Challenges facing ecclesiastical libraries in Cordoba, Spain on 30/9/23-4/10/23, to share a paper about partnership working between Church and University in New College Library.
BETH Conference 2023
What are the challenges for ecclesiastical libraries?
A number of recurring challenges were underlying themes for the conference.
The decline in religious vocations and in church membership and attendance, which is also linked to a decline in available funding for church libraries, as funding must come from a diminishing church populace.
The effects of war, military action and other political and social conflicts.
Delivering professional management of historic collections under both of these circumstances with the particular needs and financial demands of historic and rare collections.
How can ecclesiastical libraries be successful in avoiding crisis and collapse?Continue reading →