Discover Gaelic Special Collections from New College Library

Dan spioradail

—Grant, Peter. Dain spioradail. Elgin : Peter Macdonald, bookseller, 1837. New College Library Gaelic Collections 250.

Did you know that over 400 items which together form the Gaelic Collections at New College Library have recently been catalogued online?  Come and join me at the Pop-up Library (on the first floor of the Main Library) on Wednesday 22 October, 10-12 pm, to find out more.

The Gaelic Collection contains several editions of  “Dain spioradail ” by the celebrated hymn writer Peter Grant, and this edition at Gaelic Coll. 250  is the fifth edition, considerably enlarged and improved from earlier editions. It was published in Elgin, in the highlands of Scotland.

The title page information refers to Grant’s Gaelic name Pàdraig Grannd nan Òran, which means ‘Peter Grant of the songs’. Grant was a Baptist minister, born on 30 January 1783 at Ballintua, Strathspey, Scotland. He was a skilled fiddle player, who was able to set his poems on evangelical themes to well known tunes which were popular into the twentieth century.  This work is typical of the works in the Gaelic Collection, which contains many volumes of religious poetry. The Gaelic Collection was put together from various sources, including a substantial donation from the bequest of the Rev. Roderick Macleod.

Christine Love-Rodgers, Academic Support Librarian – Divinity

Questions, questions, questions plus answers (and lollies) at Resources Plus.

man with booksQ. Do you know how to request a book (RAB) to be bought for the library?
A. We can show you.

Q. Do you know how to get hold of items that we do not hold in the library collection?
A. We can show you how to use the Inter Library Loans (ILL) service.

Q. Is there a journal or database you think the library should subscribe to?
A. We’ll tell you how you can contact your Academic Support Librarian.


We’ll reveal all this and more at our next Resources Plus pop-up library session on Tuesday 21st October from 2 till 4 on the 1st floor of the Main library.

Margaret Redpath
Main Library Helpdesk




What’s on 20th – 24th October


Drop in sessions -1st Floor Main Library

20th October- 24th October

Monday Digital Footprint – managing your digital footprint Getting full text journal articles – fast!
Tuesday Carmichael Watson Project(Centre for Research Collections) Resources Plus: How do I get hold of the book I need?
Wednesday Discover Special Collections from New College Library Be in charge of the Library for the day!
Thursday MyEd Mobile School of Scottish Studies Archive
Friday Help with literature reviews: Q&A session Copyright: Everything you need to know


Win a University of Edinburgh Hoodie!

At the Library pop up session this afternoon Leisa and Serena will be there to talk to you about how to get involved with library work and projects.

Leisa will be there from the Development and Alumni department and will be talking about what they do to fundraise for the Library and how students can help with this work.  Leisa will also be joined by one of her colleagues from Alumni engagement.

Serena co-ordinates the volunteers and interns who work with the Library and all of the collections – if you’ve ever thought about a career in libraries, museums or archives, this is your opportunity to find out more!


Jamie – one of our lovely interns!

And if that isn’t enough, we’re also offering the chance to win a University of Edinburgh hoodie – just pop along this afternoon between 2-4pm to find out how.  The winner will be announced at the end of the session at 4pm!

Your friend BoB (Box of Broadcasts)

bob_imageWant to find out how to:

  • View & record over 1 million TV & Radio programmes
  • Create clips & clip compilations
  • Compile favourite shows into playlists and share them with others
  • Record missed programmes

You can do all this & more with help from BoB (Box of Broadcasts). You can find out how simple it is to use this fantastic resource by coming along to our pop-up library session on Thursday 16th October from 10 till 12 on the 1st floor of the main library.

You’ll wonder how you ever managed before life with BoB!!!!

See more about BoB here.

Margaret Redpath
Main Library Helpdesk


Be in charge of the Library for the day

And win some free print credit!

You_said_we_listened_logoTell us what you would change to make the Library better or tell us what you love about the Library and you could win free print credit.

This is a great chance for you to meet Library managers and tell us what improvements you think could be made to services, collections, spaces, etc., to enhance the student experience.

We are also interested to hear what you do like about the Library and what your favourite thing about the Library is.

The best comment or suggestion will win £10 free print credit.

On the day you will be able to speak to Richard Battersby and Irene McGowan from Library Academic Support and Barry Croucher from Help Services. So please pop up for a chat about your Library on Wednesday 15th October, 2-4pm, on the 1st floor, Main Library.

This session will be repeated on Wednesday 22nd October, 2-4pm, with another chance to win £10 free print credit.

We look forward to meeting you.

User Services Division (USD) Managers


What’s on 13th-17th October


Drop in sessions -1st Floor Main Library

13th October- 17th October

Monday Digital Footprint – managing your digital footprint Pebblepad for reflection (2-3pm only)
Tuesday Musical Instrument Museum Collections Meet Laura Shanahan (Head of Collections Development and Access)
Wednesday Smart Searching with Searcher Be in charge of the Library for the day!
Thursday Box of Broadcasts (BoB) – what is it? How to use it? Volunteering and Development with the Library
Friday Your references: get it right first time Survey: Course Collections Review


Managing your digital footprint (13 Oct)

Managing your digital footprint will be at the Pop-Up Library on 13 October 2014 DF_cmyk_maxquality(10:00-12:00)

Do you want to find out how to manage your online presence (digital footprint); how social media can be useful; using social media for research & impact; networking and more? If so, then come along to the first floor, reception desk at the Main Library on 13 October (10:00-12:00).

What can you expect from the session?

  • Advice
  • Demos
  • Information
  • Activities
  • Freebies

Find us on:

Rare Books De-mystified

If you have ever fancied using old or rare books as the basis of a project, or come upon the location “Main Library – Special Collections” in the catalogue, for something you wanted, and not known what to do next, the Library Pop-Up session on Thursday 9th October, 2 – 4pm is for you.
The library has about 400,000 rare books, ranging in date from manuscript books from the eleventh century through early printing from all parts of the world, to modern limited DSCN3413 DSCN3415

editions and books with notes and annotations by scholars and scientists.
Come and see a small selection, showing the sort of thing we have, discover how to find out about them and get access to them. There will be a few you can handle, and Beth and Fiona, our Rare Books Cataloguing Interns will be running tutorials on how to handle them properly.

PebblePad for Reflection

Example of MyEdGE workbook pageDid you know that everyone at the University, student or staff member, has access to a free ePortfolio space? It is called PebblePad and can be accessed via the MyEd portal.

On Wednesday morning (10-12) and Monday afternoon (2-3) come and meet the PebblePad support team who can chat you through the benefits of using your ePortfolio.

PebblePad is a secure, web-based tool that allows you to start capturing your experiences and reflect on them in a structured, re-usable manner – for example using the MyEdGE workbook that is available for all students. PebblePad aims to help you evidence more than simply a degree classification. It aims to help you evidence smaller achievements and skills that you have developed throughout your time at University, not necessarily just in the tutorial room! This kind of record can be incredibly useful when it comes to filling out application forms, whether for jobs or further education opportunities it is helpful to have these reflections to demonstrate the softer skills that you have cultivated.

So, come and chat to us, if you want to know more or have any questions – there will be free pens! We look forward to meeting you.

The PebblePad Team

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