Get the best from the Library week @Pop-up Library

IFAll next week, 27th-31st October, the afternoon Pop-up Library sessions are being taken over by the Library Academic Support team for Get the Best from the Library Week.

Get the Best from the Library Week is all about helping you find out more about how the Library can work for you at the University of Edinburgh. So why not pop up and meet us at the 1st floor, Main Library between 2-4pm every day next week.

During the Get the Best from the Library Week you can:

  • Discover the full range of information resources available to you
  • Find out about new resources purchased recently
  • Get one-to-one support from a library specialist in your subject area

The Library Academic Support team provides support to staff and students for all matters relating to library services, so no matter what your question is, we aim to help.

You can find out what subject areas are being covered each afternoon from the Get the Best from the Library Week timetable.

Hope to see you there!

Brought to you by the Library Academic Support Team.

For the love of Gaelic (and everything else Scottish).

The School of Scottish Studies Archives holds:

  • over 30,000 sound recordings
  • 320 film / video items
  • over 50,000 images
  • manuscript collections

As part of the University’s Gaelic Week programme of events we will be popping-up at the first floor reception desk in the University Library on Thursday 23 October, 2-4pm. We will be highlighting some of our Gaelic holdings but will also have information available on all of our collections.

Over the past sixty years, fieldworkers at the School of Scottish Studies have collected thousands of audio recordings of songs, music, tales, verse, customs, belief, oral history and much more in Gaelic, Scots and English. These are complemented by film, photographic and manuscript collections. From rallying political songs to soothing lullabies, supernatural tales to humorous anecdotes, traditional crafts to fire festivals; the full range of Scotland’s cultural legacy is represented and brought to life in this rich tapestry of archive material.

The School of Scottish Studies Archives Peter Cooke interviewing George Moss

The School of Scottish Studies Archives
Peter Cooke interviewing George Moss

There will be an opportunity to listen to some of our thousands of recordings, many of which can be accessed online via the Tobar an Dualchais / Kist o’ Riches website.

You can also learn, hands on, about the history of sound recording. Sound recordings were made using a variety of recording machines from wax cylinders to DAT tapes and digital memory cards. For many decades the reel to reel recording machine using quarter-inch magnetic tape was the standard and as a result the vast majority of our archive recordings are on open reel tape.

We invite you to come along to make your own recording using an open reel tape machine! You can record your own message or why not try one of the Gaelic or Scots sayings that we have selected? You can take the section of tape away with you, and we will also give you a QR code so that you can then listen to your recording online.

All this and more at the School of Scottish Studies Archives Pop-Up Library session on Thursday 23 October, 2-4pm.

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freebies, prizes and your digital footprint

Pop_2014-10-20_sManaging your digital footprint was at the Pop-Up Library this morning (20 October 2014) and we will be back on 3 November with more freebies, prizes and activities.

What is your digital footprint?
It’s the data you leave behind when you go online. It’s what you’ve said, what others have said about you, where you’ve been, images you’re tagged in, personal information, social media profiles and much more.

Prizes and activities
(Eligibility: University of Edinburgh students)

  • You could win a Kindle! There are a number of ‘you have found a foot’ posters around campus. There are also a number of ‘you have found a foot’ images on various University web pages, Facebook pages and blogs. Find at least 5 (all on campus, all online, or both) and enter the competition for an opportunity to win a Kindle*.The competition will take place from 29 Sept-31 Oct 2014.
  • You could win a £10 book token! Take a few minutes to complete the ‘managing your digital footprint’ survey. Further details
  • Contribute to our virtual walls (Padlets). We would like you to contribute to the virtual walls (Padlet), so that we can collect and share a variety of resources. You can add text, links, images, and audio to the virtual wall. You can add as many as you would like to the different Padlets. Further details

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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