Moving Image Archive tour and social, 21 August 2017

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12-screen video wall, Steenbeck flatbed editor and SLLG members browsing film memorabilia

Last week, a group of SLLG members dandered along to Kelvin Hall, home of the National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive since September 2016.

Following a £35 million refurbishment, Kelvin Hall reopened last year as one of the UK’s biggest museums and research centres, a project in joint partnership between Glasgow University, the Hunterian, Glasgow Museums, the National Library of Scotland and Glasgow City Council.

As well as hosting the Moving Image Archive, this interactive space allows visitors to access the National Library’s digital licensed collections including films, maps, books and manuscripts in electronic format.

Moving Image Archive

For those who are unfamiliar, the Archive, previously a department of the one-time Scottish Screen, has been part of the National Library of Scotland since 2007. Its main purpose is to collect, preserve and promote access to films capturing Scottish culture and history, from the early days of film-making to the present day. In addition, the Archive includes a wide range of manuscript, printed material and memorabilia (check out the Steenbeck) relating to the development of cinema exhibition and film production in Scotland since 1896.

Learning and outreach

Moving from the outskirts of Glasgow last year to this more prominent position in the West End, public engagement is high on the agenda with opportunities for further learning provided through screenings, workshops, projects and online resources such as Scotland on Screen.

The National Library at Kelvin Hall is open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday, with Mondays and Wednesday mornings reserved for appointment-only visits by school classes and special-interest groups such as ours!

Learning and Outreach Officer, Sheena MacDougall, was our very knowledgeable guide for the afternoon. As a filmmaker herself, Sheena’s passion for the collections was clear and she deftly handled group members’ many and varied questions relating to acquisition, preservation and cataloguing of items, while providing us with opportunities to explore the interactive screens and exhibits.

Using footage

Of course, “us law librarians” were interested to learn about copyright policies and trends. Like other formats, much will depend on method of acquisition, whether they be home movies donated by family members or cellulose nitrate reels (saved from a closing picture house) awaiting spontaneous combustion in someone’s attic! For items in copyright, the Library doesn’t give permission directly but can, where possible, provide copyright holder contact details on a case-by-case basis.

Professional filmmakers may receive public investment on the proviso that content is made accessible by the Archive, either onsite only or remotely via the website. The Moving Image Archive catalogue includes copyright information, as well as filters such as “Video availability” allowing you to select content based on permissions. More information on using footage can be found on the Archive website, including how to obtain copies of films.

A sense of place

Other catalogue filters include year, place, subject and many more, providing a hook for people of all ages and backgrounds. SLLG members got stuck in browsing by familiar towns (Largs, Melrose…) and were transported to different places and times with folk doing the same old things: singing, chasing after balls and sailing doon the watter.

It’s easy to envisage public libraries, schools and community groups finding great uses for this national resource, especially considering that screen media is the dominant form of cultural communication in this country. Again, the Scotland on Screen website contains further information on moving image education (MIE), including tutorials on discussing and analysing films, as well as creating a moving image essay.

West End delights

I could go on and on about this treasure trove of film and video but we must move on, as we did down Argyle Street to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, BrewDog and finally Mother India restaurant (“Not the café!”) on Westminster Terrace.

It may be a cliché but Mother India is a Glasgow, and now Edinburgh, institution. What a treat to dine on delicious food and catch up with long-standing, new and returning members before dashing for the train back east.

Many thanks to all who helped to make the afternoon and evening a success.

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SWOP chats with the Scottish Law Librarians Group

Thanks to SWOP Forum for inviting a guest post from SLLG. SLLG Blog has reblogged as it believes SLLG members will also find interest in it as it highlights why members should continue to support colleagues and champion the SLLG. Please click on the link below for the full original posting.

SWOP Forum

Shasllgcrest - Copy (2)rron Wilson recently chatted with her Advocates Library colleague David Brown about the role of Professional Groups.  David is a Committee Member from the Scottish Law Librarians Group (SLLG). This is what David had to say…….

 CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR ROLE?

I am the Senior Bibliographic Services Assistant. I’ve worked for the Faculty of Advocates for 14 years: beginning as a book cleaner, then as a support assistant (loose-leaf updating and shelving) in my first year. I really enjoy my current post and working in the library.

My main responsibilities are:

  • Cataloguing accessions and maintaining the records of the library catalogue
  • Managing the space and physical stock in the library
  • Administering conservation and preservation of the rare materials
  • Project managing an annual book cleaning programme

Like most law librarians I find myself involved in various functions of the library: from regular covering of the enquiry service…

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SLLG SSNaP meetings

In convenor’s recent email to SLLG members, Alison mentioned the committee’s launch of the Short Skills Networking and Presentations series, or SSNaP meetings.

The concept behind SSNaP meetings is for SLLG members (or guests) to lead small scaled, quick sessions freely for other SLLG members.

The potential forms or topics for these sessions are only limited to the ideas from those who want to lead them. They can be anything, such as:

  • Single subject specific discussions
  • Presentations on a project
  • Imparting skills
  • Sharing of experiences
  • Work shopping a potential new library system
  • Tour
  • Used to canvas others’ advice, insight and knowledge

SSNaP meetings are intended to be quick and easily put together to slot into a working day, or a lunch hour. They can be arranged at relatively short notice, if need be. They have the structural intention so that even with only a very few in attendance, those who attend will gain value from them.

Any member can lead one of these meetings and the committee will give them support.

To launch this new series for the SLLG, Sharron from the Advocates Library is offering the group an information session on “Serials Management” in the Autumn. Lasting up to an hour and hosted at her office desk, Sharron is willing to be directed during the session by the questions and interests of those attending.

As the committee, we have been delighted to disseminate the details of this SSNaP to the members and are sure that it will attract interest within the group.

We are happy to do this for all members who would like to lead a SSNaP of their own. The idea digs to the essence of what the SLLG is for: Law Librarians helping one another in their daily work. And, of course, it also adds to vital development opportunities and experience for all those involved.

Please contact a member of the committee if you would like to… SSNaP into action! (sorry!)

SLLG advert in Avizandum Catalogue, Spring 2016

An advertisement for the SLLG is printed in the Avizandum Scots Law Bookshop Catalogue, Spring 2016.

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The SLLG welcomes all information professionals, support and administrative staff responsible for information provision in a workplace.

Anyone receiving the catalogue from Avizandum is likely to find an awareness of the SLLG useful and consider a membership beneficial.

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The catalogue is also available in PDF from Avizandum’s website.