Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Happy Christmas

Seasons Greetings as shared on Twitter by some of our members:

Happy Christmas! See you in 2014.

Friday, 13 December 2013

SALCTG courses are ace!

In November, SALCTG held two training days and we've just collated all the feedback forms. Here are some of the things attendees said.

Management and Leadership (GCU)

Lorna Sinclair of MLS Associates led two half day sessions, Managing your time and managing your projects and Introduction to leadership and management. These could also be attended together as a full day course. Comments included:
  • It was a very instructive day
  • The course was really interesting and illuminating
  • Thought the trainer was very good. There was a good mixture of talking by her and participation
  • A good mix of information, group exercises and discussion took place, my attendance on this half-day course was time well spent

Managing Student Behaviour (Strathclyde)

Ash Charlton has been a popular trainer with SALCTG over the last few years and this is the third time Managing student behaviour has run to a full house. What did they think? Here's a selection of views:
  • Great course – lots of fun
  • Enjoyed the day.  Made me look at the way I approach students, will modify my own behaviour & language when dealing with students
  • Trainer was very personable. Gave good, relevant examples from own experience across multiple positions, all interchangeable with library work
  • The tutor was fantastic, a really enjoyable session
SALCTG is now planning its programme for 2014 and would love to hear your ideas. If you have any suggestions for future courses, please leave them in the comments below and we'll add them to the list for consideration. Thank you!

Monday, 2 December 2013

Book Week Scotland

What did SALCTG member institutions get up to for Book Week Scotland this year?


Special Collections at Aberdeen held a bookbinding workshop.

Edinburgh Napier

Not from the Library - but it does have a role in video 2. MSc Publishing students have made a series of promotional videos for BWS.

Glasgow School of Art

GSA had both a Book Swap Table and a Speed Dating book recommendation event.


Information Services organised a Big Book Bash Lucky Dip in the Edinburgh Campus Library for staff and students on 25 November 2013, with all proceeds going to the Scottish Book Trust. Photographs at the links - and look how much they made!

National Library of Scotland

There were events on all week at NLS - here are just a couple, a display of the mysterious Edinburgh Book Sculptures and a week long series of Hidden Library activities run by the reader in Residence.

Robert Gordon

The launch of RGU's Changing Pages exhibition co-incided with the beginning of Book Week Scotland. Students on the Contemporary Art Practice course at Gray's School of Art have added their selection of hand made ‘chap books’ to the serried ranks of more conventional volumes in the University’s library. The poster is beautiful and very appropriate.


Stirling's MacRobert Arts Centre held some events for BWS.
So - if your library didn't do anything special for BWS, has any of the above inspired you? The next big celebration is National Libraries Day which will be celebrated on Saturday 8th February and the week running up to it. The NLD site suggests that university libraries could go open access for the day and show people what they do and / or invite the decision makers in the organisation to the library for a personal tour. NLD also came up at a Library Camp session, one idea being that HE libraries invited their local public library to have a stall and promote awareness to students who might not know what public libraries could offer them - their books and e-resources could complement what the university has to offer. If you have any other ideas, please leave a comment below.

Monday, 28 October 2013

SALCTG goes to Library Camp

The Camp begins with a plenary session to decide the agenda
All photos courtesy of Lynn Corrigan
Library Camp Glasgow took place on Saturday, 26th October at the Mitchell Library.

A Library Camp is:
  • A user generated unconference
  • Open to anyone interested in libraries
  • Free to attend
Library Camp Glasgow was the first ever in Scotland, and had:
  • Library Camp Bingo
  • A Best Badge competition (which became known on Twitter as the #greatbritishbadgeoff)
  • Soapbox rants
  • Four slots each with two or three parallel sessions proposed by attendees
  • Tours of the Mitchell
About 55 people came and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. But what has it to do with SALCTG? Well, SALCTG was a major sponsor paying for afternoon tea and some of the prizes. A good number of people there were from member institutions, including four current reps: Karen McAulay, Andrew McDougall, Marjory McKean and Laurie Roberts. In fact, Karen won one of the badge prizes and Andrew won the rant. These were NOT fixes - the rant was decided by secret ballot, and two Mitchell staff who knew none of the contenders were seized upon to judge the badges. Congratulations to both!

Presenting Andrew with his prize for best rant 
Best badges: Karen and former SALCTG rep Sheila Williams

As organiser of Library Camp Glasgow I'm so grateful for SALCTG's support. There will almost certainly be another Scottish Library Camp next year. I hope to see you there!

Anabel Marsh

Management and Leadership courses, GCU, 20/11/13

SALCTG is delighted to announce two half day courses on management and leadership to be held at Glasgow Caledonian University on the 20th of November. The trainer is Lorna Sinclair, MLS Associates, and the courses can be booked as an all-day package with lunch or individually. Lunch (12.30-13.30) can also be added to the morning or afternoon session.

Session 1 Managing Your Time and Managing Your Projects (Registration 0915)

Objectives of half day session (9.30am-12.30pm):
  • To introduce/review good practice and the skills involved in managing projects
  • To analyse how you currently use your time and other people’s time and to develop effective techniques for managing your workload
  • To increase overall awareness of the importance of managing projects and time, and the impact this has on your success
Learning outcomes:
  • To understand and be able to utilise basic concepts in managing, or participating in, projects such as:- the objectives of a project, the deliverables, the importance of the time plan/schedule, key milestones, stake-holder interest, risk management.
  • To understand where your time goes and why, and what you can do about it, learning  practical tips such as:-  coping with urgent versus important work;  planning for long-, medium- and short- term goals; dealing with interruptions; being aware of procrastination; recognising time-wasting habits, timing meetings.
The approach will be flexible to take into account participants’ experience and development needs, with professional input from the facilitator, practical sessions and group discussions.

Session 2 Introduction to Leadership and Management (Registration 1315)

Objectives of half day session (1.30pm-4.30pm):
  • To develop understanding of how good leadership and management contribute to success at work
  • To become more aware of  and understand the different styles and approaches to managing people
  • To develop insight into  how teams work within departments and across organisations
  • To maximise the value of effective communications
Learning outcomes:
  • To know the difference between leadership of people and managing people
  • To know about ‘teams at work’ and be able to  identify the advantages of appropriate team development
  • To reflect on and plan how our own teams can work more effectively
  • To have examined the increasing importance of communications, particularly face-to-face, to maximise impact and influence
The session will be facilitated with a flexible approach to take into account participants’ experience and development needs. There will be professional input from the facilitator, group discussions and practical exercises.



SALCTG member: 

Half-day: £35
Lunch: £15
Full day (includes lunch): £70

Non-member :

Half day: £45
Lunch: £20
Full day (includes lunch): £85



The sessions will be held in Seminar Room 1, on Level 1 of the Saltire Centre Library. Please see the maps of both Glasgow, where we are close to both Buchanan Street Bus station, and the GCU campus map, where we are building number 10, for directions.



Please complete the online form which also has contact details for questions.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Dates for your diary

After a quiet summer, SALCTG is back in action this autumn:

Library Camp Glasgow at the Mitchell. SALCTG is a major sponsor of this event


Plenary for SALCTG reps at QMU


Leadership, Management and Managing Teams with Lorna Sinclair at GCU


Managing Student Behaviour. A repeat of this popular Ash Charlton course at Strathclyde

 More details about the November courses available soon!

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Volunteer Opportunity in Leadhills, South Lanarkshire

We've heard that Leadhills Miners Library, an old Scottish subscription library, needs skilled volunteers. This could be a good opportunity for someone with library skills and a bit of time to spare - and would enrich your CV at the same time. 

Contact details can be found at the website:-

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Glasgow School of Art visit 28/6/13

SALCTG West and GLTU visited Glasgow School of Art last week - see the Storify below for a snapshot of reactions. At the very bottom are links to the GSA Library and GLTU blogs which have more detailed reviews if you are interested. From an academic library point of view, the highlights were InfosmART, GSA's information literacy programme which you probably already know about, and The Hatchery which is very new and might not, therefore, be known to everyone. This is a site to showcase how artists, writers and creatives have used GSA's collections to inspire, challenge or expand their practice; an excellent idea which other libraries might want to investigate for their own areas of expertise.

Friday, 21 June 2013

SALCTG Research Support Workshop Presentations

Colin Bovaird is happy to report a successful outcome for the recent SALCTG Research Support Workshop, and we thought it would be nice to share the presentations with you.  Congratulations to Colin on a great day!

Research support: new roles, new responsibilities

University of Glasgow Library

18 June 2013

Dr Birgit Plietzsch spoke about 'RDM within Research Computing Support'

Valerie McCutcheon spoke about 'Open Access - Responding to Stakeholder Needs'

John MacColl spoke about 'Aggregating Responsibility for Research Collections' 

Joy Davidson spoke about 'Data Management Planning: an Introduction'


Moira Bent gave a presentation entitled, 'Facilitating Informed Research: Old Wine in New Bottles'

Antony Brewerton spoke about 'Supporting Research: new Opportunities for 'subject librarians''

Antony Brewerton "Supporting research: new opportunities for 'subject librarians'" SALCTG June 2013 from SALCTG

Helen Muir spoke about the role of a research support librarian:- 


Monday, 17 June 2013

SALCTG meets CSPG (Customer Services Practitioners Group)

What are we for?  What are we doing?

Karen has been honing her PowerPoint skills to give a pecha kucha presentation on SALCTG's behalf, at the forthcoming Customer Services Practitioners Group meeting at Glasgow Caledonian University on Thursday 20th June.  Timed transitions?  Visible countdowns?  Nothing to it!  (Read more...)

Here's the link to the presentation itself:

Friday, 24 May 2013

City of Glasgow College - a successful visit

The joint SALCTG / GLTU visit to City of Glasgow College Library took place yesterday. There was an excellent attendance (20), and everyone enjoyed it and found something to interest them. Some of the feedback is shown below. For more information and a picture gallery, please see the GLTU blog.

  • Just to thank you for having organised this. I was very edified by the library and thought Tony's pride in it was well warranted. Hope to see you at another event sometime soon!
  • Really inspiring tour of the City of Glasgow College library from Tony Donnelly yesterday. Thanks for arranging it.

I noticed attendees from the University of Strathclyde were filling out "mystery shopper" type forms, so it would be really interesting to add the results of those, and anything else in the way of pictures or reviews  that you have. (Here, for example, is Donna's review.) Please also feel free to leave your reactions in the comments.

Monday, 22 April 2013

City of Glasgow College visit, 23/05/13

Tony Donnelly, Librarian at City of Glasgow College, has kindly agreed to show members of SALCTG and GLTU (Glasgow Library Tweetups) around the Library at City Campus on the above date from 14.45 - 15.45. The College was formed when Central College, Glasgow Metropolitan College and Glasgow College of Nautical Studies merged on 1st September 2010, and the library has been extensively refurbished. The tour will demonstrate how thinking has moved on since Level 1 was remodelled in 2007 to the new design and features incorporated into the Level 2 Library opened in September 2012. For more information and to book, please go to the visit's Eventbrite page. Places are limited to 20.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Research Support Event: New Roles, New Relationships,18.6.13

Research Support: New Roles, New Relationships

A one-day workshop for staff in academic libraries presented by SALCTG (Scottish Academic Libraries Cooperative Training Group)

18 June 2013 at University of Glasgow Library

Many academic libraries find themselves operating in an environment where research is king. Faced with the prospect of becoming marginalised if they fail to align themselves with this overriding institutional priority, they are having to reorient their services in order to respond better to the needs of the research community.

As a consequence, librarians in liaison and subject support roles are increasingly being expected to acquire new skills and knowledge – often in areas well outside their traditional areas of expertise. They are also having to form new relationships with researchers: helping to meet information needs covering the whole range of the research process, from applying for funding through to publication and quality assessment.

The morning session of this workshop will seek to get to grips with the issues: what researchers really want from us; what we need to change to meet these needs better; and what a successful research support service might look like. The afternoon session will look in detail at three topics that are particularly key at the moment (collection development, Open Access and data management), and will provide a forum for discussion with a panel made up from speakers at the event.

Speakers include :

  • Antony Brewerton (Head of Academic Services, University of Warwick Library) 
  • Moira Bent (Faculty Liaison Librarian and National Teaching Fellow at Newcastle University) 
  • Helen Muir (Research Support Librarian, Queen Margaret University)  
  • John MacColl (University Librarian and Director of Library Services, University of St Andrews) 
  • Valerie McCutcheon (Research Information Manager, University of Glasgow) will give an update on Open Access publishing looking at the implications of the Finch Report and new funding mechanisms.
  • Birgit Plietzsch (Research Computing Team Leader, University of St Andrews) 
There will also be a short presentation by a researcher on their experience of undertaking a research project, giving an insight into what is involved - from formulating an idea through to publication, dissemination and assessment.
The event will conclude with a panel discussion, led by Helen Durndell, Librarian at the University of Glasgow. The day will provide a chance for participants to share their experiences in developing research support and to look at possible areas for collaboration.

  • Date: 18 June 2013
  • Venue: Level 4 annexe, University of Glasgow Library
  • Time: Registration and coffee 10:00; Workshop 10:30–16:00
  • Cost: £65 for staff from SALCTG member institutions; £75 non-members. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
  • Approx. 30 places are available. Booking is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Book online via our Eventbrite page: http://salctgresearchsupport.eventbrite.co.uk

Thursday, 7 February 2013

National Libraries Day Scotland - Saturday 9 February 2013

Our redoubtable TweetUp champion, Anabel Marsh, reminds everyone that Saturday is a big day for libraries.

Here are her suggestions for Twitter and other activities that you might like to join in:-

'GLTU has embarked upon a project to tweet a "snapshot" of Scottish Libraries on National Libraries Day (Saturday 9th) or the week running up to it. Full details are on the blog:
It would be great if as many people as possible joined in, especially library users, so please circulate the information as widely as possible by whatever means you can. I'll be tweeting about this too: tweets / retweets from you all welcome.'
 Anabel's Blogs can be found here, and she tweets as @AnabelMarsh.