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.