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#Library5 Day 1

To kick off #Library5 in keeping with the theme of Libraries Week 2019, ‘Celebrating Libraries in a Digital World’, we chose Digital Resources. One of the most important offers from libraries are the online services and resources they provide which are crucial for broadening access and meeting demand in the modern world. Libraries provide access to technology and the Internet, and help to develop the digital skills and literacy of their communities. The following content shared demonstrates this.

  • Showing how libraries are committed to being accessible spaces for all, the National Library of Scotland at Kelvinhall shared some information on their Access Center. This is a digital space offering 18 PCs that patrons can use to access online resources. 3 of these have Dolphin software installed meaning they support people with sight loss and dyslexia.
  • Shetland Library posted about the Digital Drop that took place the weekend before Libaries Week. This was attended by a whopping 90 people!! This is a fab example of how libraries help people develop the skills they need to get online. Similarly, check out Code Club at Eilean Siar (Western Isles) Libraries!
  • University Libraries provide crucial access to expensive databases, journals, and e-books for their students and staff. Edinburgh Napier University Library draws attention to their Library Search  and also their online resources for researchers called the Research Cycle.
  • School libraries provide pupils with important digital access and resources. School Librarian, Shelagh Toonen shared a picture of S6 pupils using online resources for various purposes such as UCAS applications and theory tests practice!
  • West College Scotland Library highlighted the range of resources available for their students and staff. Any students need to learn about anatomy? They can use Anatomy.TV!
  • Renfrewshire Libraries shared information about their ebook and audio collection available for members. They also Tweeted that e-magazines can be borrowed for free using a library card – many library services offer this but often not many people realise so it was fab to see Renfrewshire Libraries raising awareness.
  • Scottish Poetry Library has a guide to Scottish Poets from A-Y…does anybody know of a poet to fill the Z space? You can also check out their Poetry Podcast.
  • Linking Libraries Week and Mental Health Awareness Week, University of Strathclyde share their curated Wellbeing Collection – an amazing resource!
  • CultureNL Libraries highlighted that there are loads of digital resources available online for their library members. Chris Wilson, E-Services Librarian at NL Libraries also shared an individual post challenging followers to download Borrow Box and use their NL library membership to log in.
  • University of Stirling Information Services used #Library5 to let us all know that they have increased study space in the library by an amazing 25%! Available in this space are group study pods that let students connect their devices wirelessly to a big screen.
  • Edinburgh Central Library need your help to identify Edinburgh’s past! They have thousands of digitised images – do you know anything about them? If so, you can help them to develop this digital resource. Edinburgh Libraries also shared their A-Z of e-resources.
  • Orkney Library shared their wide range of digital resources such as e-books, driving theory test, and FREE music!
  • The National Library of Scotland Maps team Tweeted about the massive collection of maps they have online…more than 200,000 maps for you to peruse.
  • GCU have an online Copyright Advisor – copyright can be a tricky area but information professionals are here to support users with queries.
  • Scottish Poetry Library has a guide to Scottish Poets from A-Y…does anybody know of a Z poet? You can also check out their Poetry Podcast.
  • Subject Librarian at Edinburgh Napier, Laura, shared a thread of her favourite digital resources.
  • University of Glasgow Archives and Special Collections Tweeted about the work they do with the photo unit to digitise their collections.
  • Durham Cathedral Library shared some old manuscripts that have been digitised and are now free to view online.
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