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Local Studies Scotland (LocScot)

Local Studies Scotland (LocScot) is an organisation devoted to the care and dissemination of local and family history material in Scotland. Most of our members are librarians who work in the front line of local studies, but we also have academics, experts, and interested folk and organisations from the history and heritage sector.

We are the Scottish sub-group of the CILIP Local Studies Group.

More about us

  • LocScot runs and helps to organise various events throughout the year
  • LocScot represents local and family history interests in a wide variety of Scottish cultural and historical forums
  • LocScot sets guidelines for local studies provision in libraries
  • Join in discussion and keep up to date on the LocScot JISCmail list –  

How to join Locscot

CILIP members – to add as a new group, or switch groups, contact CILIP membership. Tel: 020 7255 0602, email:


The LocScot blog can be found at



David Oswald, Local Studies Librarian, Aberdeen City Libraries, Aberdeen Central Library,  Rosemount Viaduct,  Aberdeen AB25 1GW

Tel: 01224 652515, e-mail:


Colin Duncan, Information Services Librarian, Inverclyde Libraries, McLean Museum and Art Gallery, 15 Kelly Street, Greenock. PA16 8J

Tel: 01475 715625, e-mail:


Jennifer Giles, Curator (Scottish Communities & Organisations) – General Collections, National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW

Tel: 0131 623 3910, email:

Web editor

Iain Duffus, Lifelong Learning Library Development Leader, Edinburgh Central Library, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH1 1EG

Other Committee members

Scott Broadfoot, Information Services Librarian, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, East Kilbride Central Library, Olympia Shopping Centre, Churchill Avenue, East Kilbride, G74 1PG

Alison Burgess, Local Studies Officer, Dumfries and Galloway Libraries, Information and Archives, Ewart Library, Catherine Street, Dumfries DG1 1JB

Tel: 01387 253820   [also 01387 269254 (Archives Centre)], email:

Sara Kelly, Local Studies Officer, Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries, 1 Abott Street, Dunfermline, KY12 7NL

Tel: 03451 555555 ext 493141, email:

Clare Padgett, Lifelong Learning Library Development Leader, Edinburgh Central Library, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EG

Tel: 0131 242 8033, email:

Craig Statham, Map Reading Room Manager, National Library of Scotland, 33 Salisbury Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1SL

Local Studies Scotland (LocScot)
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