The Science Musum Library and Archives at Wroughton contains original scientific, engineering and technology material from the last 500 years and all of the Science museum's Archive collections.
Since 1992, the Science Museum Library has operated a computerised Online Library Catalogue jointly with Imperial College Libraries.
They welcome all types of researchers, from private researchers to academics and students; from curators, collectors and dealers to enthusiasts, restorers, family and local historians.
For access and services see: http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/about_us/about_the_museum/science_library.aspx
Rob Froud, Chair of SWRLS for 12 years, retired from the Board at the Regional Council meeting on 16th March.
He was presented with a cheque and a bottle of wine from all of his colleagues in SWRLS and wished a long and happy retirement.
Rob, who was awarded the OBE in 2009 for services to public libraries, also retires from his post of Head of Cultural Services with Somerset County Council at the end of March.
Paul Leivers, Head of Cultural Services, Dorset County Council has agreed to act as Chair until the elections at the SWRLS AGM on 14th October.
SWRLS and OCLC have been invited to lead a discussion session on the WorldCat Local Project at the FIL Interlend 2010 conference.
For more details of the conference and how to book a place see: http://www.swrls.org.uk/events.asp and scroll down to 28th June.
Remember, SWRLS will sponsor one palce for members to this conference. If you wish to apply email firstname.lastname@example.org for details
Following the consultation exercise, "Empower, Inform, Enrish", the long awaited review of public libraries has now been published and includes:
- A recommended "Library Offer to the public"
- Ideas for increasing usage
- Governance and delivery models
- Customer service
- Digitisation opportunities
- How to demonstrate relevance
See the full report at http://www.culture.gov.uk/reference_library/consultations/6752.aspx
See the SWRLS response to the original consultation paper here: /assets/empower, inform, enrich consultation questions.doc
The records of the libraries of the National Trust have been loaded onto Copac. This is the first time that the National Trust's catalogue has been available to search online.
The National Trust owns 140 historic libraries, containing around 230,000 titles, generally preserved in the places where they were originally assembled and read. Many are country house libraries, some collected by wealthy bibliophiles, others containing more practical everyday books, including rare provincial printing. Other collections reflect the interests of middle-class readers; some were assembled by literary figures, such as Kipling and Shaw.
Together these libraries provide an unparalleled resource for the study of the history of private book ownership in Britain and Ireland. The collections will be of interest to researchers from a wide range of disciplines, and include a huge variety of materials, from illuminated manuscripts to picture postcards.
To search COPAC go to : http://copac.ac.uk/
The Conarls database of non-English language fiction http://combinedregions.com/Inter-Library_Loans/Locating_Non-English_Language_Fiction has recently been updated to include a number of new collections. Originally compiled to help library staff quickly identify sources of material available for inter-lending within and beyond their own regions, the database describes collections not individual titles held.
The most recent additions to the database are the extensive collections of non-English language fiction material held at The London Library. Sixteen language collections not previously listed, including Basque, Georgian, Ancient and Modern Greek, Icelandic and Maori, have also been added, bringing the total number of collections in the database to almost 1800 and covering 85 languages from Afrikaans to Yoruba. Some of the collections listed in the database are not available for interlending (usually because they are rental collections), and some are available only to other libraries in that region, however all have been included to help show the range and diversity of material held in libraries across the country. Please note that not all libraries belong to the Conarls IRU cost scheme and charge the British Library rate for interlending.
CONARLS are always pleased to add new collections information to the database, please contact Lynn Hodgkins, if you would like yours to be included.
The 2010 Clore Leadership Programme will be inviting applications from exceptional individuals from across the cultural sector with the potential to take on significant leadership roles. The Fellowship Programme aims to shape emerging creative leaders through in-depth learning, tailored as far as possible to the needs, aspirations and circumstances of about 20 individuals a year. Fellows also benefit from unparalleled access to senior cultural leaders and to extensive networks.
The structure of the programme includes:
§ residential courses
§ an extended placement
§ original research
§ individually-selected training, mentoring and coaching.
New developments to the Fellowships in 2010 include greater focus, with most Fellows able to complete the core of the Programme in a concentrated six-month period, plus an introductory two-week residential course. Fellows can choose to take a period of six months away from work and receive a bursary while doing their programme, or continue to be attached to their place of work, with their employer being compensated for the sustained periods when they're away.
We welcome applications for general Fellowships from people working across a wide range of creative and cultural activity, and also from those from outside the cultural sector who want to develop as a leader within it. In addition, we also offer some Fellowships focused on particular specialisms or geographical areas. These vary from year to year and can be found on our website.
The closing date for all applications is the 12 March 2010. For further details on the Programme and to access the online application form please visit www.cloreleadership.org
Getting on with IT!;
Benefiting from, and coping with changing technology in library services
The presentations from the joint SWRLS / JISC RSC SW one day conference are available now here:
http://www.rsc-south-west.ac.uk/index.php?p=11 scroll down to see individual papers.
This new NVQ Level 3 (7371) is launched from January 2010
For full details of this course see this Progress Your Library Career leaflet
For information on other courses available in the SW see the website at: http://www.swrls.org.uk/SWRLS_Activities/Professional_Training_and_Career_Info
Have a look at ILL Gateway/Music
This section of the website has recently been greatly enlarged with the help of SW Music Librarians.
Visit it now for sites that will help find everything related to music queries, from TV theme tunes to classical sheet music suppliers and Vocal sets to song indexes.