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Announcing #GLTU15 – Gartnavel Hospitals, 28th April

24 Mar
Library at Gartnavel General

Library at Gartnavel General

I’m happy to tell you that #GLTU15 has now been fixed for the afternoon of Tuesday, 28th April at 2pm. We’ll be visiting the libraries at Gartnavel: the General and Royal Hospitals, the Beatson and the Public Health Resource Unit. I had a preview before Christmas, so pop over to the post I wrote then for more pictures – it was a fabulous afternoon and I learned a lot about the variety of work in health librarianship. Many thanks to Shona McQuistan for all her work organising this.

Getting to Gartnavel is easy – it’s well served by buses on Great Western Road (there’s a stop just next to the hospital) or by Hyndland Station (via the footbridge – turn right on the bridge then left at the bottom of the steps.) I don’t recommend driving – the carpark is always full, though there is the option of paying to park at the nearby Pond Hotel.

We’ll meet just before 2pm at WH Smith’s at the main entrance to Gartnavel General. There’s a fair amount of walking between buildings, so dress for the weather – if it’s nice, we can enjoy the grounds. If it’s not, we’ll run! The visit will finish by 5pm, after which there is the option of a traditional GLTU curry. Indian Platform is just across the road and opens, conveniently, at 5.

How to book? Numbers are limited to 10 so I haven’t bothered with an Eventbrite page. Contact me by leaving a comment below, tweeting @AnabelMarsh or emailing anabelmarshATgooglemailDOTcom. Make sure to tell me whether you are booking for the visit, the curry or both. I look forward to seeing you there.

#GLTU14 Charcoals

10 Feb


Seven Glasgow library tweeps met up for curry and a chat last week, at Charcoals on Renfield Street. I meant to take lots of pictures of the food, but I’m afraid we descended on it like a plague of locusts and it was all gone before I remembered. So not a great deal to say about #GLTU14 except that it was good food and good company!

Looking ahead, you might remember that before Christmas I mentioned a possible visit to the libraries at Gartnavel (see this post for details). I now have a provisional date – Tuesday, 28th April. Put it in your diary now, and confirmation and more details will follow.

#GLTU14 – a curry and a chat

20 Jan

A table has been booked at Charcoals on Renfield Street for 6pm on Thursday, February 5th. Six of us have signed up already – care to join us for a curry and a chat? If so, please let me know asap by commenting below or tweeting @AnabelMarsh. The pictures above are from our last visit to Charcoals (#GLTU11) and, I hope, will whet your appetite!

#GLTU12 – Travelling Librarians

17 Mar
Michael Charlton and Kirsten McCormick

Michael Charlton and Kirsten McCormick

22 librarians gathered in the Saltire Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University, last Wednesday for Travelling Librarians, an event hosted jointly by GLTU and the newly reformed CILIPS West Branch. Heather Marshall (@macmarsha), CILIPS West Secretary, organised excellent hospitality and Robert Ruthven (@Bgbop), both CILIPS President and CILIPS West Chair, extended a warm welcome. We had two great speakers in Kirsten McCormick and Michael Charlton, and afterwards 16 of us repaired to Masala Twist on Hope Street for a warming curry and a chat.

Kirsten McCormick – Australia

Kirsten is Librarian, General Services, at Glasgow’s Mitchell Library. As the recipient of the CILIP / ESU Travelling Librarian Award for 2013, she spent a month travelling around Australian libraries researching ways in which they record major sporting events and their legacies for the social record. This experience, which has had an immediate beneficial impact on her professional development and on the work that she does at the Mitchell, particularly with relation to the forthcoming Commonwealth Games, was described in the first part of her talk. In the second part, Kirsten gave tips on applying for this year’s award (closing date 28th April). She’s very happy to help anyone who wants to apply – her contact details are in her slides.

Michael Charlton – Peru

Michael is Head of Research at Mildwaters Consulting LLP. In 2012, he spent 5 months in Zapallal, Peru, where he created a library and learning centre for the 40 children, aged 5-18, who live in the Project Peru children’s refuge. The children at the refuge come from communities of extreme poverty and where there is no culture of reading for pleasure and studying for educational and vocational purposes. Michael told us about his experience working with the children and the community of Zapallal, and showed how the library developed from an idea into a real place of learning and fun. He also made an impassioned plea for help with Project Peru by donating or volunteering – as Michael points out, a room full of books needs a librarian to become a library. Michael’s talk can be viewed on Prezi.

The curry

A curry has become almost obligatory as part of a Glasgow tweetup. This was a good one! Here’s a room full of librarians anticipating their dinner:

And here is some of what we got!

Thanks to everyone who came and made this such an enjoyable event.

#GLTU11 – Books and Bhoona

2 Dec

As part of this year’s Book Week Scotland, Scottish Book Trust encouraged everyone to organise their own Big Book Bash. GLTU obliged with Books and Bhoona on Friday 29th November – though having reached the giddy heights of 8 possibles, then settled down with 5 on the night, this book bash turned out to be on the small side.

The idea was to enjoy a curry together (which we did at Charcoals on Renfield Street) along with a mystery book swap. Everyone brought a book they had enjoyed, wrapped up with a note as to why they had picked it. At the end of the night we swapped books and everyone went home with something new to read. I’m hoping that we might all feel encouraged, maybe after Christmas, to add our thoughts to those of the donor and produce some reviews for this blog.

The books were:

  1. John Fowles French Lieutenant’s Woman
  2. Michelle Magorian Goodnight Mr Tom
  3. Alberto Manguel The Library at Night
  4. Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  5. Amy Tan The Bonesetter’s Daughter

Watch this space!


#GLTU10: Glasgow School of Art 28/6/13

2 Jul
Glasgow School of Art

Glasgow School of Art

Nine of us gathered in the magnificent Mackintosh Building (pictured above) for the latest GLTU visit, to @GSALibrary, and the second in collaboration with SALCTG. The Glasgow School of Art is internationally recognised as one of Europe’s foremost university-level institutions for creative education and research in fine art, design and architecture. The school was founded in 1845 as a centre of creativity promoting good design for the manufacturing industries and since then, has continuously evolved to reflect the needs of communities and embrace technological developments.

Unfortunately, the Mackintosh Library itself is closed for refurbishment, as is the present day library, but the Archive was a more than acceptable substitute. First of all, there was a tour of the archives by Archivist Susannah Waters, taking in the School’s heritage and the growth of the archive. After tea and cake (no library gathering is complete without them) Graduate Library Trainee Jennifer Higgins gave a presentation on how the Library supports students and researchers to interact with, and use, the range of resources available to them. There was a particular focus on the use of InfosmART, the School’s portfolio of online interactive modules in information and research skills which has been specifically designed for creative practitioners.

Jennifer herself (@matildawoodworm) has written a comprehensive account of the visit on the GSA Library News blog, so I’ll restrict myself to a few (of the many) points that particularly appealed to me.

  • GSA started out in what is now Tinderbox on Ingram Street. I knew it had once occupied the McLellan Galleries, but didn’t know this.
  • Archive items which might sound dull on the face of it have extra layers of interest in an art school. Prospectuses have beautiful covers. Inventories, dating from the 1850s, can include everything from books to plaster casts. Student registers throw up some very well-known names. (It was quite a thrill to see the page with entries for Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Margaret and Frances MacDonald and Herbert MacNair.) Correspondence can throw up gems about which kind of animals should be used for life-drawing (not lions apparently).
  • Magnificent artwork can be casually produced from a drawer, for example, a picture of an Italian farmhouse by Joan Eardley which she painted while on a travelling scholarship in the 1940s.
  • The information seeking behaviour of art school students is different from others in HE – it’s very visual, with a heavy reliance on browsing. No getting irritated with the student looking for a “red book”! (This was actually quite familiar to me from working at Jordanhill where it was common to find piles of discarded picture books in which students had searched for just the right illustrations to take on teaching practice.) However, eventually, they WILL need information literacy skills, hence InfosmART. This looks like a very well-constructed programme which students from any institution could use.
  • In addition to being useful, material for art school students has to be visually arresting to be credible. InfosmART fits the bill. Wimba Create, a tool to convert Word documents into course content, was recommended.
  • The Library has just launched The Hatchery, a site to showcase how artists, writers and creatives have used its collections to inspire, challenge or expand their practice. This is an excellent idea which other libraries might want to investigate for their own areas of expertise.

At the end of the afternoon, we were sent off with a lovely goody bag. GLTU events have normally finished up in a pub or restaurant, but numbers for post-event socialising fluctuated and eventually dwindled to zero – until I went outside and came across Lynn (@lynncorrigan) who had missed the visit but was game for a curry. We can recommend Rawalpindi on Sauchiehall Street.

The pictures in the gallery below (other than the two of the goody bag) are by Michelle Kaye of GSA and are used with permission. There is also a Storify of the event.

For more information about GSA’s collections, follow the Library news blog linked to above and see their other blogs:

GSA Archives and Collections

Treasures of GSA Library

Architecture Resources

Art and Design Resources

Thanks to Jennifer, Susannah and Michelle for a fascinating visit.

#GLTU8: Behind the Scenes at the Mitchell Library

22 Mar

What a fabulous tour Myra Paterson put on for her band of 12 library explorers on Wednesday. We oohed and aahed at old things and new things, we laughed at Myra’s patter and almost cried when looking at the Leningrad Album, a token of friendship between Scottish and Russian women in the Second World War. Myra’s colleague, Susan Taylor, gave us a wonderful introduction to that. For a history of the Mitchell I can do no better than direct you to its own website, and Lynn Corrigan has already written such a good blogpost on the visit that I feel I can’t add to it – thanks for saving me a job, Lynn! However, I’ve created a Storify of #GLTU tweets, many containing pictures, and added a few more photographs below. Thank you so much, Myra and Susan.

Four of us headed off to the Koh-I-Noor for a curry afterwards, then staggered home happy and replete.

PS Update – another great blogpost on the event from Helen MacKinven.

Notes from #GLTU7

23 Jan

For the first GLTU of 2013, thirteen people came to the Mitchell last Wednesday for a lively discussion about future plans. We talked about the possibility of running a Library Camp in Scotland, for which there was definite enthusiasm, and discussed ideas for more GLTUs. A few suggestions were added to those already put forward in the previous post i.e. Cornton Vale, Scottish Parliament (SPICe) and Glasgow School of Art (Mackintosh Library) and most people said they found the current pattern of a late afternoon meeting followed by a social event easiest to attend. Watch this space for news on both these topics.


As it is coming up on 9th February, and therefore urgent, we spent most of the time on National Libraries Day. Again, some ideas had already been proposed and a library flash mob attracted interest and discussion, with some people enthusiastic and others not! However, it was agreed that there wasn’t time to organise one before NLD anyway, but we might pursue it for a future books / libraries celebration. Ken (@iusedtobealibra) suggested a collection of contemporary stories about Scottish libraries making a difference to people’s lives, both public and other e.g. academic / special. Similar things have been done elsewhere, e.g. Voices for the Library and Let’s Talk Libraries (Newcastle), which could serve as models, and we might also explore other online initiatives such as a week in the life of a library (see face Book for an example) or a Fifty people One Question video (multiple examples if you Google it). Again, it was agreed that we couldn’t do this in time for NLD and if we were to build up an online resource advocating for libraries we would need the support of CILIPS, plus people with relevant skills. (Cathy – @kearneycath – has since confirmed that CILIPS will be supportive, particularly as the President’s theme for 2013 is “Making a difference”.) On NLD itself, we can start by tweeting about the many activities going on in libraries, including photographs where possible, and if we set our own hashtag in addition to #NLD13 these can be preserved, e.g. as a Storify, and used to launch the wider idea. Catriona Stewart has written a supportive article about libraries in the Herald and might be willing give us some publicity. So how does this affect YOU? Well, if this is to succeed, we will need everyone to help, both by tweeting on the day (or the week running up to the 9th) and by spreading the word to colleagues, family and friends who could also tweet about their use of libraries. More information will follow very soon.

After all that talking, some of us had built up an appetite! Eight of us trooped off to the Koh-I-Noor and enjoyed an excellent curry to round off the evening.

#GLTU6 – Edinburgh Book Sculptures: review

13 Oct

After a break over the summer, #GLTU returned with a very successful first outing for 2012/13 on Friday, 12th October.

When she heard that the famous Edinburgh Book Sculptures were on tour and visiting the Mitchell Library, Gillian (@gillianhanlon) was quick to suggest a visit, and we were lucky enough to persuade Abby Cunnane of the Scottish Poetry Library (@byleaveswelive) and Peggy Hughes from the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust (@EdinCityofLit) to come along and give us added insight into the sculptures and how they were found. The evening was well attended:19 for the visit at the Mitchell, of whom 14 moved on to the nearby Koh-I-Noor for a curry afterwards. I took a few pictures, but they turned out a bit rubbish I’m afraid. These two were acceptable, the first showing Abby describing one of the sculptures and the other taken at the restaurant. The food had just been served so we were concentrating – we didn’t look as serious as that all night!



Other people took better photographs, the most prolific being Richard (@Ricaird) who tweeted a full set, one of each sculpture, so I decided the best way to enhance this review was shamelessly to plunder other people’s material and create a Storify which also includes links to background information about the sculptures in case you want to know more. I thought they were wonderful, and loved the mysteries surrounding them. Who created them? I believe they are genuinely anonymous – Abby and Peggy seem to have no more idea than we do, although they know the artist is female. How could she smuggle the sculptures into the ten cultural institutions where they were found without ever being noticed? Why were they all addressed to the recipients’ Twitter-handles? She must therefore be familiar with Twitter – perhaps we follow her unknowingly? What is certain is that the artist has a passion for books and libraries and is tremendously creative – as well as the intricacy of the sculptures themselves, just having the idea in the first place and working in all the literary allusions she makes would be beyond most people. So I think there must be others out there who know someone like that and have very strong suspicions, yet they keep the secret too.

The sculptures are at the Mitchell till the 27th before they go off on the next leg of the tour. If you can, I strongly recommend visiting. If you can’t, console yourself with buying the book Gifted – 50p from each copy sold goes to support the Scottish Poetry Library.

So that’s #GLTU6 over. At the end of the evening, talk turned to #GLTU7. There are two schools of thought – leave it till the New Year, or go for a Christmas bash. If we’re going to do the latter, we need to move quickly so opinions are sought as soon as possible. Also, if anyone else has posted any material about the book sculptures visit, please let me know so that I can link it into the blog or Storify.

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