The summer meeting was held on Saturday June 9th 2018. A buffet lunch in the foyer of the Appleton Tower gave participants the opportunity to mingle and learn about three of the projects which have received innovation and Initative Grants.
In line with the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), on registration attendees' permission was sought for the photographs taken at the event to be shown on our website. These can be viewed in the media section of this website.
The Business meeting was chaired for the first time by the Rector Ann Henderson, minutes of which will appear as usual in the next edition of Billet.
The formal proceedings were followed by two excellent presentations. Gavin McLachlan's (Chief Information Officer and Librarian to the University) commentary on the disruptive effect of technology, digital learning and the implications for the University was thought provoking. He was followed by Jeremy Upton, Director of the Library and University Collections, who gave a history of the library within the University and a vission for its future. Unfortunately such was the interest and engagement the event overran and the preset recording of Jeremy's presentation was curtailed. You will shortly be able to view some of this material in the media section of this website.
The meeting then moved to the Main Library in George Square where participants divided into smaller groups to be shown round the Centre for Research Collections and the Library's modern facilities for exhibiting researching, conserving and digitising the University's heritage collections. A video capturing some highlights of the event can be viewed shortly in the media section of this website.
Members learned that the Library regularly needs to recruit volunteers to assist in behind the scenes projects and several of those attending expressed interest in getting involved.
General Council members interested in volunteering opportunities in the Library should follow this link to the Library website: https://www.ed.ac.uk/information-services/library-museum-gallery/crc/volunteers-interns-honorary-fellows