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Newsletter January 2013 Volume 1 Issue 1 The Magazine of the Scottish Branch of the CILIP Local Studies Group

Welcome to our new look newsletter By Fiona Myles, editor INSIDE THIS ISSUE 1



President’s Update


Family History Centre


Our Town Stories


Cilips Autumn Gathering

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At our Spring Gathering at the A.K.Bell Library in Perth, there was a clear consensus that members of LocScot would prefer an electronic newsletter to the printed one. We’d love to hear what you think about this, our first issue. We’d also like to hear from you – what you’re doing in your local area, what has worked and also what hasn’t. If you have any articles you’d like included then please get in touch.

Fiona Myles, Edinburgh Central Library,

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0131 242 8059

News Updates


President’s Update Quote from Eleanor“.”

By Author Name You can transform your life and business in just seven minutes a day.” If that statement makes you want to read on, consider yourself hooked. A newsletter is competing against a lot of distractions for the reader’s attention, so it’s important that the first one or two sentences of an article hook the reader. And since that hook creates an expectation, the article needs to justify the use of the hook, or the reader will feel manipulated. Along with the hook, the article’s headline needs to be brief, active, and clear in its purpose. Beyond these essential characteristics, a headline attracts attention if it’s highly relevant, inspires curiosity, or has some other irresistible quality.

Newsletter articles are short on space and their readers are short

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Our Town Stories By Alison Stoddart, Edinburgh City Libraries

“We hope Our Town Stories will appeal to anyone interested in the history of Edinburgh.”

Our Town Stories is a new website from Edinburgh Libraries that explores the history of Edinburgh through images, maps and stories from 1700 to the present day. It allows users to access heritage material from our own collections but also the online resources we offer for local and family historians, including SCRAN and the Scotsman Digital Archive. Our Town Stories builds on our current online services - Capital Collections and Whose Town? Edinburgh Past and Present, which is an interactive resource for learning We hope Our Town Stories will appeal to anyone interested in the history of Edinburgh by allowing the user to access information in a range of engaging ways as they can  View images of Edinburgh through a map interface

Our Town home page.

Discover how familiar places have changed through then and now images

Explore historical maps tracing Edinburgh's development since 1700

Read Stories of Edinburgh's people, places and city life, which include Robert Louis Stevenson’s Edinburgh, Greyfriar’s Bobby Trail and Women of Achievement

We will be adding more stories using material from the City’s collections but hope to develop our digital collection by encouraging individuals and groups to contribute their own stories of Edinburgh. Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature, The Museum of Fire and Edinburgh City Archives have already donated stories. We hope community groups will add stories about their local area so the site will reflect Edinburgh’s past but also record history in the making. Contact for more information

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Family History Centre By Author Name You can replace the pictures in this template with your company’s art. To do so, click where you want to insert the picture. On the Insert menu, point to Picture, and then click From File. Locate the picture you want to insert, and then click it. Next, click the arrow to the right of the Insert button, and then click either Insert to place a copy of the picture into the newsletter, Link to File to display the picture without actually inserting a copy, or Insert and Link. Since the Insert command embeds a copy, the picture is always visible, but it may greatly increase the size (in bytes) of your newsletter, depending on how large the picture is. In contrast, Link to File does not increase the size of your newsletter file, and if you make changes to the original picture, they automatically show up in the newsletter. But the picture won’t display if viewed from a computer that can’t link to the original (for instance, if the original picture is stored on another computer on a network). Insert and Link inserts a copy so that the image is always available, and also automatically updates changes to the original.

Clydebank Library Centenary Banner Clydebank Library, a Carnegie funded building, was officially opened on 1st October 1913, and to celebrate its Centenary next year, West Dunbartonshire Libraries and Cultural Services heritage team have set up a volunteer project to sew a commemorative banner, to be hung in the library, ready for the 100th birthday celebrations. A spot in the lending library has been chosen for its display, with the option for the banner to be moved and hung elsewhere for future events. Funding for the project came through a grant from Museums Galleries Scotland for the Festival of Museums which enabled us to buy two sewing machines, and to pay an experienced textile artist to manage the project. Using images from the local history collection as inspiration, ten very enthusiastic volunteers have signed up, and the heritage centre is buzzing every Tuesday afternoon to the sounds of sewing machines and chat!

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CILIPS Autumn Gathering By Michelle O’Hara, Library Adviser, Information and Digital Team, Edinburgh Central Library Being the fortunate recipient of a place, sponsored by LOCSCOT, to the CILIPS Autumn Gathering, I headed down to the train station on the cold Edinburgh morning of the 4th October and headed on the train for the frozen wasteland that is Dunfermline. “The Autumn Gathering proved to be a wonderful day there was a lot to think about and a number of inspiring ideas to try and use at work in my own library.”

It was well worth looking out the thermals and the furry winter boots. The Autumn Gathering was an excellent event. Presided over by CILIPS Scotland’s president Dr Peter Reid we had a range of knowledgeable speakers on a number of different areas; from information and digital literacy and the necessity of improving them through libraries to the use of games, photo stories and social media to reach out to library patrons and soon-to-be library patrons. There was an introduction to the fabulous work of the John Gray Centre in East Lothian and an introduction to the dangers of revealing a little too much about yourself and how you present your public image, on Social Media platforms. The Autumn Gathering proved to be a wonderful day there was a lot to think about and a number of inspiring ideas to try and use at work in my own library. I am really grateful to LOCSCOT for giving me the opportunity to go; I would happily go back again, even to Dunfermline in the freezing cold. LocScot sponsored a place at the Gathering for any member of library staff who works in Local Studies in Scotland.

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News Updates Local and Family History Day at Edinburgh Central Library 17th November. Take a look at this short video to see how it went. Body text. The text of your articles. Byline. A line of text listing the name of the author of the article. Caption text. Text that describes a graphic. A caption should be a short but descriptive full sentence. “Continued from” line. A line of text indicating the page from which an article is continuing. “Continued on” line. A line of text indicating the page on which an article will be continued. Date. Either the date of publication or the date you expect the newsletter to be at the height of

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