RBSCG Annual Study Conference 2014

New Space for Old Books: Building for the Future

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Wed, 27th Aug 2014 - 12:00pm to Fri, 29th Aug 2014 - 5:00pm


Rare Books & Special Collections Group Annual Study Conference

Wed 27 August-Fri 29 August

The Sir Duncan Rice Library, The University of Aberdeen

This year’s conference will explore issues relating to how we accommodate our special collections, including building new libraries, with candid case studies from Aberdeen and elsewhere.

Other themes covered will include:

  • Adapting historic buildings for modern usage
  • Making the most of what we have: practical tips for smaller projects and lower budgets
  • Building for safety and preservation: formal and informal advice on how best to protect our collections

Delegates will hear expert speakers, and have opportunities for networking and exploration of Aberdeen, the University’s iconic new library building  and this distinctive part of Scotland through presentations and optional visits.

There will also be the opportunity to publicise changes affecting your own library. We welcome posters from attendees, specifically around the theme of building projects and refurbishments of any scale.

Aberdeen is easily reached by air, rail and road and a map of the campus is available on the University of Aberdeen’s ’s website.

Accommodation will be at Crombie Halls, on campus. Any delegates arriving on Tuesday 26 August may collect their keys from Reception at Crombie after 2pm. Delegates arriving in Aberdeen from Wednesday morning onwards may pick up their keys at Crombie and deposit their luggage before registering at the Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Plenary sessions will be held in Meeting Room 1, the Craig Suite, on the top floor, Floor 7, of the Sir Duncan Rice Library. Over a dozen speakers will be participating, including:

Stuart Hill, architect from the Sir Duncan Rice Library project

Roger Fairman, The Hive

Simon Chaplin, The Wellcome Library

David Errington, Newcastle University Library

Chris Woods, National Conservation Service.

Thursday afternoon visits

Choice of two from campus and Aberdeen city centre:

Aberdeen University Library’s special collections & Glucksman Conservation Centre

Guided walking tour of Old Aberdeen – including Chapel of King’s College (the first of the University’s two antecedent colleges, founded in 1495); Elphinstone Hall, named after Bishop William Elphinstone (1431-1514), and Aberdeen’s Old Town House, built 1788-89. The latter also hosts the King’s Museum: for details of its exhibition programme please see http://www.abdn.ac.uk/museums/exhibitions/kings-museum.php

Cruickshank Botanic Garden – extending to 11 acres, a partnership between the University and the Cruickshank Charitable Trust. With a presentation by the Curator.

Aberdeen Central Library – one of the original Scottish Carnegie Libraries, the City Library is housed in a listed building opened by Andrew Carnegie himself, 1892. Besides material of local interest, the Library’s collections contain rare and early printed books.

Marischal Museum - based in Marischal College, the second of Aberdeen University’s antecedent colleges, founded in 1593.

Aberdeen Maritime Museum – a fusion of 16th century and modern design

Tollbooth Museum – one of Aberdeen’s oldest buildings, 17th century, formerly a gaol

Please note that the City Library and various Museums are c.3km from the Sir Duncan Rice Library: 30 minutes on foot, or a bus ride from campus - number 20 from Elphinstone Road, 19 from Bedford Road, or 1 or 2 from King Street.

There is also an optional visit on Friday afternoon, after the Conference closes, to Castle Fraser, for which there is an additional charge. The castle, which has its own library, was built between 1575 and 1636, and passed to the National Trust for Scotland in 1976. A discount (free admission) applies for National Trust/National Trust for Scotland members.

The Twitter hashtag for the Conference will be #rbscg14.

Early booking is strongly advised.


The AGM will take place at 9:15 on Thursday 28 August, in Conference Room 1, The Craig Suite, Floor 7, The Sir Duncan Rice Library.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library

The University of Aberdeen King' Colleges
AB24 3FX Aberdeen

United Kingdom

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