Monday, 23 June 2014

Dr John Scally appointed new chief at National Library of Scotland

Dr John Scally, currently Director of Library and University Collections at the University of Edinburgh, has been appointed as the Chief Executive and National Librarian at the Edinburgh based National Library of Scotland (, a post he will take up from September.

Commenting on the appointment, Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, stated

'The National Library of Scotland is a key national collection of international renown. As a cultural and research centre on Scotland and the Scots it is among the best research and reference libraries in Europe. In providing free public access to over 24 million items it is an important part of our cultural and literary heritage and future. I welcome Dr John Scally's appointment as Chief Executive and National Librarian. Under his leadership the Library will continue to respond to the challenges and opportunities of the digital era and provide an excellent service to a growing audience for the Library’s collections.'

The full announcement is available at


Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And FindmyPast - please reinstate the original Scottish census citations on your new site.

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