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National Librarian Appointed Honorary Professor Rgu

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Martyn Wade, the National Librarian and Chief Executive of the National Library of Scotland (NLS), has been appointed an Honorary Professor at Robert Gordon University's Department of Information Management. 

As National Librarian, Professor Wade has overseen the reinvention of NLS as a focal point for Scotland's cultural identity.  He played a pivotal role in the purchase of the John Murray Archive, one of the world's most significant literary and cultural archives from the past 250 years, and the development of a new and innovative visitor centre to improve accessibility to the Library and its collections.

Professor Wade started his career in Northumberland libraries where he worked from 1973-76. He held a variety of posts in England before moving north in 1999 when he was appointed Head of Libraries and Archives in Glasgow, before moving to the National Library of Scotland in September 2002. 

During his career, Professor Wade has had wide experience of public sector management and leadership and has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the library profession.  He serves on a wide variety of public bodies and committees and has particular involvement in many aspects of the creative industries, including the Edinburgh World City of Literature Trust and the Scottish Poetry Library. 

Professor Peter Reid, Head of the Department of Information Management at Robert Gordon University, said: "We are delighted to have Martyn as one of the Department's honorary professors.  This appointment recognises the enormous contribution which he has made in the leadership of library and information services in Scotland."

Professor Wade commented: "It is a wonderful honour to be appointed an Honorary Professor at Robert Gordon University. The Department of Information Management is very highly regarded and I am looking forward to working with colleagues there in the future."

The Department of Information Management has a strong reputation in both teaching and research in library and information management disciplines.  In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercised, rated as the top performing department in Scotland in the field.





Notes to editors:


About the Department of Information Management, Robert Gordon University


  • The Department of Information Management is one of five departments in Aberdeen Business School. It was established in the 1960s as the School of Librarianship and offers a range of courses in Information Management and Librarianship.
  • The Department is RGU's top performing research areas and was best performing in Scotland (and joint second top in the UK) in the 2008 Research Exercise in the Library and Information Management field.
  • Further details available at www.rgu.ac.uk/imopen


About the National Library of Scotland

  • The National Library of Scotland is a major European research library and is the world's leading centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots - an information treasure trove for Scotland's knowledge, history and culture.
  • The Library's collections are of world-class importance. Key areas include rare books, manuscripts, maps, music, official publications, business information, science and technology, and the modern and foreign collections.
  • The Library holds well over 14 million items, including printed items, approximately 100,000 manuscripts, over 32,000 films and nearly 2 million maps. Every week it collects approximately 6,000 new items.  Around 80% of these are received free of charge in terms of the Legal Deposit legislation.
  • The John Murray Archive is one of the world's most significant literary and cultural archives from the past 250 years, mapping seven generations of the Murray publishing house. It is home to more than 150,000 papers, manuscripts, letters and other documents representing the world's most celebrated writers, thinkers, politicians, explorers, economists and scientists and their relationship with The Murrays. The John Murray Archive exhibition space, at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh, shows some of the highlights from this vast collection.
  • See http://www.nls.uk/ for further information about the Library and its collections



Issued by:

Robert Gordon University and National Library of Scotland