National Library of Scotland curator wins top award

National Library of Scotland curator wins top award

An official publications curator in collections and research at the National Library of Scotland has been named the country’s Library and Information Professional of the Year.

Fiona Laing was handed her award, sponsored by Bolinda, on Monday 3rd June at the annual conference of CILIPS, the professional body for library and information workers in Scotland. 

Laing’s responsibilities ensure the National Library holds a comprehensive collection of publications from the Westminster Parliament, Scottish Parliament and devolved assemblies alongside government departments and agencies.

She also delivered a Scottish school examination papers digitisation project which has seen a full collection of examination papers from 1888 to the current day made available online.    

Laing saw off competition from Martina McChrystal, director of library services at the University of Glasgow Library, and Calum Smith, librarian at Larbert High School in Stenhousemuir.

She said: "I am absolutely delighted to be this year's recipient of the award. Especially as all the nominations truly demonstrated the diversity of the great work that is happening across the profession in Scotland."

Fiona Laing with Michelle Elkington from the sponsors Bolinda (credit: Charlie Sherry)