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Protecting energy sector workforce and net zero ambitions

Marine Scotland News list - Wed, 2020-04-29 14:59

Energy Minister to chair meetings of oil and gas group for COVID-19 and price crash response

Scottish retail sales contract 1.1% in the first quarter of 2020

Marine Scotland News list - Wed, 2020-04-29 09:35

A National Statistics Publication for Scotland

Economic growth confirmed at 0.2% in 2019 Quarter 4

Marine Scotland News list - Wed, 2020-04-29 09:30

A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

Rapid coronavirus research

Marine Scotland News list - Tue, 2020-04-28 17:20

More than 50 Scottish studies to tackle virus and its impact.

Primary care opening hours

Marine Scotland News list - Tue, 2020-04-28 09:05

Services to continue over May public holidays.

Support for perinatal mental health

Marine Scotland News list - Mon, 2020-04-27 09:32

Funding for charities to help families.

Health and social care support

Marine Scotland News list - Sun, 2020-04-26 14:34

Thousands come forward to help in COVID-19 emergency.

Help to tackle coronavirus

Marine Scotland News list - Sun, 2020-04-26 00:01

Laboratories providing scientific equipment and expertise.

Extending PPE access to all social care providers

Marine Scotland News list - Sat, 2020-04-25 09:50

Supplies to be given to unpaid and family carers and personal assistants.

Emergency eye care provision

Marine Scotland News list - Sat, 2020-04-25 00:01

New centres to reduce the need to attend hospital.

Securing vital COVID-19 supplies for Scotland

Marine Scotland News list - Fri, 2020-04-24 18:13

Offers of help from more than 1,600 businesses and individuals.

Help for childhood abuse victims

Marine Scotland News list - Fri, 2020-04-24 14:14

Survivor support still available.

Urgent medical help still available

Marine Scotland News list - Fri, 2020-04-24 09:30

New campaign urges people to contact a doctor.

Hate Crime Bill

Marine Scotland News list - Fri, 2020-04-24 09:00

Working Group to consider standalone offence on misogynistic harassment.

Looking beyond lockdown

Marine Scotland News list - Thu, 2020-04-23 12:37

First Minister opens discussion on “new normal”.

Celebrating World Book and Copyright Day

Marine Scotland Blog - Thu, 2020-04-23 11:02

To celebrate UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day we have a guest blog post to share with you from our very own Librarian, Helen McGregor.  Take it away Helen!

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Books are your ticket to the whole world. The library is the key.
That is where the escape tunnel is.
All of the knowledge of the world is there.
The great brains of the world are at your fingertips”. – Billy Connelly

Today, 23 April 2020, marks UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day, an annual celebration of books and reading.

Marine Scotland Science (MSS) is lucky enough to have two libraries – one at the Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen and one at the Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory near Pitlochry. We have a collection of books and journals in these libraries that, as librarian, I have the privilege of looking after.

As the Billy Connelly quote at the top of this blog says, libraries provide access to knowledge. They help tell the story of how science and understanding have developed over time. They tell us where we are today and where we could go in the future.

I’ve always loved reading, and that was a big part of why I became a librarian. Of course, I don’t get to spend my days reading at work – and I’m not sure that I would choose to read a scientific textbook to relax anyway! Books and reading tell us so much about the world, they can chime with our own experiences or offer us something so completely different that we couldn’t have imagined it without reading it first. We also read to expand our knowledge and learn, which is vital for the scientists working at MSS.

The books in the MSS library collections are, unsurprisingly, focussed on Scottish fisheries literature but we have books on many diverse subjects, ranging from environmental law to the Loch Ness monster! We have books in the collections dating from the 1700s right up to the present, and have books about all sorts of animals, plants and environments from all over the world.

Stephen King has said that ‘books are a uniquely portable magic’, and e-books and audio books make this even more true today when one device can hold many different books. No longer do I need a bag just for books when going on holiday!

Keen eyed readers will have noted that today is also about copyright. Copyright exists to protect the rights of authors and to ensure that they get recognition and, where appropriate, payment for their work. Here at MSS, as part of government, we publish the results of our work under Crown copyright. This means that we allow these results, where possible, to used and reused by anyone for any purpose as long as the source is acknowledged and the copyright remains with the Crown. You can find copies of MSS reports on our website, maps on Marine Scotland Maps and datasets on Marine Scotland Data.

The libraries at the Marine and Freshwater Laboratories are open to the public (by appointment), but we’re not open during the COVID-19 outbreak. If you’re interested in our collections you can have a look at the library catalogue to see what we hold.

Further Information:

Previous blog posts about our library:

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Minna 2020 at Aberdeen

Marine Scotland Photos - Wed, 2020-04-22 15:31

Marine Scotland Image Bank posted a photo:

Minna 2020 at Aberdeen

MPV Minna looking nice, shiny and new after her recent refit - Mike Gallaway (Technical Service Manager at International Paint)

Loch Etive

Marine Scotland Photos - Wed, 2020-04-22 15:18

Marine Scotland Image Bank posted a photo:

Loch Etive

Near the head of Loch Etive
Photo by David Turnbull
:copyright: Crown copyright 2020

St Kilda

Marine Scotland Photos - Wed, 2020-04-22 15:18

Marine Scotland Image Bank posted a photo:

St Kilda

Views of St Kilda taken from the MPV Jura
Photo by Andy Rowe

:copyright: Crown copyright 2020

St Kilda Marine Scotland RIB

Marine Scotland Photos - Wed, 2020-04-22 15:18

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St Kilda Marine Scotland RIB

Views of St Kilda taken from the MPV Jura
Photo by Andy Rowe

:copyright: Crown copyright 2020

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