Twenty members of GLTU and / or SALCTG met on Thursday afternoon at City of Glasgow College Library for a tour by Librarian Tony Donnelly. The College was formed when Central College, Glasgow Metropolitan College and Glasgow College of Nautical Studies merged on 1st September 2010, and the library has been extensively refurbished, Level 1 in 2007 and Level 2 in 2012. It was interesting to see the changes in thinking between the two – Level 1 was attractive but felt more like a traditional library with separate IT suite. Level 2 was a more open and integrated space. For more information and pictures, see the GLTU blog. The SALCTG blog also has some feedback from participants.
The illustration is the winning entry in a competition for stonemasonry students to design a sculpture for the library. It “recalls the first great library, the Temple of the Muses, which, according to some sources, stood in Alexandria from 305 BC to 48 BC. The sculptor has cracked the stone intentionally, recording the library’s violent destruction and evoking both the ancient beginnings of human curiosity and the shocking impact of new ideas.” It is typical of the high quality design of the library.
Although I’ve organised many visits for both groups before, this was the first joint one. It seemed to work well, with everyone from different sectors finding much to interest them. Tony’s tour was inspiring and his passion for, and pride in, the library shone through.