A ‘shop window’ to the National Library of Scotland

I enjoyed a visit to The National Library of Scotland (NLS) a while ago. The NLS has an area on YouTube, showing videos from the Scottish Screen Archive. Here is a link to an interesting video (embedding is disabled) which is rather more engaging than its description suggests 😉

This short clip from the film “From Glasgow Green to Bendigo” (1961) shows an artist from the Templeton Carpet Factory in Glasgow, Scotland demonstrating, in a flamboyant style, how the pattern for a new carpet is designed and created. [YouTube – Carpet design at Templeton’s in Glasgow, Scotland]

I wonder did he always work in a suit? One of the tags in the description is ‘cheesy’ (I think these are assigned by NLS staff?).
The Scottish Screen Archive has its own website:

The Scottish Screen Archive is Scotland’s national moving images collection. It preserves over 100 years of Scottish history on film and video. [Scottish Screen Archive]

I was actually led to YouTube via this presentation I came across on SlideShare:

It discusses some of the issues involved in making the videos available on YouTube. There is a nice picture of YouTube metadata on slide 8. And on slide 14 they suggest that “every website we upload a moving image to is a ‘shop window’ to the National Library of Scotland”.
Finally, with Euro 2008 just finished, here is a clip from an earlier era with a goal by a Scottish footballing legend.
Update: Referring to the NLS presentation above, Seb Chan has an interesting post contrasting YouTube and Flickr. He attributes the presentation to Ann Cameron (who is listed as a contact in the presentation).
Update: There is a nice response to this post on the Blog of the digital library of Scotland. It gives credit for the presentation to Ann Cameron, Liam Paterson and Eilidh MacGlone. And it points to a writeup of the initiative by Eilidh MacGlone. An earlier entry on the blog provides provides some context for the Scottish Screen Archive.

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  1. Many thanks for this post – its great to have some of our web2.0 efforts cited.
    Its been interesting that you got alerted to this via a third party posting of a presentation, and you can only imagine our frustration yesterday when Slideshare went down and prevented anyone from seeing the show!
    We’ve also been experimenting at NLS with a presence on Facebook and also through posting images onto Flickr, although in terms of exposure, the Youtube clips have been by far the most popular. I think its the spirit of nostalgia that they give (and a great sense of place, too)
    Its the long term intention to split our use of these repositories into ‘marketing’ and ‘utility’ where the first category is fairly obvious. With utility applications but we are looking carefully into the scope of using online repositories such as Flickr so that others can make use of our digitised materials via the various interfaces and apps that are becoming more widely available.
    We’d be very happy to start building relationships with others in and around this area, so please get in contact if you would like.
    Many thanks again for the post,

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