SLIC board member John Scally, the National Librarian and Chief Executive of the National Library of Scotland
Position: National Library of Scotland

John Scally is the National Librarian and Chief Executive of the National Library of Scotland – one of the world’s leading centres for the study of Scotland and the Scots. Before taking up the post in 2014, John was the Deputy Head of Rare Books at the Library before becoming Director of University Collections and subsequently Director of Library and University Collections at the University of Edinburgh. 

He holds a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge and has taught and lectured in a number of institutions. Publications include a book on Robert Louis Stevenson’s illustrators, articles and book chapters on the Scottish Parliament before 1707 and the British Civil Wars of the 1640s.

The concept of the digital shift in libraries is an area John is particularly interested in, as is book history and early modern history. As well as being a SLIC Board Member, he is also a member of the British Library Advisory Council.