Equality and Diversity

Recognising Brenda Moon

International Women’s Day 2019 – recognising Brenda Moon.

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, the Boardroom at Argyle House is being named the Brenda Moon Boardroom in recognition of Brenda’s achievement as the first woman to head up a Scottish research university library.  Brenda was chief librarian at the University between 1980 and 1996 and had a clear vision of the transformative effects of digitisation.  She played a major role in bringing the University into the digital age, as Edinburgh became the first major university library in the UK to tackle and deliver a computer-based service.  In naming the Boardroom after Brenda, we are recognising her significant contribution to digital university services.  The Brenda Moon room was officially opened by Jeremy Upton, Director of Library and University Collections.

Brenda Moon Boardroom
Brenda Moon Boardroom



To further celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, our Wikipedian in Residence, Ewan McAndrew, hosted an Edit-a-thon to add more notable women associated with Edinburgh to Wikipedia, and at the Main Library, LTW Equality and Diversity Images Intern, Francesca Vavotici, hosted a ‘Sketch-a-thon’ using images from the Centre for Research Collections’ Special Collections.