Dr Scally is returning to where he started his library career in 1993, when he was appointed as a curator in the British Antiquarian Division. Ten years later he moved to the University of Edinburgh as Director of University Collections and Deputy Director of Library, Museums and Galleries. In 2012 he became Director of Library and University Collections.
James Boyle, who chairs the NLS Board, said he was delighted that the Library had been able to recruit someone of Dr Scally's calibre and experience to this important role:
'John impressed the interview panel with his understanding of the challenges facing libraries today and his imaginative ideas on how NLS can best respond to these. As one of the leading library professionals in Europe he brings vision, great experience and enthusiasm to this role which will greatly benefit NLS in the months and years to come.'
Dr Scally holds a BA (Hons) in English and Modern History from the University of Strathclyde, a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge and a Diploma in Information and Library Studies from Aberystwyth University. He takes up his new post in September.