Information is power !
Communities, Library staff and partner organisations require up to date information to provide support to users of our Community Connections points and Health Information Hubs in libraries. The Your Edinburgh portal provides that information in the library and from home. Information is collected direct from local community groups and individuals to ensure that information is current and accurate.
Finding ways to improve the way we connect these new social media and technologies to the communities they serve will be the next big challenge for libraries in the 21st century. Our key role will be to continue to promote greater social equity and to reduce the chance of a digital divide but it will be even more important to develop exciting content that will hook or attract those who do not see the need to use the internet.
Development of these “virtual” resources has encouraged visits and uptake of traditional services and book borrowing performance has improved in both visits, issues.