Virtual worldwide conference library 2.0

From the comfort of your home or office -meet colleagues around the world!The Library 2.012 conference is a unique chance to participate in a global conversation on the current and future state of libraries. Subject strands include physical and virtual learning spaces, evolving professional roles in today’s world, organizing and creating information, changing delivery methods, user-centered access, and mobile and geo-social information environments.

Haven’t libraries and librarians come along way!

Rather do it face to face? Join us at EDGE 2013

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M – libraries

Yesterday I spoke at theInternational M-Libraries Conference 2012

The main theme of the conference this year was “from margin to mainstream:mobile technologies transforming lives and libraries

 I didn’t realise until I got there that I was the only “public” librarian in a sea of academics.

However the delegates were all very interesting and I really enjoyed the sessions.  I realised we have so much more in common than most people imagine and we could benefit hugely from closer partnerships.

I talked about our portal, our blog,  new projects and our app

The metamorphosis of the public library and librarian

ChangeTim Coates said ” It is the ability to gather, hold, understand and offer books and other works that gives the library and the librarians in it their distinct role.”

He is just plain wrong!It is our ability to morph

In the words of Charles Darwin“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

Over hundreds of years libraries and librarians have had the uncanny ability to diversify and change to meet customers expectations and needs and to adapt and embrace new technologies.

Once we managed clay tablets then chained books we moved on fast to ladies only reading rooms, card catalogues and complex classification schemes. Now our libraries have bright modern interiors, cafes and are alive with technology, ICT classes, children’s rhyme times and youth zones.

Librarians are more and more social media savvy , good with electronic content and gadgets and the seamless integration of  local history with technology.

EDGE 2013 CONFERENCE

EDGE AwardsPushing the boundaries of public service delivery – Thursday 28th February & Friday 1st March 2013

EDGE2013 provides many opportunities to learn from and meet with speakers, decision makers and other practitioners leading the transformation agenda. These are the change managers, thought leaders, and many movers and shakers in libraries and information services, shared services, content management, engagement and regeneration.

Invest in your organisation, the future, and yourself by attending the fourth EDGE conference in one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world, Edinburgh!

Are you innovative? enter for our prestigious EDGE 2013 awardsEDGE 2013 conference

This WILL once again be one of the most exciting, inspiring and relevant conferences to be held in Scotland in 2013, we always make it a conference to remember!

Marshall Breeding, Brian Gambles, Natasha Innocent, Richard Watson, Neil McInnes already confirmed… watch this space!