In a 2010 survey of county residents , 71 percent of respondents agreed that libraries “contribute to economic development by offering assistance with employment searches and applications, job skills, training, career support and research/planning resources for business owners.”
A study commissioned by the Urban Libraries Council notes that the role of public libraries has shifted “from passive, recreational reading and research institutions to active economic development agents.” Libraries are “a dynamic part of the community’s learning infrastructure which supports economic development.”
Another urban myth suggests that the Internet is making libraries obsolete. In fact, the Internet is driving significant growth as more and more people turn to libraries to access and utilize digital information.
“Public libraries are positioned to fuel not only new, but next economies because of their roles in building technology skills, entrepreneurial activity, and vibrant, livable places. The combination of stronger roles in economic development strategies and their prevalence make public libraries stable and powerful tools for cities seeking to build strong and resilient economies.”
It puts the needs of users at the heart of services. We know online services mean that we can access information when we require it, pay a bill or even arrange social care in a simple and quick way. The strategy outlines how different organisations can join up across all sectors to deliver services in a more responsive way.
So where is our library and information leadership? This is our opportunity to put forward a business case for libraries now and in the future Who is going to keep people skilled up? Who will people trust to access much of this?
I believe the future of libraries is in driving and underpinning this strategy and making it a reality for real people.
Surprise surprise ! reading for pleasure continues to be the most popular cultural activity in Scotland, attracting 63 per cent of the adult population in 2011 The Scottish Household Survey .
Image courtesy of Turning Point
Statistics in the Scottish Household Survey show the percentage of adults in Scotland visiting libraries – including online – increased in 2011 compared to the previous 12 months. Libraries were also the most frequently attended type of cultural venue, with six in ten attendees visiting once a month or more.
Our trusted libraries remain one of the free universal services for communities where the population can visit as individuals or groups to pursue reading for pleasure, learning or hobbies. They also support the business community, individual and community information needs and are inclusive of all age and social groups, nationalities, genders and religious beliefs.
Surely our mission should we choose to accept it? is to assist individuals and communities that are having hard times? We know we can and do help people get back on their feet and provide them with the means and the knowledge that they need to write new CVs, lerarn digital skills, get new jobs, or start new businesses?
Stop saying save our libraries start shouting about impact !
Our WW1 History Hub opened yesterday and will gather and collate information on the history of Scotland’s contribution to the 1914-18 conflict that cost 16 million lives, including more than 140,000 Scots.
You are invited to look around and share the stories.
An area of Edinburgh’s Central Library underwent a remarkable transformation into a First World War trench area, complete with mock images of walls, barbed wire and sandbags.
Examples of real ammunition, a soldier’s helmet, toys, clothes and other artefacts from the Great War are also on display.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced “It will also change the way that we live – from the way we book holidays to the way we access health care. We are committed to ensuring that all of Scotland is able to reap the social and cultural benefits of the internet.
“Broadband, just like roads and railways, is a vital part of Scotland’s infrastructure, and that is why we are committed to delivering a world class digital infrastructure to the people of Scotland by 2020.”
“ A digital Scotland to me is a concept that has to be central to our future. As a small country with huge intellectual capacity, digital media and digital technology have to be right at the core of everything we do going forward.”
Edinburgh’s libraries can support everyone with the information, skills, access to content and opportunities to get on board and benefit from Scotland’s bright future
Libraries are probably not your first thought if you or a member of your family are dyslexic but our 3 year partnership with Dyslexia Scotland has changed that in Edinburgh and made a real difference
In line with this thrilling year of Sport, come and toast the Dyslexia Awareness Week programme in style with a glass of bubbly, in the company of great representatives from the sporting world, all of them Ambassadors for Dyslexia Scotland…be mesmerised by Keith Cook, fencing champion and inspired by Paul McNeill, Scottish Football Association and Chris Tiso of Tiso Group Limited.
One of the first fully transactional public library smartphone apps in the UK, the Edinburgh Library app:
Out shopping and seen a book you want to read? Scan the barcode on the back cover to your phone and the libraries app will search the catalogue to see if the library has a copy you can reserve.
Couldn’t get to the library to renew your books and DVDs ? Use the Edinburgh Libraries app to log in to your account and do it there and then wherever you are.
Keep forgetting your library membership card ? Scan it in to you phone and you won’t need to worry in future. The scan will work on self service and at traditional library counters.
Edinburgh Libraries updated smart phone app is now available and if you already have the previous version you can quickly update it on your phone.
If you are not a member you can still use the app to search the library catalogue, find the nearest Edinburgh library to where you are, when it’s open and how to get there, or just follow the Literary Map of Edinburgh.