Edinburgh’s Women of Achievement

This story on Edinburgh Libraries’  OurTownStories  is a short survey of some outstanding Victorian women from Edinburgh.  It celebrates some of the important female figures from Edinburgh’s past and tells how they made their mark on history. Many of these women were lucky enough to come from wealthy families and had the financial means to push at the imposed boundaries of their lives.
Most of these women of achievement strove to obtain roles in society where they could better the position of other females, by the provision of education, healthcare or the right to vote.Read a fascinating  snapshot of each woman’s life and find out how their campaigning and dedication changed the lives of other women. Read this story  Edinburgh’s Women of Achievement

 

Independent Sieghart review of e-lending in public libraries published

Alyson's Welsh libraries blog

Last autumn the DCMS commissioned an independent review of e-lending in public libraries in England. The panel took evidence from selected individuals and organisations representing a range of views, from publishers, librarians, booksellers, authors and so on, as well as an open call for evidence.

The review has just been published (press release and actual review) and makes for interesting reading. (NB, although it says England in the title, as the ‘big six’ publishers are national or international companies, and because it covers PLR, its findings will probably end up applying to Wales as well.) It sets out that it “attempts to establish some ground rules on which publishers and libraries can agree to move forward in expanding digital lending offers.”

It’s a pretty easy report to read, and on my very initial quick reading of it, I would say that the findings are generally quite positive…

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Just one of the books on WBN list

World Book Night in Edinburgh – Bond is back!

World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books which sees tens of thousands of passionate volunteers gift specially chosen and printed WBN books in their communities to share their love of reading.

Things are moving fast as we finalise all our events for World Book Night on 23rd April 2013, the biggest literary event of the year.

There will be lots of events to celebrate right across the city and for those of you who fancy a ‘black tie’ event why not come to Edinburgh’s beautiful Central Library which will be transformed to host our World Book Nght flagship event for our flagship event, ‘World Book Night – Bond is back!’.

Go to www.edinburghreads.eventbrite.co.uk or phone 0131 242 8100

Each year WBN recruit 20,000 volunteers to hand out 20 copies of their favourite book from the WBN list to members of their community who don’t regularly read.  By enlisting thousands of passionate book lovers around the country World Book Night reaches out to the millions of people in the UK who have yet to fall in love with reading in the hope that we can start them on their reading journey. In addition World Book Night distributes half a million books directly to the hardest to reach potential readers in prisons, care homes, hospitals, sheltered, supported and social housing, the homeless and through partner charities working throughout the UK. World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so.  But it is also about more than that: it’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways, through the sharing of stories.

A red carpet event for guests and givers to hear a star studded line up of authors…join us!

Aside

I am really chuffed to be speaking at International Federation of Library Associations  World Library and Information Congress in Singapore in August 2013.

IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.

IFLA was in fact Founded in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 30 September 1927 at an international conference.

For 2010-2015, the IFLA Governing Board has set out four Strategic Directions:

  • Empowering libraries to enable their user communities to have equitable access to information;
  • Building the strategic capacity of IFLA and that of its members;
  • Transforming the profile and standing of the profession;
  • Representing the interests of IFLA’s members and their users throughout the world.

1927 was a long time ago and libraries here have changed hugely I hope we can host a congress again at some point over the next few years

World Library and Information Congress – Singapore