Change

Driving change

I was recently asked to sum up our success and significant upturn in performance in an email and found it almost impossible. However In 2012 Edinburgh won the Bookseller Library Service of the Year Award and I think this sums up our success pretty well. The award was launched to recognise library services which are thriving and innovating in a difficult climate and increasing access and performance.

Edinburgh was considered against a range of libraries across the UK. Judges identified our key strengths as:
* Range of services for hard to reach readers
* A cutting edge website and Library App
* Engaging social media activity
* Committed support from the local authority.

Also referenced in our success was our online library portal ‘Your Library‘, 2 brand new library facilities within the city including Drumbrae Library Hub and Craigmillar Library Hub, refurbished facilities in Morningside and several others, the Prison Library Service, the range of special reading projects including those for dyslexic children and services for older readers.

Judges concluded that Edinburgh Libraries & Information Services are “innovative on so many fronts, full of energy, bang up to date and unafraid of the future”. Providing “a template for libraries everywhere to be inspired by.”

This is the third national libraries award won by the city’s library service in two years. In July 2010, the service was successful in winning the Libraries Change Lives Award from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals for HMP Edinburgh Library Partnership (Saughton Prison).
This was followed in 2011 with the ‘Whose Town’ Project achieving the Scottish Design Awards Chairman’s Award.

Key to any success is the fantastic teamwork and innovative thinking in our staff. It is the power to drive and embrace change

If you would like to know more we are hosting  our annual EDGE 2013 conference 28th February – 1st March and we would be delighted to put some flesh on the bones of this short summary

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We can do it !

Let’s show the world how great we can be!

Elected member free offer ! What a line up at EDGE 2013 this year ! Mike Nielson – Director of Scottish Government Digital, Natasha Innocent – Demand Stimulation Lead, Broadband Delivery UK. , Marshall Breeding- creator of the Library Technology Guides, Brian Gambles  and so many more leading lights!

Time for you to submit that award entry!

Reading the future – developing award-winning reading services

Edinburgh City Libraries and Information Services are delighted to be winners of the Bookseller Industry Award  ‘Library Service of the Year 2012′. Bookseller award

“Innovative on so many fronts, full of energy, bang up to date and unafraid ofthe future. ”  Bookseller Awards judging panel

Many of you have been keen to find out what we do and how we do it, so we have designed a seminar to showcase some key elements of that work.

“Reading the Future – Developing award winning reading services”  will showcase our innovative reading partnerships, our wide ranging contact with communities and hard to reach groups and our bold developments in electronic and digital information services. 

Attendees will leave with information and innovation that can drive the progress of their library and information services.  Join us! 

Friday 16th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh EH8 8BG

£60.00 per person including refreshments and lunch.

Contact: grainne.crawford@edinburgh.gov.uk 0131 529 7791

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!

The Fourth International m-libraries Conference 2012

The  m-libraries conference this year runs from 24-26 September 2012 at the Open University, UK.

This year is  main theme for the “From margin to mainstream: mobile technologies transforming lives and libraries”

Mobile technology has transformed so many aspects of our lives: how we work, how we communicate, how we study and how we play. Since the first successful M-libraries conference in 2007, libraries around the world have made huge advances in harnessing the technology to improve and enhance their services.  The Fourth conference will bring together researchers, technical developers, managers and library practitioners to review achievements to date and consider the creative challenges and opportunities ahead.

I am chuffed to be speaking on “Libraries surviving and thriving in the multi-device, multi connection world”m-libraries logo courtesy m-libraries

I hope to see you there

“Unafraid of the Future”

Bookseller Best Library service award!

At a recent ceremony in London Edinburgh City Libraries and Information Services were given this accolade the judges said we were “innovative on so many fronts,full of energy,  bang up to date and unafraid of the future” and they declared This is a template for libraries everywhere to be inspired by”