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!

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Place and platform

I spoke at Internet Librarian International 2012 earlier this week and listened to many interesting speakers.

The conceDavid Weinbergerpt that intrigued me most was the  library as a “platform”.  At the same time the library as a “place” is a powerful one more so coupled with this concept of a platform

Interesting possibilities open up if we think of    libraries as platforms and this simplified for me when I came across  David Weinberger

David described a library platform as about “developing knowledge and community, not primarily for developing software. Still, like an open software platform, it would:

  • Be open to all
  • Give access to every scrap of information it has, including its digital content, but also metadata about that content, its usage, and the social interactions around it
  • Enable new products and services to be built by anyone with an idea
  • Integrate everything the library knows into the entire Net ecosystem”

I love David Weinberger “Conceiving of the library as a platform not only opens a range of new services and provides for a continuous increase in the library’s value, it also does something libraries urgently need to do: it changes the criteria of success.”

Libraries – driving a digital future for Scotland

The Scottish Government published its Digital Public Services FrDigital future wordleamework  on the 19th of September. The document sets out the vision and helps shape how the Scottish Government will move forward with their priority of public service reform over the coming years.

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.

Join us at Libraries driving a digital future at the VOCAL conference

Sandbags and gladrags

Our WW1 History Hub opened yesterday and will gather and collate information on the  history oHistory Hub as trenchf 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.

10 euros to turn mobile phone users into book readers?

A German e-reader company has launched its device . Likely to be priced at a startling €10, the txtr beagle  5” e-reader is small and light, and runs on two AAA batteries.Txtr Beagle gadget

Txtr is planning to tackle a growing problem: how to turn mobile phone users into book readers, a potential market, which could be huge.

At €10, the beagle may not feel like having to buy another device, and therefore might appeal to readers who want to read digitally, but don’t want to do so on their mobile phones.

Something else for us all in libraries to wrestle with?

Eye on the future

With an eye on the future Edinburgh’s libraries are are ready to underpin the Scottish Government’s plans for Scotland’s Digital Future

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.”

Chris van der Kuyl, Chief Executive of Dundee-based online publishing company Brightsolid, said:

“ 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

An APP(t) reminder

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.

E-stonia- what we can learn

Mike Bracken  Executive Director of Digital Efficiency and Reform at the Cabinet Office has written a great article in  Holyrood magazine this week. Intriguing how a small country like Estonia Map of Estoniahas developed a culture and system of governance and public service provision using the Internet and transparency as core principles.

” One of the biggest differences with Estonia’s thriving open source culture is that licensed software is an almost alien concept. Just 1 per cent of Estonia’s GDP goes on technology and services, with 0.1 per cent going on software licences, a negligible amount, considering that nearly all of their public services are run to a digital by default model.”

Let us learn !

Future planning and new models

I am really pleased to be speaking on “It’s time for the future “ at the Future planning and new models  session at the International Internet Librarian 2012 conference in London  on the 30th October

Even at this timInternet Librarian 2012e of economic pressure, Edinburgh’s public libraries are delivering real innovation and creativity. Edinburgh’s Library and Information Service is delivering a new model for libraries across the city, based on a strategic approach which borrows from the retail sector to deliver ‘Next generation library and information services’.

Hope to see you there

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