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 time 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’.
“Innovative on so many fronts, full of energy, bang up to date and unafraid ofthe future.” Bookseller Awardsjudging 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” willshowcaseour 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 innovationthat candrive the progress of their library and information services. Join us!
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.
Tim 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.
Pushing 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!
I love Seth Godin – He thinks the librarians of the future will almost universally be tasked with tutoring students on their homework, teaching customers computer basics, and other responsibilities putting them at the front lines. But this transition is a positive one, as it nurtures a heightened sense of community and destigmatizes the librarian profession
” painting them as neighbourly mentors instead of silencing book police”