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!

Embodying the public library ethos in Craigmillar Library

Library services are based on a number of underpinning principles, which have driven public library development and shaped the trusted role they play in society.  Our ethos is rooted in education for workers, equality of access to resources and information and the right to participate in democratic society.

We are also about sharing and sustainability, sharing content and spaces. Embodying all of this is  Craigmillar’s brand new library which opened its doors to the public  on Monday 26 November.

The fabulous, purpose-built library replaces the old and unfit building that was no longer fit for purpose. The new community space supports the ongoing regeneration of Craigmillar and is a key focal point of the new town centre.

Bustling with customers, families and children it is a wonderful addition to the community of Craigmillar

Libraries taking on a growing role in the world of architecture.

Libraries are again taking on a growing role in the world of architecture. I love that this fact is being recognised once again!

The planned $45 million Geelong Library and Heritage Centre is yet another example of the growing trend.

“We know modern library services help shape smarter and more connected local communities,” says  Geelong Regional Library Board chair Andy Richards Geelong Library and heritage centre

M – libraries

Yesterday I spoke at theInternational M-Libraries Conference 2012

The main theme of the conference this year was “from margin to mainstream:mobile technologies transforming lives and libraries

 I didn’t realise until I got there that I was the only “public” librarian in a sea of academics.

However the delegates were all very interesting and I really enjoyed the sessions.  I realised we have so much more in common than most people imagine and we could benefit hugely from closer partnerships.

I talked about our portal, our blog,  new projects and our app

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!

A unique future place

Amsterdam Library I talk quite a lot about digital and electronic developments in the future of libraries, but equally key is the future role of libraries as a space and in communty, information, inclusion, culture and the arts.

The library of the future will be a unique destination with an offer that can’t be provide by any other organisation. A safe, third place for learning, culture, heritage and information. A modern, inviting place to relax and enjoy coffee and the unique atmosphere from cradle to the grave.

A business hub and an employability and skills haven for young people. A place for people to learn the ICT skills they need

On August 17th in the Edinburgh Festival at the Central Library  Makmed the Miller presents The Grief of Isis and Peter Barratt talks about Alice Hawkins, the life of a suffragette.

 

Brand new Library Hubs

Edinburgh is bucking the trend and building a new Library Hub at Craigmillar. Craigmillar Library will create a spacious and accessible building which provides a 21st Century library service together with co-located partner and council services. The brand new Drumbrae Library Hub opened in January 2012Image

Our vision for the libraries estate is;

  • To optimise the utilisation of assets in terms of service benefits and financial return
  • To contribute to the economic and social growth of the City
  • To add value to the library offer through co-location