Publishers and librarians – to partnership!

Stronger together!
We share many of the same audiences from adults children, readers, book lovers researchers students so why any divide ?
As book shops and libraries across the country close, libraries are more than ever ideally placed to showcase a wide range of publishers’ output, to encourage, engage, support and enhance reading through reader development activities, opening new avenues of reading to library users.
E-lending is one of the bigest issues facing public libraries and will be essential if public libraries are to continue to be an integral part of a networked society.
Tomorrow we will explore some of these issues at the Publishing Scotland Open Book Event in Edinburgh.
The only way forward is partnership.

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

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

Making a difference – Dyslexia

Libraries are probably not your first thought if you or a member of your family  are dyslexic but our 3 year partnership with Dyslexia Scotland has changed that in Edinburgh and made a real difference

In line with this thrilling year of Sport, come and toast the Dyslexia Awareness Week programme  in style with a glass of bubbly, in the company of great representatives from the sporting world, all of them Ambassadors for Dyslexia Scotland…be mesmerised by Keith Cook, fencing champion and inspired by Paul McNeill, Scottish Football Association and Chris Tiso of Tiso Group Limited.

Edinburgh Central Library  (Mezzanine Level), Tuesday 6th November, 6.30-8pm
Book online or phone 0131 242 8022

Dyslexia Awareness Week  – Tuesday 6th until Saturday 10th November 2012

 

Must see !

A new unique centre dedicated to the collection and dissemination of information on Scotland’s contribution to World War 1 opens next week.

The World War 1 History Hub, located in Edinburgh Central LibrEdinburgh's warary is the first such initiative in the United Kingdom and the result of a collaboration with  the University of Edinburgh.

A visually stimulating, dedicated space where the history of Scotland’s contribution to WW1 is brought alive for all generations.

The main focus of the WW1 Hub will be to run workshops and seminars, and carry out military and diaspora genealogy research. Members of the public will have the chance to talk to experts and to find the story of their own family’s World War One history. There will also be a programme of poetry, art and music events, bringing Edinburgh during 1914-1918 to life.

 

 

Libraries in the digital Age

Last Friday I spoke at the Festival Politics on the  Libraries in the digital Age. There was a very lively discussion and huge interest in the topic from the audience.New technology

The event was organised ty the Carnegie Trust who are taking a welcome lead in looking closely at national library strategy and the impact of  digital developments.

Max Whitby of Touch Press showed some fabulous work and talked about books as “defining inventions of the civilisation—and how today they are poised for a revolution.”

Touch Press’s  aim is to create a new kind of book that makes use of emerging technology to redefine the book, reinvent publishing, and forever transform the act of reading.

Martyn Wade of the National Library of Scotland talked about a National strategy for libraries and said  ‘We hold millions of historic documents dating back centuries and it has been frustrating that we have had no ability to save electronic information from just a few years ago. Knowledge about our past is vital in shaping our future and action is needed to stop important electronic information disappearing down this digital black hole.’

So thanks to the CarnegieTrust for raising issues here.

The power of social: improving performance through collaboration

The power of social media is incredible ! It’s not just a fad or something for the future it is part and parcel of daily life for our audiences. Our customers and potential customers have a need to connect with other people to share feelings, thoughts, and ideas. Now social media allows us  to collaborate with them all, to create and maintain  relationships electronically and at the same time build networks and trust

Promotion and marketing is an essential now for libraries and information  services as much as any other business and as we compete more and more for peopl’s time.

By using Facebook , Twitter, YouTube, RSS feeds, Flickr  and  Tales of One City    Social Media, we have competed and undoubtedly grown our business. The cost to enter and participate in the social space is negligible but needs skill and time.

In comparison with traditional forms of marketing, such as print, broadcast and online advertising, the cost to market our services and brand in social media has been very very low.

Building our libraries and information services brand like  has never been so important as today and Social Media allows us to have a voice without a huge budget! It has also brought us visits, friends, partners and issues.