Just one of the books on WBN list

World Book Night in Edinburgh – Bond is back!

World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books which sees tens of thousands of passionate volunteers gift specially chosen and printed WBN books in their communities to share their love of reading.

Things are moving fast as we finalise all our events for World Book Night on 23rd April 2013, the biggest literary event of the year.

There will be lots of events to celebrate right across the city and for those of you who fancy a ‘black tie’ event why not come to Edinburgh’s beautiful Central Library which will be transformed to host our World Book Nght flagship event for our flagship event, ‘World Book Night – Bond is back!’.

Go to www.edinburghreads.eventbrite.co.uk or phone 0131 242 8100

Each year WBN recruit 20,000 volunteers to hand out 20 copies of their favourite book from the WBN list to members of their community who don’t regularly read.  By enlisting thousands of passionate book lovers around the country World Book Night reaches out to the millions of people in the UK who have yet to fall in love with reading in the hope that we can start them on their reading journey. In addition World Book Night distributes half a million books directly to the hardest to reach potential readers in prisons, care homes, hospitals, sheltered, supported and social housing, the homeless and through partner charities working throughout the UK. World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so.  But it is also about more than that: it’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways, through the sharing of stories.

A red carpet event for guests and givers to hear a star studded line up of authors…join us!

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I am really chuffed to be speaking at International Federation of Library Associations  World Library and Information Congress in Singapore in August 2013.

IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.

IFLA was in fact Founded in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 30 September 1927 at an international conference.

For 2010-2015, the IFLA Governing Board has set out four Strategic Directions:

  • Empowering libraries to enable their user communities to have equitable access to information;
  • Building the strategic capacity of IFLA and that of its members;
  • Transforming the profile and standing of the profession;
  • Representing the interests of IFLA’s members and their users throughout the world.

1927 was a long time ago and libraries here have changed hugely I hope we can host a congress again at some point over the next few years

World Library and Information Congress – Singapore

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

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

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

Super connected city

Libraries and Information Services in Edinburgh are gearing up to help support the drive to roll out of ubiquitous fast connectivity. This has never been more important in cities in order to meet the increasing demand of all users and to foster economic growth. Pervasive fast broadband connectivity for residents and businesses is seen as a key driver of inward investment. By investing in Ultrafast broadband, Edinburgh will strengthen its position as a super-connected city able to compete with the world’s top digital cities, and as a place where digital businesses aspire to be based.  However this will deliver other objectives besides economic growth: increase opportunities for all, enable social initiatives, increase digital participation, support tourism and improve the delivery of public services.

This is the right time for libraries to step up and lead on demand stimulation and digital and social inclusion – areas that we are so good at!