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.

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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

 

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.

 

Internet Librarian

I am excited about speaking at Internet Librarian International 12  I will be hearing from information professionals and practising librarians as they share their experiences about their creative projects, innovative solutions and practical implementation strategies.

I know I’ll come back with updated skills and ideas on new approaches, products and technology for finding, organising and managing information resources.

For me it is a real opportunity to step back,  be reawakened, renewed and refresh my ideas and thinking.

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!