Archive for January, 2010

The key role of public libraries in opening up free online access and providing support to help people get online is highlighted in a new research report.


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Edinburgh’s very own Liz McGettigan speaks about Edinburgh Libraries’ online strategy, working to mirror the community, our virtual libraries project and Edge 2010.

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Get a sneak preview of Susan Benton in action, as she speaks about the ULC/ICMA grant project, (supported by the Gates Foundation), which seeks ways for libraries to help make cities stronger and the future goals of Urban Libraries.

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Mike Amesbury is currently the Executive (Cabinet) Member for Culture  & Leisure at Manchester City Council, taking up the role after the May 2008 elections.  

He was elected to Manchester City Council in 2006, representing the Fallowfield Ward.

Mike has a Social Science Bachelor of Arts Degree, and is Postgraduate Qualified in careers guidance and education.

His political achievements over the last two years include staging the first Manchester International Festivals, and the 2008 – A Year of World Sport programme, which included the UCI Track Cycling World Championships, the 9th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), the BUPA Great Manchester Run, the UEFA Cup Final and the Hi-Tec World Squash Championships. This built upon the legacy of the successful Commonwealth Games in 2002.

Mike’s particular interests are Manchester United, and utilising the cultural economy to improve the life chances of Manchester residents.

He is the Director of the Hallé (an international orchestra based in Manchester), the Millennium Quarter Trust Board, Manchester Concert Halls Limited (Bridgewater Hall), the Library Theatre Board, the Manchester Sport and Leisure Trust, the Velodrome Trust and the Manchester International Festival.

Mike is a member of the Labour Party’s Work and Prosperity Commission, serving alongside the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.  Achievements to date have included extending and improving Minimum Wage Provision in the UK, and improving the flexibility of the workforce with greater support for families with children.

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One of the UK’s leading information providers for the public sector and beyond, is proud to now be associated with Edge 2010. Visit the IDOX Information Services web site.

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1,500 library professionals from around the globe come together to celebrate libraries, technology and change for the Library 101 project. The project aims to honour library staff traditions while practically embracing emerging technologies. Since going live in October 2009 there have been an enormous 17,800 views of the Library 101 music video on Youtube and over 3000 fans on Facebook.

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Martyn Wade joined the National Library of Scotland (NLS) as National Librarian in 2002, after 25 years experience in the public library sector. During this time he worked in a number of rural and urban authorities, including London Borough of Sutton, Leicestershire and Cambridgeshire. He was appointed as Head of Libraries, Information and Learning with Glasgow City Council before moving to NLS.

Throughout his career Martyn has taken a particular interest in developing integrated customer and citizen-focused services. Under his leadership, NLS has developed a reputation for innovative developments in widening access to the library’s collections, expertise and services. In particular, the Library is exploring the use of partnerships and technology to support research at all levels, whilst enabling and welcoming new audiences to enjoy, learn and benefit from the Library’s rich and unique resources.

Martyn’s professional interests are extensive. He is an active member of a number of groups including the National Trust for Scotland, Vice Chair of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature, the Board of the Scottish Poetry Library, the Scottish Library and Information Council, Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries and the Council of Lifelong Learning UK

Martyn was awarded a Bachelor of Librarianship degree from Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic in 1976 and Master of Librarianship from Aberystwyth University in 1992.

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