Archive for the ‘engaged and informed’ Category

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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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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A 12th century fortress may be an unlikely setting for a conference exploring new media and technologies, but there isn’t a grander venue than Edinburgh Castle. Known as the Defender of Scotland, with prime position on volcanic rock, the castle dominates the skyline of the Capital. Scotland has always been a global leader in innovation with the castle used for original solutions, such as the one o’clock gun – a time signal to ships in the Firth of Forth which is still fired every day (although not for its original purpose).

Today the Castle’s role has transformed into a centrepiece for UK tourism and celebrating Edinburgh’s famed festivals. In 1996 the Old and New towns of Edinburgh were inscribed as a World Heritage Site, with the Castle as the most important building of this status. This historical monster also provides a backdrop of sweeping views over classic and modern architecture of the city, taking in the many styles and industries representing Edinburgh’s past and future.

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Check out this fantastic new e-newsletter, this month featuring Credit Crunch Libraries – the latest initiative for saving money and being sustainable by borrowing Electricity Monitor Meters.

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Stunning library picks up another award. Read about how the new Newcastle City Library has been integral to this redevelopment in a case study published on the MLA web site.

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