Back to the main hall for Liz McGettigan who spoke about the infinite possibilities of libraries and librarians in the digital age, with particular refernce to her work with City of Edinburgh Libraries.
With a quick overview of how digital technology had changed the world, Liz quoted Charles Darwin,
It’s not the strongest that survive, it’s the one that’s most adaptable to change
pointing out that innovation means adjustments to libraries to meet both revised customer expectations and modified government agenda.
Some highlghts from Edinburgh include:
- their own blog, Tales of One City,
- a website featuring ‘Edinburgh’s history through Stories, Images and Historical Maps from Edinburgh Libraries‘, Our Town Stories,
- a library app, Your Library, Learn, Escape, Enjoy which provide access to local libraries and allows the mobile to act as a library ticket.
- eBooks, and regular promotion of them
- tablets for their staff.
In addition, Edinburgh invested in the physical appearance of their libraries to facilitate the impact of the technological changes, all of which has led to measurable improvements in both the satisfaction and the number of visits of customers.
So what happens next? Liz faced the audience with a collection of characteristics of the new type of Library Leader required, and challenged us: is this you? If not, get out there, get reading, find a mentor, take risks! If it is: say you can do it, and make it happen!
WE NEED TO GET BETTER AT SHOWING OFF
Also work checking out: Freak Out, Geek Out, Seek Out: Trends, Transformations, Change in Libraries by David King