Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about the essential role that public libraries are playing in the regeneration of Scotland’s communities. An example of this is happening right now in Craigmillar
in Edinburgh where work has just begun on the development of a new neighbourhood and library centre. Replacing a number of tired and old buildings this cutting edge facility will be a hub for the local community; housing a number of council services, partner agencies and of course a library service that’s responsive to the needs and expectations of 21st century users. Exciting times for the residents of Craigmillar!
Take a quick peek at the 3D walkthrough of the new centre. Impressive stuff. Can’t wait to visit when it opens in 2013!
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I’ve been on maternity leave for the past 9 months which explains the lack of activity on my blog . I don’t return to work officially until June but now that my beautiful baby girl is a little bit older I’m getting some time to do bits and pieces of research – yeah!
Just spent the morning catching up on all the news from the library community. The most exciting of which (I think) is that Lauren Smith has been nominated as a Library Journal Mover & Shaker 2011.
Lauren’s done some amazing work over the past year, including campaigning tirelessly to Save Doncaster Libraries and working as co-ordinator and spokesperson for the excellent Voices for the Library campaign . The future for public libraries in the UK looks brighter thanks to people like Lauren! :)
A full list of Movers and Shakers 2011 can be found here.
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Just read a post on Brian Kelly’s blog about a free event that UKOLN and Mimas are running in Manchester on 24th May. Although the event is aimed primarily at those already involved in JISC-funded work it will also be of interest to those of us involved in evaluating the impact of services, improving user engagement and demonstrating value. Unfortunately I can’t make it to the event but I’ll hopefully be able to follow the discussions via Brian’s Twitter feed on the day
For more details about the event, including learning objectives and event timetable visit the UKOLN website.
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