EDGE 2013 CONFERENCE 28th Feb – 1st Mar 2013


Information and communications technology impacts on the communities in which we live and the way individuals, business, government and civil society interact and develop. Public sector and lower-budget organisations have just as much a need, if not more, to keep afloat of the latest developments and innovations within the digital arena. The good news is that engagement doesn’t cost the earth. In fact, fighting back against the big-budget boys within the digital space is possible! Join those who are already winning

Simultaneously, all sectors have shown increased interest in the concept of social capital and the role ICT can play in building stronger communities, increasing economic productivity and contributing to regeneration. As the use and impact of ICT increases and government agendas shift to a requirement on the individual to be ICT literate, the prospect that ICT can play a role in shaping the nature of community development and contributing to the building of social capital is even more important.

ICT is changing the way that individuals within communities interact, expanding the concept of community to those groups that are not bounded by geography, i.e. so-called virtual communities.

How ready are you for the new world of communications and community? Is your community ready for the impact of Public Sector Welfare Reform? Are you socially networked? Virtually engaged? What’s new? Find out what you don’t know from leaders in this arena

Derrick McCourt – Director Scotland, Wales & UK Local Government Microsoft.
Liz McGettigan – Libraries & Information Services Manager
Mike Neilson – Director for Digital, The Scottish Government
James Murdock – Director of Multimedia Content, New York Public Libraries – Network Communities
Natasha Innocent – Demand Stimulation Lead, Broadband Delivery UK – Connecting the Disconnected
Marshall Breeding – Independent Consultant – Nashville USA – Predicting the Smart Library
Jim Thompson – Digital and Information Services Manager, Edinburgh – “Digital Strategy for Smart Libraries”


Many authorities are now recognising how they can effectively push the boundaries of public service delivery, create more cost effective estates, build stronger communities and promote economic vitality through their libraries and electronic information services.

Libraries are now defining a vision for themselves, as hybrid libraries, which are a combination of a conventional library and a new electronic network library. Often, new library projects are associated with the regeneration of towns and city centres but now planners are more and more seeing the value of enhancing commercial areas with public library and cultural buildings open to everyone.

So what are you doing about this? Are you getting left behind? Learn from the leaders in the field!

Jonathan Guthrie – Edinburgh City Development Partnership Director
Councillor Richard Lewis, Convenor of Culture and Leisure
Brian Gambles – Director for the Library of Birmingham – Future City, Future Library
Neil MacInnes – Head of Library, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council – Culture at the Heart of the City
Mark Turley – Director of Services for the Communities, City of Edinburgh Council – Next Generation Libraries
Diana Barr – South Lanarkshire Council Blackwood Digital Library
Karen Cunningham – Glasgow Life Bridgeton Library


How do we build community resilience? Resilience here is defined as ‘the ability to solve problems, act for the future and participate in decision making’. The world is at a critical point in history, facing a growing number of threats including environmental issues, economic recession and humanitarian disasters. Experience and research show that the quantity and quality of social capital within a community plays a crucial role in our resilience.

Public services and in particular public libraries initiate and support activities that engage, involve and connect people; discover and make the most of people’s talents and potential; improve and create networks within and between communities; and nurture relationships of trust and partnership through working together

How resilient are your communities? How can you build social capital? What can you do to build strong communities? Learn from experts and get ahead of the game!

Annie Mauger – Chief Executive of Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
Richard Watson – Co founder Strategy Insight – What’s Next
Clare Thompson – North Yorks Council, Winners of Libraries Change Lives
Debbie Hicks – Director of Research, The Reading Agency Public Libraries in partnership with NHS
Paul McNeil – Scottish Football Association, Dyslexia Scotland Ambassador – Success is for everyone.
Bill Jamieson, Former Executive Editor of The Scotsman
Join us!

Liz McGettigan
Head of Libraries and Information Services
The City of Edinburgh Council


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