Category Archives: Scotland

24 Islands / 24 Hours  

Interesting initiative from Shetland Library to reach readers in the remote communities of Shetland and Orkney, both subarctic archipelagos of Scotland. The challenge consists on ”reading events in 24 islands across Orkney and Shetland in just 24 hours”.

The event took place last Friday 12 September.

You can read a post about it at The Guardian or check their web page

Scottish libraries in pictures

Libraries from Scotland have come up with a very appealing marketing campaign in the occasion of the Book Week Scotland 2013: they’ve contacted local artists to do out in their style the façades and window panes of the public libraries.

You can check the results at this slideshow from the BBC News portal


Libraries as “public living rooms”

Liz McGettigan, Head of libraries and information services at the City of Edinburgh Council, published a post a few weeks ago at Newstart. Marketing is an important aspect of Library Management. Plus, Edinburgh’s libraries offer an attractive set of services and have managed to increase usage and performance despite of the budget cuts. Read  the full article in this link:

Libraries as “public living rooms”

Our Town Stories, a new web of Edinburgh Libraries

Our Town Stories is one of our newer websites tracing the history of Edinburgh through images, maps and stories from the libraries’ heritage collections. You can preview the site at

Our Town Stories covers the period 1700 to the present day.

Users can

• View images of Edinburgh through a map interface
• Discover how familiar places have changed through then and now images
• Read Stories of Edinburgh’s people, places and city life
• Explore historical maps tracing Edinburgh’s development since 1700

For the best experience please use the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari to view this website. At work Our Town Stories is best viewed on People’s Network PC’s or on Firefox (how well the site will display will depend on your version of Firefox)

We also made a commitment to deliver on information on Edinburgh’s Women of Achievement see link

Best wishes

Liz McGettigan
Head of Libraries and Information Services
The City of Edinburgh Council
0131 529 7894

Summary of news on the Sister Libraries Programme

This week in Sister Libraries, we have an important announcement to do: a new region is joining in! It’s Scotland.

You’ll also find the activities designed  by four sister libraries: a couple of projects to bid farewell to the current year by the Allo Public Library (Spain) working with the Aleksandrow Public Library (Poland) and the activities scheduled for 2013 by the Salamanca Public Library “Torrente Ballester” and its Sister library, the Lousada Municipal Library in Portugal.

Get more information at Sister Libraries

Digital Scotland

Here comes one more presentation from the last NAPLE Assembly. In this case, Digital Scotland – building e‐services in public libraries, by Elaine Fulton , from Scotland.

EDGE International Public Libraries Conference 2012


Please join us in Edinburgh on 1st and 2nd March for EDGE 2012. Find out how we are building new library hubs! Finalists for UK Public Sector digital awards and winners of Libraries change Lives award for Prison work, Children in Care and youth work.

Hear fabulous speakers from Italy, New York and Chicago. Not to be missed!

I am sending you the link to the awards submission page and of course the bookings section (all best viewed in Mozilla).

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

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