Changing Challenge to Opportunity

Thursday 5th & Friday 6th March 2015

Look who’s coming this year!

Can you afford to miss it?

Patrick Losinski – CEO Columbus Libraries, Ohio

Patrick will talk us through 3 valuable topics.

The E book revelation – the challenges and opportunities for the future.

Educational Crisis and how libraries are vital to the Learning and Development of our youth.

Moving our Value forward – how to impress our leaders when maybe “circulation figures”  just isn’t enough.

After Patrick’s presentation our audience will be able to take away knowledge on how to show leaders, critics and citizen’s, that without libraries, there will be no loyal, safe, comfortable spaces to learn, read, gather and grow as a community.

Polly Hamilton – Head of Culture, Heritage, Libraries & Arts Services – Blackpool

In 2010 Polly Hamilton led on the massive project to develop the Visual Arts in Blackpool and to bring back the sparkle and life by re development to the whole city.  Find out how Polly made this happen, how she generated over 4million in funding, and the challenges opportunities that came her way.

Polly will give us tips on what’s important to investors. And see the finished results.

Bonnie Clarke – Director, Scotland, Badenoch & Clarke

Bonnie will present some new and successful ways to develop teams, to look at roles in a new way, and to inspire staff to be effective and creative at the same time. Staff are the life blood of any organisation and it is  part of a Leaders role to give their teams the opportunity to flourish and reach their potential.

Euan MacDonald – Owner Euan’s Guide.

Euan has an inspiring story to tell.  In 2003 Euan noticed something was wrong. Euan was diagnosed with Motor Neurons Disease.  Not letting this hold him back, Euan and his team have developed a website for where to go and what to do for the disabled. This is a passionate journey made up of challenges faced and opportunities grasped.

Neil MacInnes – Head of Manchester Libraries.

Manchester Central Library is now totally revamped and an iconic building with resources and knowledge for all its visitors. Neil will show us the new technology and groundbreaking arena that is Central Library. What can you take home…how can this happen in your authority. Come and find out.

Sara Wingate Gray & Kate Lomax – Artefacto

Discover the Library Wall, how did it come about, how is it doing?

There is also a new development….come and find out what’s new.

David Hayden & Jenny Peachey – Edinburgh City Libraries & Carnegie Trust UK

Carnegie Library Lab winner – What’s the Digital Toybox all about, what made this project one of the winners.

How can you apply in 2016.

Sally Kerr & Alison Stoddart – Edinburgh City Libraries

Edinburgh was the first council in Scotland to have an Open Data Strategy and runs EdinburghApps the first Civic Challenge event in the UK. In partnership with NESTA we’ve developed Edinburgh OpenDoors and Edinburgh Collected. This innovative technology will allow you to use these specific codes to develop these projects (and more) in your own authorities. Find out how we can help you save money and time!



EDGE is about sharing and developing good practice and ideas to confidently embrace the challenges of change and reform.

Edinburgh City Libraries again present a programme of topics, speakers, and panel discussions showcasing and stimulating innovation in public services.


EDGE is not about preaching to the converted, so our unique offer of :-

Book 2 places and receive 10% discount and bring your ELECTED MEMBER to the full conference sessions and Gala Dinner as our guest (worth £350) is a valuable asset for political buy in.

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