Meet the team

City of Edinburgh Council Libraries and Information Services

Jim-ThompsonJim Thompson
Digital and Information Services Manager

Jim is responsible for ICT development and the purchase and management of Edinburgh City Library stock resources. Ranging from public computing services to self service to online resources and content, Jim’s role is focussed on improving the library experience for existing and potential customers.

Paul McCloskey
(Acting) Libraries & Information Manager

Paul has responsibility for operational management and service transformation in Central Library, Direct Services and Interpretation and Translation services. He has strategic responsibility for people planning and customer services. He has developed a continuing interest in the potential for libraries to reach out and make a difference for people who need extra support. Direct Services includes mobile libraries, services for people in care homes and sheltered housing, secure units for looked after children, child and family centres and special schools. The Direct Services team also manages the HMP Edinburgh Prison Library and Hospital Libraries.

He is currently involved in improving local access to libraries for blind and partially sighted people through technology and staff support; the transformation of space and services for Children’s and Music collections in Central Library; implementing the Gold Standard quality improvement programme across the library service.

Cath-CoombsCatherine Coombs – Macmillan Programme Manager

Cath is responsible for establishing, implementing and delivering improved access to cancer information and support in Edinburgh’s neighbourhood libraries over a three year period. This will include development of new partnerships, designing and launching a new service and delivering the vision for Macmillan Cancer Support and Library Services in Edinburgh. Cath brings over 20 years experience in Cultural Sector management to the EDGE team, in both project management and service management roles.

Cleo-JonesCleo Jones – Manager of Information & Learning Resources

Cleo is responsible for managing Information and Learning Resources,  which provides a wide range of challenging resources and services to all City of Edinburgh schools and early years establishments.  She is actively involved in the city’s Literacy Improvement Team and works hard to ensure that there are the best opportunities for all children and young people to develop their literacy to improve their life chances. She has recently joined the ECLIS Senior Management team and is responsible for the delivery of the Ever Child a Library Member (ECALM). She is involved in the wider library world , she is currently chair of ELISA (Edinburgh Library and Information Services Agency) and is on the CILIPS School Library advocacy group.

Ewan McCormick – Library Development Officer

Ewan has over twenty years experience with City of Edinburgh Council, including managing library services in a range of locations across the city. This has included working closely with local stakeholders in designing and developing a brand new multi-purpose Library Hub at Drumbrae, enhancing local residents’ access to library and local council services. Ewan has a particular interest in working with users and teams to deliver transformational changes to services that make a real difference to communities.

Grainne CrawfordGráinne Crawford
Income Solution Manager


Gráinne assists libraries with their varied events, from running seminars for internal and external people to managing EDGE from its concept to EDGE2016. Gráinne connects the EDGE Team with successful contacts for sponsorship and partnerships. Her remit also covers the production of Get Up & Go – a magazine and online community information for those aged 50+ – unique to Edinburgh.

Gráinne is part of the Edinburgh Reads programme for Edinburgh Libraries and works closely with the Edinburgh International Book Festival and Dyslexia Scotland for Dyslexia Awareness week, and is a team player in implementing Edinburgh Libraries’ Reading Strategy to a wider audience.

gaynor-1Gaynor Bowers
Macmillan Programme Officer

Gaynor is responsible for the delivery of improved access to cancer information and support in Edinburgh’s 28 Neighbourhood Libraries for the partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support and Edinburgh Library and Information Service.  Gaynor has been a member of the Libraries Strategic Business Unit for the past 6 years and this will be her 6th year being part of the EDGE team.

Mike-SpellsMike Spells
Service Development Leader


Mike is responsible for collecting and collating performance data for the service for both internal and external use. For several years he was the Team Librarian at Leith Library, and has worked in various areas of the Library Service in Edinburgh for over twenty years.