Speakers Announced – This years line up!

sue-bruceDame Sue Bruce - Chief Executive, City of Edinburgh Council

Sue Bruce took up the post of Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council on 1 January 2011 having previously been Chief Executive at Aberdeen City Council and East Dunbartonshire Council. She began her local government career with Strathclyde Regional Council in 1976 spending the early part of her career in social and economic regeneration and then in the wider education field.

In May 2010 Sue received the Prince’s Business Ambassador Award for 2010 and again in 2011 from HRH The Prince of Wales and in October 2010 was recognised as the Scottish Public Sector Leader of the Year Award at the Scottish Leadership Awards. In November 2013 she was named Chief Executive of the Year in the Hr NETWORK National Awards.

Councillor Richard Lewis – Convener for Culture & Sport

Born in Sydney, Richard grew up in both Edinburgh and Australia. After attending James Gillespie’s High School, he completed a B.A. (Hons) in Music at Magdalen College, Oxford and a Masters at Edinburgh University before working in Mannheim, Germany for some time. He has since worked as a freelance musician and conductor in Austria, Hungary, Australia, Denmark, Belgium and Ireland. He has been a member of the SNP for 18 years and has served as vice-convenor of Marchmont branch. He first stood for the party in the council 2007 election. His primary areas of council interest are education and the arts and particularly the importance of maintaining and expanding upon Edinburgh’s reputation as a leading artistic, cultural and educational centre. Richard has a Hungarian partner Eszter and two young children.

Patrick-LosinskiPatrick Losinski – CEO, Columbus Metropolitan Library

Since 2002, Pat Losinski has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), a twenty-one branch library district serving 820,000 residents in central Ohio.

Pat holds a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. He is past chair of the Urban Libraries Council Board; he serves on the Board of the Institute for Learning Innovation and he is a Board member for Learn4Life. He received the 2000 Leadership Award from the Greater Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation, the 2010 Public Library Association’s “Charlie Robinson Award” for risk-taking and innovation, and the 2012 Champion of Children Award from the United Way of Central Ohio. Columbus CEO magazine named him a 2012 “Superstar” in the General Management category.

His wife Vicky is an art teacher; they have two children – John, 19 and Abby, 16.

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

Polly said – “We’ve got fantastic buildings and amazing collections,” “But we’re not just about the buildings. It’s very much about the living traditions and how those developed over the years.” “This is a tourist resort – what we are doing is transforming it in a way that’s in keeping with its heritage without preserving it in aspic.

Euan-ParliamentEuan MacDonald – Owner Euan’s Guide

In 2003, Euan MacDonald noticed a loss of power in his thumb when trying to change gear on his bike. It seemed innocuous at the time but two months later he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.   The idea of Euan’s Guide, the disabled access review website & app, came to Euan and his sister Kiki.     “Despite being in a wheelchair, I still want to go out to new places (whether that’s a restaurant, sports match or library!) but can only find out if access is suitable through a process of trial and error.   Throughout the years, my family have built up a local directory on disabled access. We thought that there must be thousands of people who have the same issues so wanted to share our experiences and learn from others.   Euan’s Guide aims to be a friendly, honest & empowering alternative to hours of web searching and phone calls and, most importantly, remove the ‘fear of the unknown’ when visiting a venue for the first time.”   Euan’s Guide is endorsed by Professor Stephen Hawking and JK Rowling.

Neil-McInnesNeil Macinnes – Head of Manchester City Libraries

Neil MacInnes has worked in public libraries for over twenty-five years: twenty inGlasgowand the last five inManchester. He supportedGlasgow’s Library Modernisation Programme, and more recently, Neil led the Capital Programme inManchester; an ambitious plan to modernise, refurbish or replace all of the city’s libraries. Now, as Head of Libraries, Information and Archives, Neil is working on his biggest project to date: leading the library team and managing the three-year refurbishment and redesign of Manchester’s iconic and well-loved Central Library. Neil is a member of the Greater Manchester shared service project board.

Bonnie-ClarkBonnie Clarke – Director, Scotland, Badenoch & Clarke

Bonnie Clarke is Director for Scotland for Badenoch & Clark, Bonnie regularly volunteers as a business mentor for Women in Business start ups in association with a range of charities and social enterprises and is a key member of the3rdimagazine business support initiative, Fair Comment.

Having worked as a business professional within the recruitment sector for over 15 years, Bonnie has experience within a range of sectors and niche markets, spanning professional services and public sector, with responsibility for campaign design and delivery, executive search and selection and senior interim.

image001Sara Wingate Gray & Kate Lomax - Artefacto

Picture attributed to: Sasha Taylor, BY-NC-SA 2.0 ©© 2014

Sara Wingate Gray is a writer, artist and doctoral researcher in the Department of Information Studies, University College London (UCL). She is founder of The Itinerant Poetry Library (2006), and in 2010 was selected by IREX and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a Fellowship in International Librarianship. From 2007-08 she was The Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives first ever Visiting Research Scholar, returning in 2011 to help steer their digitization project – The Poetry Center Digital Archive (PCDA), She is a Teaching Fellow at UCL on the new Arts and Sciences (BASc) degree programme.

Kate Lomax is a technologist and librarian with over seven years experience in web development, design, and digital content management. She likes building things, teaching things and dismantling things (not necessarily in that order). She is particularly interested in online learning, user experience and digital publishing technologies. Kate is currently lead developer at Fossbox as well as co-founder of Artefacto.

Jenny-PeacheyJenny Peachey, Policy Officer – Carnegie UK Trust

Jenny is policy officer at The Carnegie UK Trust and an honorary research fellow at the University of Manchester. She has a background in social research and holds a PhD and a number of awards in social anthropology. At the Trust she is currently leading work on Carnegie Library Lab – a programme looking to nurture innovation and leadership in the public library sector – and is supporting the Scottish Library and Information Council in developing a National Strategy for Scottish public libraries.

David HaydenLibrary Development Officer, City of Edinburgh Council

David and his team have been successful in winning a place on the Carnegie Library Lab, with the Digital Toybox.

Annemarie-NaylorAnnemarie Naylor MBE, Director – Common Futures

Annemarie is a Director at Common Futures, and an Associate Director (Community Assets) with Locality. After joining the Development Trusts Association in 2008, Annemarie established the Asset Transfer Unit (ATU) and assumed responsibility for broad-ranging national programmes intended to promote and enable the transfer of publicly owned land and buildings to communities for social benefit – including, the Advancing Assets for Communities and Community Assets Programmes funded by DCLG and the Big Lottery Fund respectively.

jeanene-CoxJanene Cox OBE, Commissioner for Tourism and the Cultural County – Staffordshire County Council

I began my professional life as a librarian in the Central Library in Birmingham. I have also managed libraries in Northamptonshire and Staffordshire, where I became Head of Libraries in 2005 and the Commissioner for Tourism and the Cultural County in 2012. I was President of the Society Of Chief Librarians (SCL) from 2012 until 2014 and I am now an active member of the Executive Board.

Martyn-WadeMartyn Wade OBE, Chair of Council – Cilip UK

I started as a Trainee Librarian in the County Reference Library in Northumberland and worked for a number of authorities until I was appointed as Head of Libraries, Information and Learning in Glasgow City Council in 1999. In 2002 I was the first public librarian to be appointed as National Librarian and Chief Executive of the National Library of Scotland, a role which provides me with a clear understanding of academic and research libraries. Throughout my career I have focussed on developing accessible, innovative services aimed at meeting the needs of users, citizens and society. In 2010 I was appointed Honorary Fellow of the Department of Information Studies, University of Aberystwyth, and in 2011 Honorary Professor at Robert Gordon University

John-BuryJohn Bury, (Acting) Director of Services for Communities, City of Edinburgh Council.

John has responsibility for a wide range of services relating to the management and development of the Council’s activities, focusing on “place”.  These include community safety, environmental health, housing and regeneration, libraries, parks, planning, property, transport and waste management.  He also has responsibility for the Council’s neighbourhood partnership activities. John was appointed as Head of Planning in 2008.  During 2011 he was also Head of Corporate Property.  From 2012 John covered the Head of Transport role.  Prior to joining the City of Edinburgh Council, John worked with Glasgow City Council in a variety of roles and latterly as Head of Planning Services.

john-scallyJohn Scally, National Librarian and Chief Executive , National Library of Scotland

Dr Scally started his career at the National Library of Scotland in 1993 as a curator in the British Antiquarian Division and left the Library as Deputy Head of Rare Books in 2003.  Dr Scally moved to the University of Edinburgh to take up the post of Director of University Collections and during his time at the University progressed to the post ofDirector of Library and University Collections. Dr Scally returned to the National Library of Scotland in September 2014 as National Librarian and Chief Executive.

Dr Scally holds a BA (Hons) in English and Modern History from the University of Strathclyde, a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge and a Diploma in Information and Library Studies from Aberystwyth University.

Ian-AnsticeIan Anstice – Owner Public Library News

“Ian chronicles all of the news on UK public libraries (and significant international news) on the Public Library News website. This has become the main source of information on what is happening in this sector, with data from it (such as the overall number of branches under threat) being quoted in both Houses of Parliament and frequently in national and local media. He won the international 2011 IWR Information Professional of the Year Award and is regularly consulted by campaigners, professionals and politicians. A passionate believer in the value of public libraries due to daily direct experience, Ian is also a member of the Voices for the LIbrary campaigning group. A professionally qualified public librarian since 1994, his role has largely been as a branch manager in the North West, although now his work also includes innovations. He was won two customer services award for his work there in the last three years.”

Barbara-ShackBarbara Shack - Director of Development of BSF/LWB

A graduate in international management from HEC Paris, Barbara Schack has been leading Libraries Without Borders’ strategic development and international growth since 2012, driving the creation of overseas branches and the global coordination of LWB’s Ideas Box, an innovative mobile media-center for vulnerable populations worldwide.

With previous experience in for-profit, non-profit and institutional organisations, Barbara strives to identify cross cutting and creative approaches to addressing the challenges of access to information globally.

Sally-KerrSally Kerr, Digital Service Manager City of Edinburgh Council.

Sally Kerr spent around 20 years in School and Public Libraries working across a range of services but specialising in digital data management and web delivery before moving into Edinburgh Council’s Corporate department to run their Web Services. Founder of the Scottish Webteams Forum she set up a support network for the early public sector webteams who were developing a new service. She has delivered all of the City of Edinburgh Council’s award winning websites, as well as numerous other web developments. She is in addition managing the open data programme for the Council, and delivering innovative digital solutions to Council and city challenges. She was on the Scottish Government working group for their Open Data Strategy and is currently a member of the Eurocities Open Data working group.  A strong believer in the importance of great customer experience she wants to see this applied to all digital products and services.

Alison-StoddartAlison Stoddart, Library Development Officer, City of Edinburgh Council

Alison Stoddart has worked in public libraries for over 30 years including 25 years in Edinburgh Libraries.  During this time Alison has worked in a variety of roles, most recently as a member of Edinburgh Libraries’  innovative digital team.  The team is committed to delivering quality digital services to customers.  Heritage has been a focus of the work,  a response to the Central Library’s important collections.  Edinburgh Collected the team’s latest project aims to  use the opportunities offered by new technologies to involve the whole community in collecting Edinburgh’s history for the future.