City of Edinburgh Council Libraries and Information Services
Lifelong Learning Strategic Manager (Community Learning & Development and Libraries)
After completing a postgraduate diploma in Librarianship at Aberystwyth, Paul worked as Lending and Special Services Librarian at Leighton Buzzard Library and Arts Centre in Bedfordshire. Moving to Edinburgh in 1986 Paul has worked in various library roles for the City of Edinburgh Council from Community Librarian to Lifelong Learning Strategic Manager. Paul studied Public Services Leadership at Queen Margaret University and was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma with distinction in 2017.
Paul is particularly interested in how libraries can help change the lives of those who don’t have equal opportunities in life. His team has won several national and international awards for their successful engagement with people who may need additional support. Awards include Scottish Sensory Award (2016) in partnership with NHS Audiology Department, Library Staff from Edinburgh & Lothians and reception staff from Community Health Centres and GP practices for the hearing aid battery in library scheme; COSLA Delivering Excellence (2016) and International Jodi Award (2015) for the Visually Impaired People (VIP) initiative (using assistive technology to support independent living for people with sight loss); Libraries Change Lives for improving offender outcomes (HMP Edinburgh Prison Library); Standard Life Partnerships in Practice and COSLA Delivering Excellence (for Edinburgh Reading Champion initiative for looked after and accommodated children and young people).
Edinburgh City Libraries hosts the annual Edge conference, showcasing and sharing good practice worldwide on the power of libraries and library services to change lives, making a sustained difference for people and for communities.
Cleo Jones – Lifelong Learning Strategic Officer (Libraries)
Cleo Jones is a senior Library Manager with a background in Schools and Children’s Libraries. She is currently Lifelong Learning Development Officer ( Libraries) for the City of Edinburgh Council and has a wide remit, including Children’s, school’s and mobile libraries. 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 also has health and wellbeing in her remit and is responsible for MacMillan @edinburgh libraries and our work with Dyslexia, Autism and Hearing loss awareness. She is involved in the wider library world, she is currently chair of ELISA (Edinburgh Library and Information Services Agency) and is co-chair of the Information Literacy Community of Practice.
Lifelong Learning Development Officer (Libraries)
Gráinne sits within the Strategic group for Libraries. Gráinne assists libraries with their varied events, from running seminars for internal and external people to managing EDGE from its concept to EDGE2020. 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.
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.