First Iteration of programme

EDGE2020 Conference Programme

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DAY ONE Thursday 27th February 2020

8.00 – 9.00    Coffee and Registration in the atrium, Radisson Blu, Royal Mile, EH1 1TH. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel, under Radisson Guest, no password required.

Who are we?

Chair:             Alistair Gaw, Executive Director of Communities and Families

9.00 – 9.15      Welcome and Introduction – Councillor Donald Wilson, Culture & Communities Convener

9.15 – 9.30      Alistair Gaw

9.30 – 10.00     Sue Williamson – Director, The Arts Council, Birmingham

Sue will talk about their role as the Development Agency for Libraries and some of the exciting work that is coming out of that. Sue would like to share her passion for the work she does within the Arts Council, Sue will incorporate

  • What it means to be the development agency
  • What Sue’s work consists of
  • The Arts Councils role managing the Libraries Task Force
  • Some of the key things they have funded, including reports that have led to work
  • What the future is looking like and how Sue sees it developing

10.00 – 10.25 Vickery Bowles – City Librarian, Toronto & CEO Urban Libraries, Canada

Transforming Public Library Service for the 21st Century

Libraries offer unique value in communities, making them well-positioned to support broader civic goals and contribute to wide-ranging community impacts. To meet the challenges of the 21st century, public library transformation is essential requiring thoughtful and innovative strategies to successfully lead an organization through change.

10.25 – 10.35 Café Conversation

10.35 – 11.05 Refreshment Break

11.05 – 11.35 Cleo Jones, Lifelong Learning Strategic Officer (Libraries) & Andrew McTaggart, Lifelong Learning Library Development Officer, Edinburgh City libraries

11.35 – 12.00 Angela Hursh, Super Library Marketing, Cincinnati & Hamilton County

It’s Time to Brag About Your Library! Five Sneaky Ways Your Library Staff Can Do Marketing During Their Normal Workday. Many libraries spend vast amounts of time and energy creating services and building their collection for the good of their community. But all of that money, time, and effort is for nothing if the people who live in your community don’t know you exist! Marketing is crucial for the survival of the library industry. Angela Hursh will share five ways your library staff can market to new and current customers during their workday.

12.00 – 12.15 Café Conversation

12.15 – 1.15 Lunch in Dunedin Room

This, is why we matter!

Chair: Paul Lawrence, Executive Director of Place

1.15 – 1.30 Paul Lawrence

1.30 – 1.55 Donatas Kubilius, Youth Activities Manager, National Library of Lithuania

During this year’s General Conference of IFLA, organization that unites the world’s libraries, the poster of the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania was selected as the Best IFLA Poster 2019. The poster introduces the creative space at the National Library. When presenting activities of the National Library’s creative space Pats sau (Do-It-Yourself), the administrator of the space Donatas Kubilius also spoke about shifts in the users’ perception of the traditional library during the digital era, the way how traditional library activities are transforming into new services and what practice is applied to strengthen the community of the users of innovative library services.

1.55 – 2.20 Helen Smout Chief Executive Officer, Culture Perth & Kinross & Adam Nosal, Digital Skills Enabler

2.20 – 2.30 Café Conversation

2.30 – 3.00 Refreshment Break

3.00 – 3.30 Alex Kittow, Chief Executive, Libraries Unlimited, Devon

Libraries Unlimited, established in April 2016, is one of just six library sector organisations to be funded by Arts Council England to offer high-quality art and cultural activities within Devon Libraries and was named of Nesta and the Observer’s 50 New Radicals, working to change society for the better.

3.30 – 3.55 TBC

3.55 – 4.05 Cafe Conversation

4.05 – 4.15 Close of Day One by Paul McCloskey, Lifelong Learning Strategic Manager (Community Learning & Development and Libraries)

The Gala Dinner

 7.00pm           Drinks reception, Great Scots Hall.  

 7.45pm           Call to dinner in the Canongate Room.

Dinner in the George Suite, hosted by David Bruce,

Senior Education Manager, Schools & Lifelong Learning, City of Edinburgh Council

The EDGE2020 Award Ceremony. Awards presented by Alistair Gaw, Executive Director of Communities & Families, City of Edinburgh Council


DAY TWO Friday 28th February 2020

8.30 – 9.00am Arrival and coffee

Where we are going?

Chair:  Heather Robb, Chief Digital Officer, City of Edinburgh Council

 9.00 – 9.30 Heather Robb

9.30 – 9.55 Gillian Docherty OBE – Chief Executive, The Datalab, Edinburgh

Docherty, a former IBM executive who has led efforts to push data science and artificial intelligence across Scotland, received the honour for her ‘services to information technology and business’.  She has worked in the technology sector for more than 26 years and is known as one of the most influential data professionals in the UK and since 2015 has served as the chief executive of The Data Lab, which aims to help businesses maximise value from data and champions Scotland’s data science community, enabling it to have a global impact.

 9.55- 10.25 Jason Tutin, Digital & Learning Development Manager, Leeds

Thousands of adults in Leeds lack basic digital skills. A lack of digital skills can have a huge negative impact on a person’s life, and it’s those who are already at a disadvantage – through age, income, disability, unemployment, or education – that are most likely to be digitally excluded. To tackle this issue, Leeds Libraries are leading the city’s 100% Digital Leeds programme. We are increasing the digital capacity, capability and connectivity of third sector organisations across the city. We are taking a cross-cutting approach to digital inclusion by connecting work across council departments and the third sector. This includes:

  • Creating a citywide movement for digital inclusion
  • Increasing capacity in communities through a grants programme, tablet lending scheme and other initiatives
  • Supporting local groups and organisations in the delivery of digital skills training to residents in their communities
  • Evidencing impact and return on investment

10.25 – 10.35 Café Conversation

10.35 – 11.00 Refreshment Break

11.00 – 11.45 Scott Simpson, Head of Library & Information Services, & Paul Martin, Systems Development & Support Officer, East Renfrewshire

Scott and Paul will demonstrate some of the VR Apps used in their project and how they can be practically used by library groups and individuals. They will focus on the potential for using the technology to tackle social isolation and loneliness, raise awareness of health and wellbeing issues such as dementia, and introducing gentle movement exercise in a fun and innovative way.

11.45 – 12.00 Café Conversation

12.00 – 12.15 Close of EDGE2020 Paul McCloskey, Lifelong Learning Strategic Manager (Community Learning & Development and Libraries)

From 12.15     Lunch, The Cannongate Room