CodeYourFuture: how we embrace diversity in our coding school for refugees and asylum seekers

Mozafar Haider Ibrahim is an Edinburgh-based software developer and a CodeYourFuture mentor. He describes how the organisation celebrates, and benefits from, the diversity of all the people involved in it:


via Digital Scotland

Free magazines anyone?

Tales of One City

Edinburgh Libraries online magazine collection just got even better! We’ve added 21 new titles to our Zinio service giving you a fantastic 130 popular magazines to choose from. New titles include:

Women’s magazines
Current affairs to motoringTechnology to men’s magazines

Check out the whole list of available titles as well as instructions about how to access Zinio on your device on our Your Library website.

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Julie Johnstone

ELISA would like to wish all the very best to our colleague Julie Johnstone, formerly of the Scottish Poetry Library, as she embarks on new and exciting projects.

Best of luck for the future Julie!

Cyber crime – how safe are you online?

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) are hosting an event at Edinburgh Central Library, aimed at people aged 50 and over, to raise awareness of cyber scamming.

Tales of One City

mouseFind out more about cyber crime and how to avoid it at a free event hosted by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. They’ll be joined by a representative from Police Scotland and will give information on internet security including:

  • Current cyber scams
  • Advice about safe surfing
  • How prosecutors consider cyber scam cases.

The event is being held at Central Library at 2pm on Thursday 16 February 2017 and may be particularly useful to people aged 50+.

Reserve your free place via EventBrite  or contact Laura Connell for more information.

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The ‘V’ Word

The next dayschool training event from LocScot, the Scottish CILIP Local Studies Group, is on the hot topic of volunteers and volunteering in libraries and the heritage sector. It will be held on Friday 20th January 2017 at the National Library of Scotland.

This LocScot dayschool tackles the contentious subject of volunteers in the workplace. The training day will look at examples of good practice of using volunteers within libraries, the heritage sector and communities; share our own experiences; and discuss ways to successfully define, plan, and manage volunteers and voluntary projects.

Guest speakers from the National Library of Scotland, Glasgow Women’s Library, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service at Edinburgh Libraries and the Living Memory Association will share their best practice and advice.

To book a FREE place or for more details, email

EDIT:  The contact email address should be:
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EDGE Conference 2017


We are open for business … EDGE2017

EDGE is the premier development event for elected members, Chief Executives, Directors, Heads of Service, trustees, E-government and community professionals, library vendors, and others with an interest in libraries and information

EDGE2017 – Keeping libraries relevant in a changing world

Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd March 2017
The Radisson Blu, 80 High Street, Edinburgh

details and booking at:

The Importance of EDGE

The Scottish Government believes it is vital that adequate library services are in place across Scotland. Libraries offer crucial support to help people help themselves – to support literacy, digital participation, learning, employability, health, culture and leisure. They can improve the quality of people’s lives and support them to engage in the democratic process.  We are fully aware of the commitment that local authorities have to maintaining good quality, innovative library services and the City of Edinburgh Council is at the forefront of this, having developed the EDGE conference as an opportunity to share good practice and discuss future developments.

Can you afford to miss it?

EDGE2017 Awards
EDGE2017 highlights and rewards good practice in innovative library and information projects which:

  • Show or sell benefits of library and information services to other sectors, organisations and communities
  • Demonstrate innovation and creativity
  • Increase participation

Libraries Rock, Libraries are alive!

It’s Libraries time to shine

EDGE2017 rewards excellence.

Apply now at:

The awards are open to global applications. Finalists will be offered 1 complimentary 2 day delegate & dinner place and one discounted 2 day delegate & dinner.

Closing date 3rd February 2017

24 Doors of Advent


This Free event is being held as part of Edinburgh’s Christmas this year:

Our free event 24 Doors of Advent returns from 1 – 24 December, allowing you to peep behind usually closed doors throughout the city during advent! In 2016, working with Festival of Architecture and Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland (RIAS), 24 Doors of Advent opens many new doors for you to explore what’s behind this year including Royal Lyceum Theatre, the Chapel of St Albert the Great & BT Murrayfield Stadium.

Full details and locations can be viewed on the Edinburgh’s Christmas 2016 website: