future of libraries

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Ninjas in a Dojo with sushi and scratch wasabi, fancy some Raspberry Pi?

No we’re not talking about a mad hatter’s tea party, Japanese style. We’re talking about young people learning to create tech in a community setting using free open source software and inexpensive kit. There’s little doubt that digital skills are becoming integral to employability, and coding clubs are a fun and democratic way to open … Continue reading

MmITS AGM and coding in libraries event

The CILIP Multimedia Information and Technology Group, Scotland invites members to attend the 13th Annual General Meeting and post-AGM presentation by Dr Martin Goodfellow, Coder in Residence at Glasgow Life, on Coding in Libraries. Venue:       The Old Glasgow Room, Mitchell Library, North St, Glasgow G3 7DN Date/time:  Thursday 28th April 2016, 2.00pm – 4.00 pm.  … Continue reading

Event Review: Introduction to Wikimedia (February 2016, Edinburgh)

By Wikimedia Foundation (Wikimedia Foundation) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons Museums and Galleries Scotland’s Wikimedian in Residence:Sara Thomas led an engaging hands-on workshop in how to contribute to the world’s largest collaborative encyclopedia. Sara’s knowledge of the wikipedia movement was only eclipsed by her passion and drive to get others involved in improving … Continue reading

Inspired by the Internet Librarian International Conference!

by Clare Harrison (@RCPSGlibrary ) This year, thanks to MmITS, I was lucky enough to attend the Internet Librarian International Conference at Olympia in London. This was a fantastic opportunity both for my own personal development and for the continued development of the services we offer at the library of the Royal College of Physicians … Continue reading

CILIP MmITS Visit to BFI Mediatheque at Bridgeton Library

By Lynda Robertson Last Wednesday I was lucky enough to be able to discover some fantastic filmic gems, courtesy of Glasgow Life’s BFI Mediatechque at Bridgeton Library. Housed within the impressive Olympia venue – once home to a thriving local cinema – the BFI Mediatechque continues this cinematic tradition by opening up the BFI’s National … Continue reading

MOOCs – Opportunity or Threat for Librarians?

by Leigh Bunton Libraries and information professionals have been adapting to the impact of online resources for some time now. In my own academic library, we have a Mobile Technology Group to monitor developing trends and ensure that staff are equipped to create, access and advise upon anything from Blogs and Instant Messaging; QR codes, … Continue reading

Scottish Ebooks Conference – report now available

MmITS were delighted to sponsor Jenny Foster (@JennyRidout) and Penny Andrews (@pennyb) to attend the 12th Annual Scottish Ebooks conference in Edinburgh on the 25th October. Jenny and Penny both wrote reports about their experiences at the conference. Jenny’s report is now available on the MmITS website. Penny’s report will be published in Information Scotland … Continue reading

Information and Digital Literacy – what does it mean to you?

by Leigh Bunton In a recent MmITS committee meeting, we were discussing possible themes to underpin our group activities throughout the year. Information Literacy was mentioned and we agreed it was a likely contender for future consideration, but I confess I didn’t give the concept much thought beyond the meeting. I was then given the … Continue reading

5 reasons why we really need librarians and Information Professionals in the Internet age

by Louise Morrison (@ljmorr) The library world is changing, there’s no doubt about that. The way we organise, seek and retrieve information has changed massively over the last 10 years and more dramatic changes will follow. Threatened budget cuts have led to worrying times for library workers. But these are exciting times too! Advances in … Continue reading

What’s so great about the feel of books?

by Louise Morrison I’ve noticed that conversations with e-reader non-adopters always seem to end with proclamations about how much they love the feel of real books in their hands; e-books are all very well, they say, but you can’t beat the feel of a traditional, print book can you? The sheer prevalence of this response … Continue reading

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