Edinburgh: city of learning


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Discussing community based learning and the prison library service in Edinburgh presented by Kate King and Paul
McCloskey at the Skills for Scotland seminar, held in Edinburgh on Thu 19 Mar, 2009.

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  • Outline of formal and non formal learning initiatives in Edinburgh City Libraries & Information Services
  • Edinburgh: city of learning

    1. 1. Edinburgh – City of Learning Kate King (Prison Library Officer & Bookstart Worker) Paul Mc Closkey (Library Development Officer SW Neighbourhood) Skills for Scotland 19 th March 2009
    2. 2. <ul><li>Edinburgh - City of Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Fountainbridge Library </li></ul><ul><li>Book Bus </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries 4U </li></ul><ul><li>Reading Champion Project </li></ul><ul><li>Tales of the City </li></ul><ul><li>Hospitals, Care Homes, Homelink </li></ul><ul><li>Edinburgh Prison Library </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Fountainbridge Library </li></ul><ul><li>ICT Taster sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Consistent approach: 6 x 2hour – 50 learners </li></ul><ul><li>Community Languages – Chinese, Bengali, Urdu, Arabic </li></ul><ul><li>Family History & Silver Surfers </li></ul><ul><li>Accredited Learning (Microsoft Office Specialist) </li></ul><ul><li>Future – branded Learn Direct Centre </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Book Bus </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile libraries review 2007 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Targeted services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Book Bus aim – ‘bring inspiring new reading experiences..’ </li></ul><ul><li>Special Schools, Child & Family Centres, </li></ul><ul><li>Primary & Nursery Schools 1 mile plus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consultation children & staff </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Design – adaptable, flexible, welcoming </li></ul><ul><li>1000 members –dual ticket </li></ul><ul><li>Future - develop evening & weekend use </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Libraries4U </li></ul><ul><li>Sighthill library model 2004 – extend to 3 Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Consultation with children and young people </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partnerships –Police, Community safety, Duke of Edinburgh Award </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Results: 79.5% increase in YP using library; 6% overall increase in visitors (30% increase at Moredun Library); police call outs decrease at all 3 locations; 90% increase in borrowing of teenage books. </li></ul><ul><li>Future - ERDF & ESF funding to extend model to other libraries </li></ul>
    6. 6. Libraries 4U Comments Young people – ‘looks pretty minted’ Adults –’there is something for everyone and the young people are behaving most of the time’ Staff – ‘the training has....made me more positive about working with young people’
    7. 7. <ul><li>Reading Champion Project </li></ul><ul><li>150 children & young people in residential care </li></ul><ul><li>Funding to PHF led by Services for Communities & Children and Families </li></ul><ul><li>Aim – to improve long term access to books and reading for pleasure </li></ul><ul><li>Joint training – care & library staff </li></ul><ul><li>Project Partner Advisory Group </li></ul>
    8. 9. <ul><li>Reading Champion Project </li></ul><ul><li>Developments and events </li></ul><ul><li>The Story of Dan Mc Grue </li></ul><ul><li>Anthony Horowitz </li></ul><ul><li>Wellington School Library </li></ul><ul><li>Scottish Government Delivering excellence & Standard Life Partnerships in Practice Awards </li></ul><ul><li>External Evaluation – Scottish Institute of Residential Child Care </li></ul><ul><li>Future – mainstream the work of the Reading Champion </li></ul>
    9. 10. Reading Champion Project – comments “ the choice of books are great and I like to order my books” (13 year old girl) “ like the autobiographies”  (15 yr old boy); “ love to listen to the talking books at night time” (12 yr old).” ‘ Providing these reading experiences are valuable in themselves. They can improve literacy and build self-confidence. The young people have spoken highly of these opportunities that have engaged them with reading and the multitude of possibilities brought with it’ Gillian Tee Director Children and Families
    10. 11. <ul><li>Tales of the City </li></ul><ul><li>Children & young people aged 10 – 19 yrs </li></ul><ul><li>Aim – empower young people to tell their story of 21 st C Edinburgh </li></ul><ul><li>Drama, Reading, Writing, Puppets, Paint, Cartoon, Drawing, Film, Animation, Audio, Podcasting. </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership with Scottish Storytelling Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Future - Capital Collections </li></ul>
    11. 12. <ul><li>Hospitals, Care Homes, Homelink </li></ul><ul><li>Artlink - poetry on the wards </li></ul><ul><li>Storytelling with people affected by dementia </li></ul><ul><li>In partnership with WRVS home delivery and bus in services </li></ul><ul><li>Future – increase Sheltered Housing/Care Homes services </li></ul>
    12. 13. HMP Edinburgh Our Prison Library by Kate King
    13. 14. <ul><li>Scottish Prison Service and Edinburgh City Libraries in Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>New Library </li></ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Aims and Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership with Prisoners </li></ul>
    14. 15. <ul><li>How we made it work! </li></ul><ul><li>Ownership from Prisoners and Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Welcoming Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Prisoners Timetable </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Support </li></ul><ul><li>The Nag Factor! </li></ul>
    15. 16. <ul><li>Our Story so far </li></ul><ul><li>1 st Ever Family Event Inside Edinburgh Prison! </li></ul><ul><li>Forthcoming Family Events </li></ul><ul><li>Seamless library membership </li></ul><ul><li>Support for prisoners on release </li></ul><ul><li>We are reaching out to the hardest to reach and are helping them discover something that everyone in this room already knows Libraries Can Change Lives – and reading and books can help! </li></ul>
    16. 17. Questions? [email_address] [email_address] [email_address]