For the first time Libraries Connected, in partnership with Carnegie UK Trust, offered two sponsored places at the 2019 annual seminar to Liz Leyshon and Catherine Barlow.
Lesley Sim and Martin Burton have today been named on the Queen’s Honours list. Both Lesley and Martin are trustees of Libraries Connected and will receive a BEM for their committed and inspiring work in libraries.
I believe that empathy is the quality that powers public libraries - offering reading that transports people to other places and other lives, providing shared spaces where different groups come together and feel they belong and delivering services that can make people’s lives better.
Libraries Connected believes that reading is and should be at the forefront of library activity and 182,895,337 books were issued in 2017/18. However, reading is not only a solitary activity and libraries have had huge success engaging communities around reading.
The luxury of being able to plan artistic programmes over four years, to take risks and immediately apply lessons from past activities, and new partnership opportunities were highlighted as some of the key benefits that National Portfolio status has brought to libraries.
The BBC will bring the BBC VR Hub to more than 40 local libraries across the UK from May to July in partnership with Libraries Connected and Scottish Library and Information Council.
Somerset Libraries have been nominated as finalists in the Digital Leaders 100 Awards for the delivery of the Somerset Digital Skills Academy where they have worked with school students to encourage them to consider a career in the digital industry.
There’s a saying about librarians that no-one ever entered the profession for the money or the power. Too true, but I think another equally true statement is that no one ever goes in it expecting an award or an honour.
The library was a place for us to discover everything around us. If we wanted to find out about South American rainforests, the engineering marvels of the Victorian era or read children’s fantasy literature, the library was my portal to a new world.
An invitation to talk about libraries and reading for pleasure is always exciting and when that invitation comes from Pakistan, it’s irresistible.
We are in the first stage of what we hope will be an extended three-part programme to improve the structure of the public library sector nationally.
I’m pleased to report that the Universal Offer review is gathering pace and that we will complete the evidence gathering phase of the project this month.
Libraries Connected has been awarded £75,000 from the Arts Council to explore the support required by our regional networks.
The latest CIPFA figures are extremely worrying for anyone who cares about libraries.
Libraries Connected are delighted to announce the election of Carol Stump as our new President Elect.
A new initiative has been launched to establish a stronger future for public libraries across England.
Whenever I have a new person joining my team, I’m keen to hear their first impressions as their fresh eyes often spot things that us old-timers overlook.
Trafford Council became the first metropolitan borough to scrap all fines in its libraries in April 2018.
We are seeking individuals to stand for the post of President Elect. This vacancy is only open to members of Libraries Connected.
Libraries Connected new Universal Offers review will be carried out by Shared Intelligence.
We are looking for an individual or organisation to work with representatives from ASCEL, Libraries Connected and The Reading Agency.
Libraries Week is our chance to celebrate libraries and to demonstrate just how much they deliver across a range of areas including health and wellbeing.
In early 2017 ASCEL commissioned The Reading Agency to research recommendations for a possible children and young people’s strand of the Universal Health Offer.
I can't believe I'm already a month and half into the role of Programme Manager at Libraries Connected.
Libraries Connected is pleased to announce that Lesley Sim has been appointed to its Board of Trustees.
Our Universal Offers, launched in 2013, are a strategic programme and an articulation of the power of public libraries to enrich the lives of individuals and their communities.
Libraries Connected and CILIP welcomes the findings of the judicial review of Northamptonshire library service.
The contribution of reading and libraries to mental health was centre stage at last Tuesday’s launch of the latest list.
As I sit on the train heading to the SCL seminar I’m reflecting on the last two years and my term as President of SCL.