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"Almost 4 months without access to a library was a real hard time for some of us without internet connection at home.
As we all work our way through Covid-19, the issue of digital literacy has never been more important.
Today Libraries Connected publishes its toolkit to help libraries to reopen in July and to reintroduce their services gradually, in line with the latest public health advice.
Libraries Connected believes that Black Lives Matter.
We condemn racism and discrimination in all its forms.
We want to look back at this moment as the time when racial injustice is finally eradicated.
It seems a long time ago now since I became President Elect of Libraries Connected. So much has happened both in the library world and the world at large.
It seems impossible to believe that two years have passed by since I stood up in front of my peers at the seminar which marked the passing from SCL to Libraries Connected.
In the current climate, we have all been prompted to think more about loss: the loss of normality, loss of work or income, and the loss of loved ones.
The immediate task of reopening the doors will only be the first step in gradually restoring library services and refocusing and repositioning them to meet the new challenges and opportunities of the post-Covid world.
Libraries Connected have appointed Creative Arts East to develop a new culture and creativity online learning module for library staff across England.
It seems counter-intuitive to shut down library services in a crisis - but that’s exactly what we’ve all had to do.
Libraries Connected today launches #LibrariesFromHome, an online resource to showcase the fantastic remote services that libraries are delivering to people across the country
Libraries Connected has today written to government ministers to request that public libraries be added to the list of public venues that the government has asked to close.
Given the central role of libraries in their communities and their support to the most vulnerable, any decision taken to close buildings should not be taken lightly. We are calling on government to make a clear decision about closing libraries.
Libraries Connected is pleased to announce the appointment of two new trustees to the board, Anthony Hopkins, BEM from Merton and Kathryn Harrison from Wakefield.
As part of our commitment to supporting the development of future library leaders, we are offering two sponsored places at our 2020 seminar.
We are looking for an independent evaluator to evaluate our Leading Libraries programme and make recommendations about potential future activity.
We're looking for two new Trustees from our membership who are interested in helping to shape, grow and lead the future for Libraries Connected.
Sue Williamson, Director Libraries, Arts Council England looks at what the organisation’s 2020-2030 strategy means for libraries.
We're delighted to announce the appointment of three new roles within the Libraries Connected team to help us to deliver our key projects.
Libraries Connected has appointed Birmingham Leadership Institute to deliver their programme to drive diversity in library leadership.
We are looking for an arts or cultural organisation who can create an online learning module on libraries and culture to be hosted on our e-learning site.
We're looking for an adminstrator and a project manager to work with us on our new income generation project for libraries.
Libraries Connected is planning a programme of training and mentoring to help library services to develop strategic approaches to income generation.
We are encouraged to see that local authority spending on libraries rose slightly this year even though levels have fallen significantly over the past decade.
The Mozilla Festival (also known as MozFest) covers a range of topics focusing on creating a better internet. The theme for this year’s Mozilla Festival was healthy AI.
There are over 3000 public libraries in the UK and many of these are already working closely with local social prescribers.
We are looking for an expert contractor to help develop an accreditation scheme for English public libraries.
Libraries Connected are seeking an innovative and experienced development organisation to deliver a major leadership programme for public libraries.
Libraries Connected today announce a vital new initiative to clearly define what a high-quality library service looks like.
An exciting new programme of library activities, events and partnerships designed to celebrate the novel and promote the joy of reading, particularly to new and diverse audiences, is unveiled today.
A new blueprint for an integrated and improved framework for supporting public libraries in England is published today.
A new support model for public libraries has been announced today that will be a game changer in how they face future challenges.
For the past 10 months Libraries Connected have been working with Shared Intelligence to review our Universal Offers.
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 welcomes the new report on digital transformation in libraries from the British Library, which is based on extensive research over the past year.
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.