CMLNPN is Recruiting

Community Managed Libraries National Peer Network is recruiting a Regional Network Co-ordinator

The purpose is to build up and support regional networks of Community Managed Libraries (CMLs) within the South West, West Midlands, Midlands, Wales, North Midlands.
Working with the Network Manager and Trustees, Regional Network Co-ordinators will build relationships and regular communication with CMLs in the regions; capturing the needs and insights from CMLs to inform policy development and to help develop and grow the work of the Network.

The area covered will be:
• One for the South West, West Midlands, East Midlands and Wales

Below you will find the job description and person specification for a Network Co-ordinator.

The Regional Network Co-ordinators will work from home, though from time to time you may work from a CML building or travel for activities or visits to other CMLs.

Application Instructions

Please submit a CV and covering letter (using the Job Description & Personal Specification) to info@communitylibrariesnetwork.org.

Deadline: Wednesday 28th December 2022

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The Safeguarding Training Fund will provide funding in two phases until 2022. For the first phase DCMS is seeking an organisation or partnership of organisations with the track record and knowledge to develop high quality resources which will be freely available to the voluntary sector to improve safeguarding practice.

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Phase 1 applications are open now.  Applications invited for up to £570,000 and the submission deadline is Monday 14 January at 12.00pm.

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Network Meeting – Tomorrow

The next Community Libraries Network Meeting will be held online on Wednesday 30th November @ 10:30am.

In the November meeting, we will be covering:

  • Introductions
  • Feature: Alison Broadley (Good Things Foundation)
  • Network Updates
  • CML Feature: Carl Stevens (Denton West End Library)
  • Discussion Groups

If there are any other topics which you would like to be covered, please email info@communitylibrariesnetwork.org

If you are unable to join the meeting live, please register and we will circulate a recording of the meeting afterwards.

November Newsletter & Network Meeting

Community Libraries Network Newsletter

Our November newsletter is live, you can find it here to read updates and information about the Community Libraries sector: http://bit.ly/3A7HOwk

Sign up to receive future editions of our monthly newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/hlJ3Kn


Network Meeting – November 2022

The next Community Libraries Network Meeting will be held online on Wednesday 30th November @ 10:30am.

In the November meeting, we will be covering:

  • Introductions
  • Feature: Alison Broadley (Good Things Foundation)
  • Network Updates
  • CML Feature: Carl Stevens (Denton West End Library)
  • Discussion Groups

If there are any other topics which you would like to be covered, please email info@communitylibrariesnetwork.org.

Harbury Village Library as a Community Recycling Hub

Richard Fowler, Volunteer Library Lead at Harbury Village Library, has produced an overview of how they provide recycling facilities for their community. You can read more about the background to this work, the initiatives that the library is involved in, and how & what recycling facilities are actually provided.

If you would like to find out more about how to adopt similar practices in your community library, please get in touch via: info@communitylibrariesnetwork.org

Supporting Communities & Vulnerable People this Winter

The impact of increased cost of living is affecting CMLs and their users with increases in utility bills, material costs, food and other resources. Despite recent government measures to reduce the impact of spiralling energy bills, many households and businesses still face a huge challenge this winter.

We have put together a briefing note, highlighting the important role that Community Managed Libraries play in supporting people this winter:

CMLNPN Podcast – Cricklewood Library

Episode #1 of the CMLNPN Podcast explores the journey that Cricklewood Library has taken over the past 10 years, in order to reopen to the public in October 2021.
I met with Sally Long, Chair of Trustees for the Friends of Cricklewood Library, to talk about the effort that’s gone into ensuring that a library still exists in their community.

You can find links to the episode below and the transcription of our conversation.
If you would like to get in touch with Sally or feature on a future episode of the podcast, please get in touch via: info@communitylibrariesnetwork.org

You can find a transcription of the podcast below:

How libraries are responding to the cost of living crisis – a briefing sheet from Libraries Connected

Hope you are all well.

Please see below a briefing sheet from Libraries Connected on how libraries are responding to the cost of living crisis.

https://www.librariesconnected.org.uk/resource/libraries-and-cost-living-crisis-briefing-note

The key findings are:

  • More than two-fifths of library services have seen increased demand due to the cost of living crisis
  • Over 80% of library leaders expect to see an increase in people using libraries to keep warm next winter
  • Over a third of library services have introduced new initiatives to help people cope with rising costs and falling wages

The briefing sheet includes an outline of the range of services libraries offer, key statistics as well as case studies from Barnet, Norfolk, Hampshire and Cheshire East.

Thank you.

The CML Peer Network is Hiring – Network Manager

I hope you are all doing well.

As you all know we are recruiting a Manager to help us run the Network. Please share this opportunity through all your networks. You can find the job on Guardian, Third Sector and the CMLNPN Website. You can find more information about the job opportunity below:

Network Manager, full time, £35,000

Based in Catford, South-East London, the Network Manager will work alongside CMLNPN Trustees, key stakeholders and two regional Co-ordinators’ to grow a network of community hubs based around the principles of a community library, developed organically with local leadership, to fit local needs to deliver transformational and long-term change to civic life with local communities as the bedrock for that change.

The Network Manager will set up, lead and manage the National Office; oversee the work of the two regional co-ordinators; develop a database and contact list of CMLs across England and Wales; set up and run a tiered membership scheme and revenue plan; develop and manage our membership and partner based activities; support bid writing and business development initiatives; manage our Public Space Management Leadership Programme; maintain communication, marketing, website and social media channels; organise network and shared learning events including an annual conference and support us in producing toolkits, podcasts and learning resources.

Application Process

Download and review a copy of the Job Description and Person Specification.

Submit a covering letter (no more than two pages) and an updated CV showing how you meet the requirements for this role. Please submit your completed application to recruitment@communitylibrariesnetwork.org  by 12 noon on 6th May 2022.  Interviews for this role will be held in week commencing 23 May 2022

We are Recruiting!

Network Manager

Full-time, London based, Salary: £35,000 per annum, Fixed term: 3 years

The Community Managed Libraries National Peer Network (CMLNPN) is recruiting its first paid role, a Network Manager, through the generous support from the National Lottery, the largest funder of community activity in the UK

The Network Manager is joining us at a critical time for the Network. We therefore seek someone who is energetic, strategic, creative, and entrepreneurial; has a keen interest in community libraries and volunteering; and who can support our drive for sustainability and our vision to help CMLs thrive in their own communities.

CMLNPN is a network set up by a group of volunteers in 2017 to help up to 500 community managed libraries (CMLs) to run effectively and successfully by sharing experiences, ideas, learning, and inspiration. We are made up of people and communities who fought to retain their local libraries and related services within the library.

Based in Catford, South-East London, the Network Manager will work alongside CMLNPN Trustees, key stakeholders and two regional Co-ordinators’ to grow a network of community hubs based around the principles of a community library, developed organically with local leadership, to fit local needs to deliver transformational and long-term change to civic life with local communities as the bedrock for that change.

The Network Manager will set up, lead and manage the National Office; oversee the work of the two regional co-ordinators; develop a database and contact list of CMLs across England and Wales; set up and run a tiered membership scheme and revenue plan; develop and manage our membership and partner based activities; support bid writing and business development initiatives; manage our Public Space Management Leadership Programme; maintain communication, marketing, website and social media channels; organise network and shared learning events including an annual conference and support us in producing toolkits, podcasts and learning resources.

Application Process

Download and review a copy of the Job Description and Person Specification.

Submit a covering letter (no more than two pages) and an updated CV showing how you meet the requirements for this role. Please submit your completed application to recruitment@communitylibrariesnetwork.org  by 12 noon on 6th May 2022.  Interviews for this role will be held in week commencing 23 May 2022

Exciting News for the CML National Peer Network

Press Release

Hi everyone

Exciting News for CMLs. Please read on and kindly share through all your networks. Please tag the National Lottery – #NationalLottery. Thank you.

Community Managed Libraries National Peer Network awarded £315,400 National Lottery funding

Community Managed Libraries National Peer Network (CMLNPN), a network set up by a group of volunteers in 2017 to provide a service connecting up to five hundred existing and new community managed libraries (CMLs) with each other to help them find advice, resources and support has been awarded £315,400 over three years by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, to develop the service throughout England and Wales.

The grant, made possible thanks to National Lottery players, will be used to employ a full time Network Manager and two part time Regional Co-ordinators to implement a business plan that will create a network of community hubs based around community libraries developed organically with local leadership, to fit local needs and that can deliver transformational and long term change to civic life with local communities as the bedrock.

This development of CMLNPN aligns with the report to Government ‘Levelling up our communities: proposals for a new social covenant’ that calls for ‘a new focus on the modern local library, often community managed, delivering business start-up and digital inclusion for local communities.’

Working alongside and often in partnership with Local Authority Public Libraries, it will support the network to enhance and transform how CMLs work to deliver services across education, health, culture, employment skills support and digital inclusion. This should contribute to creating a large public value resulting in a high social return on investment through co-production with communities and connecting them with each other throughout England and Wales.

David Smith, Chair of CMLNPN, says, ‘We are grateful to The National Lottery Community Fund for recognising the potential in the Network and for CMLs and Hubs to be seen collectively as genuine business partners in the development of the ‘new normal’, delivering substantial economic and social benefits with a stronger and more co-ordinated voice becoming acknowledged by the public and partners in Government, Local Authorities and beyond.’

Emma Ackerman, Funding Strategy Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “Libraries are an asset and a hub for communities. Thanks to National Lottery players, community managed libraries across England and Wales will connect and work together to support local needs, enhance civil life and ensure communities are better able to prosper and thrive. We are delighted to fund this great idea”.

National Lottery players raise over £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK.

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Notes to editors:

  1. Link to CMLNPN research on Community Hubs with case studies
  • There is no single model of a CML. For example, some are recognised as part of their Local Authority’s statutory provision. Others receive their book stock and/or other support from their Local Authority. Others are independent and/or operate as small businesses.

About The National Lottery Community Fund

We are the largest funder of community activity in the UK – we support people and communities to prosper and thrive. We’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and to work closely with Government to distribute vital grants and funding from key Government programmes and initiatives.

Our funding has a positive impact and makes a difference to people’s lives. We support projects focussed on things that matter, including economic prosperity, employment, young people, mental health, loneliness, and helping the UK reach Net Zero by 2050.

Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.

National Lottery players raise over £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK. Since The National Lottery began in 1994, £43 billion has been raised for good causes. National Lottery funding has been used to support over 635,000 projects – 255 projects per postcode area.