The Community Managed Libraries (CML) Peer Network: Who we are, What we do and How we can support you!

Mon 10 September 2018
11:00am – 12:15pm

The Community Managed Libraries Peer Network came into existence in 2016 with support from the Network’s partners – Locality, the Libraries Taskforce and the Society for Chief Librarians (SCL) and funding from Power to Change, the organisation set up to grow and support community businesses in England.

Following 18 months of intensive work to set up and promote the Network, we now have have further support from Power to Change to develop a regional presence, formalise a membership programme; develop a strategy setting out how we plan to achieve financial stability and to embed learning from community businesses into CML activities.

This FREE webinar run by some of the Network’s members is open to CMLs, independents as well as those who receive local authority support.

  • They will  provide an overview of the CML Peer Network, what it does and benefits of being a Network member

  • Explore with you ways in which we can work more closely with and support CMLs

  • Share with  you all our forthcoming events, network meetings and our priorities for the year and beyond.

  • Set out how to contribute ideas towards our shared learning activities, business plan and membership programme

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About KOHA, a web based open-source Library Management System (FREE WEBINAR)

Wed 19 September 2018
11:00am – 12:15pm


Koha is a web-based open-source library management system used world-wide by libraries and schools. It provides a low-cost and full featured solution to library Management.

Koha is currently used by three community libraries in Sheffield to manage the circulation of donated book stocks,

This webinar, presented by Chris Brown, Vice Chair and Events Lead at Greenhill Library in Sheffield shares their experience in adopting Koha including hosting, data migration, volunteer training, operation, support and cost.


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We are Still Here!

Thank you all very much for your patience! I know we have not shared any communication with you all recently and the reason is because we have been working hard to identify further funding to

  • formalise the Peer Network and build a sustainable future for the Network
  • establish a membership programme
  • grow our presence regionally
  • embed community business principles into community managed libraries and
  • increase shared learning opportunities.

    More detailed information will be shared with you all in the coming months.  In the meantime, we have provided brief updates below including a request for ideas for our webinars, membership programme, regional networks and more.

    If you wish to contact us, have a question, or have a suggestion, please email them to If you know of any new CMLs in your community who would benefit from being involved in the Network, please ask them to contact

    Funding from Power to Change
    Good News!  As you all know, Power to Change, the organisation set up to grow and support community businesses in England is supporting us again for one year to create a sustainable Peer Network and to increase our regional Presence.

    To get the work off to a good start, we have convened a small Shadow Board made up of a representative group of CMLs. Members are already working very hard to formalise the Network and to ensure there is a range of Networking and shared learning opportunities for CMLs.

    We will be sharing further information about the Shadow board members including their roles and responsibility areas in the next month. We will also share with you our programme of activities for the year, including webinars and networking events.

    Articles and Blogs
    We are keen to share blogs and articles of interest to other CMLs. If you wish to write a blog about your organisation or a programme of work you are involved in to inform and inspire other CMLs please do contact us via

    Membership Programme
    We are looking to establish a membership programme for CMLs, the details are being worked on now. We welcome ideas for what we could include in the membership programme, eg discount on our conference etc.  We will also share further information about the membership programme over the coming month.

    We are keen to engage as many CMLs and their supporters as members, if you know of any please do ask them to contact us at

    We are sometimes approached by CMLs looking for some advice or copies of organisational policies. If you are willing to share your policies, we can put them up on the blog to help other CMLs.

    Regional Networks
    We are keen to learn more about CMLs nationally, including regional networks which currently exist, as well as areas looking to set up or in the middle of setting up a regional CML network.  Please share more with us through

    TWINE – an Intelligence Platform for Community Businesses
    We are hoping to run some webinar based sessions about TWINE, an intelligence platform designed for community businesses.  If you wish to find out more about TWINE email Details about any shared learning events we organise will be available on the blog site and through Eventbrite.

    Webinars and Networking Events
    Webinars:  we also want to know if there are any webinars or learning events you feel will be of benefit to your organisation or other CMLs. if you have any suggestions one please email with your suggestions.

    Networking events: If you are hosting any relevant networking events in your community, and you think it will be of benefit to other CMLs please do let us know via


Many Thanks

CML Peer Network team