Seasons Greetings and More!

Thank you to everyone for your wonderful support in 2018.  Below is a recap on some of the things we did or started in 2018:

  • 1st CML Peer Network Conference, March 2018, Sheffield, over 70 attendees
  • Over 90 people participated in 9 webinar/face to face sessions
  • Further support from Power to Change to create a sustainable peer Network and a regional presence
  • Work started to formalise our status, as a Charity
  • Initial support by 4 students from CASS Business School to develop a membership model

More to look forward to in 2019, includes

  • Practical Bid Writing Workshop, London, 30th January 2019
  • Developing a robust Business Plan, 5 March 2019, venue TBC
  • Community Engagement and Volunteers, 24 April 2019, venue North TBC
  • The Law – Assets, Governance and Trustees, 4 June 2019 venue TBC
  • Second CML Peer Network Conference

Plus some webinars on Community Businesses, Impact, Equality and Diversity and Business Development.

Thank you for your ongoing support and Merry Christmas and a Successful 2019.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Practical session on Bid Writing for community managed libraries will now run as a WEBINAR on 30 January 2019

The Bid Writing workshop planned for 30th of January 2019 at the Upper Norwood Library Hub (UNLH) in Crystal Palace, will now run as a WEBINAR from 11.00am to 12.15pm.

Facilitated by Sally Long, Chair of Cricklewood Community Library who have been successful in raising funds from different sources with support from Upper Norwood Library Hub..

You will learn more about what makes a good bid; lessons learnt from peers who have been successful/not successful with bids; budgets and some practical tools and ideas to help you improve/develop future bids and your bid writing skills.

You can book a place at this practical session @ https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/practical-bid-writing-workshop-for-community-managed-libraries-tickets-53915014259

If you have any questions regarding the workshop or if you wish to learn more about the Community Managed Libraries Peer Network, please email communitylibs@unlt.org

 

 

 

 

As part of the wider Government strategy to improve safeguarding practice across the voluntary sector in England, DCMS in partnership with Big Lottery Fund are investing a total of £1.14 million to improve access to training, support and advice.

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.

This will then be followed by a second phase which will fund a small number or organisations or partnerships to share the resources developed during Phase 1 and support grassroots charities and community organisations to improve their safeguarding practice.

For details of how to apply visit: https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/safeguarding-training-fund-phase-1

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

Taken from (Office for Civil Society) OCS For Info (London and South) – December 2018

Media roundup – November 2018

National/general

 

International

  • 16 Nov: Ten library tips for teens and young people (NZ) would be valid for teens anywhere
  • 15 Nov: IFLA at the Internet Governance Forum 2018: Libraries Central to Building a Trusted Internet ”Libraries were well placed to help communities to get into action. They could offer solutions to practical problems, a space for coordination between community members, leadership in new initiatives, and training in how to take advantage of new possibilities.”
  • 14 Nov: “Calgary’s New Central Library is an example of the best practices in modern monument making” (Canada) “It is remarkable how, all around the world, libraries have become the main focus of civic activity. While they were always places that acted as access points to knowledge, they have in recent years turned into social centres, community halls, theatres, museums, and even a species of indoor park (this last function mainly of use to the homeless and socially disadvantaged), all rolled into one. They have also become the most active and active structure in many communities, the one public building that defines and serves neighbourhoods or whole cities without charging you for a cup of coffee or waiting until you are sick.”
  • 13 Nov: Learning Lessons from DPLA the Digital Public Library of America – laying off staff and a change in strategic direction. Previously focused on aggregating and curating special collections and a technical approach that made sense for the web, now appears to be pivoting more towards ebook distribution systems.
  • 9 Nov: Constructive Confrontation: Being Decisive Rather than Nice (Public Libraries Online) strategies for dealing with challenging library patrons.
  • Feb: A librarian’s case against overdue book fines (TED talk) Librarian from the US makes the case (talk dates from Feb 2018 – just appeared in alert!)

 

Blogs

 

Local/regional