Roadmap out of Lockdown in England

Following the Prime Minister’s recent announcement in the House of Commons, the government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’, setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England.  The Roadmap has been informed by the latest scientific evidence and seeks a balance between our key social and economic priorities, whilst preserving the health and safety of the country.

You will see from the document it says the roadmap’s hope is for libraries to be permitted to reopen their doors in Step 2 (eg for browsing) – earliest date would be April 12. But this is based on caveats about the infection data being right to do so when the position is reviewed the week before.

Hopefully we can have discussions around this at our our next monthly Network Meeting to be held on 11th of March 2021 @ 10.30am. Our guest speaker at this meeting is Sarah Mears, Libraries Connected. The Meeting will be chaired by Richard Fowler, trustee of the Network. You can book a place at the meeting HERE.

Stay Safe.


Award Nomination plus Network Meeting taking place on 11 March 2021 @ 10.30am

Colleagues I hope you are all safe and well. We will be sending round a more detailed Newsletter in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, a few brief updates:

Do you know someone amongst our CML community who has demonstrated outstanding innovative, imaginative or impressive service over a period? If you do you may consider nominating them for an award? Read on for further information.  

“Nominating someone for an award

The Honours process provides a great opportunity to recognise outstanding individual achievements, and highlight the impressive work going on across public libraries all over the country that makes a significant positive difference to the lives of other people. 

To get an honour, people should have:

  • made a real impact in their community or workplace
  • gained the respect of their peers
  • changed things for the better
  • demonstrated innovation or entrepreneurship
  • exemplified the very best sustained and selfless voluntary service

Honours are not confined to people at senior levels, or those working nationally – nominations are especially welcome for people working at the frontline who have made a real difference locally too. And anyone (individual or organisation) can nominate someone whose work or efforts they think should be recognised in this way. 

Here’s how to nominate someone for a national honour; the Honours and Appointments Secretariat would love to hear from you. “

Network Meeting, 11 March 2021 @ 10.30am – Guest Speaker Sarah Mears, Libraries Connected

We also have a brief update about our next Network Meeting, Chaired by Richard Fowler, Community Managed Libraries Peer Network Trustee (and from the Harbury Village Library & Biblio’s Cafe) .

The meeting will take place on 11th March, our guest Speaker is Sarah Mears, Libraries Connected.

Sarah will share some thoughts on recovery/re-opening, safely restoring events and activities, and also share information about the Accreditation Framework for English Public Libraries. You can register for the Network Meeting HERE.

Thank you.