Hello everyone. We hope you are all safe and well.
The Network has been very busy recently: contributing to discussions at national level where we champion the voices/needs of CMLs; running bi-monthly virtual learning sessions; developing a CML database; undertaking research into CMLs which operate as Community Hubs with support from Power to Change; building our website and forum which has just been completed and ready to be populated; creating opportunities for CMLs to share their experiences with others and much more.
Over the next few weeks and coming months we will focus on renewal or recovery, sharing experiences of CMLs as they re-open their doors and services.
What is in today’s Article?
- Dates for the July virtual learning sessions focused on Renewal/Recovery planning
- A Case study about Garden Surburb Community Library’s Click and Collect Service; an interesting initiative from Archibald Corbett Community Library and a digital skills training case study from ClearCommunityWeb based in South London. Do you have an interesting story/learning to share with other CMLs? Please email us at info@communitylibrariesnetwork.
- Resources and Toolkits:
- Twine Benchmark
- Digital Boost
- Digital Skills Training – A Case Study from ClearCommunityWeb in South London
Dates for the June and July 2020 Virtual Learning Sessions – Renewal and Recovery
Click the relevant date to join a session of your choice – we have spaces for 9 more people on the 9th of July. Once you confirm your place, we will send you an email with a Zoom link to join the session on the day.
Please note that the team will take a break from August, so the virtual learning and support sessions will resume in September 2020.
CASE STUDY: Garden Suburb Community Library’s Click and Collect Service
Like all libraries Garden Suburb Community Library made the decision to close on the 17th March, find out what they did and lessons learnt from their Click and Collect scheme.
CASE STUDY: Digital Skills Training in South East London
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis ClearCommunityWeb in partnership with Upper Norwood Library Hub has helped over 100 people
stay connected online, many of whom are vulnerable or working with
vulnerable groups. Read the case study to learn more.
An Interesting Initiative by Archibald Corbett Library
The ‘Doorstep Chat’: Throughout June & July they are offering a ‘Doorstep Chat service’ for customers that are shielding and fancy a chat! You can book a 30minute slot and a volunteer will come to the outside of your house and sit either in your front garden (if you have one) or on your front wall and chat with you. You can also use this opportunity to place book orders if you are a library member.
Plus the online support services starting form Monday 8th June where you book a slot with a colleague from the Online Support Services. He can help you complete any online forms you may be struggling with. This will be done at a table in their courtyard out the back of the library so social distancing measures can be put in place.
RESOURCES AND TOOLKITS
Twine Benchmark: you can learn more about the financial health of your CML using Power to Change”s Twine Benchmark. To find out more please click HERE to access their webinar.
Boost your digital business skills: Digital Boost launches today, the platform is founded by Founders4Schools and BCG Digital Ventures, with support from DCMS. It offers free digital advice for small businesses and charities impacted by coronavirus, provided by expert volunteers, helping them to improve their digital capability to grow and prosper. You can download the media pack below:
Thank you all and stay safe.