Communications and Social Media – Webinar Recording

View the recording of the Communications and Social Media webinar:

This two hour webinar facilitated by Julia Chandler, Communications Lead, Libraries Taskforce and Leigh Ogden, Programme Development Manager, Upper Norwood Library Hub is open to staff, volunteers, trustees, people who work in/support community managed libraries, independent libraries and those who receive local authority support and trusts and communities aspiring to implement community managed libraries. The session offers:

  • Practical hints and tips for promoting your library
  • Insights into digital channels

The session is also informed by examples and learning from the CML sector, helping participants and their organisations devise and implement effective communication and social media strategies.



Community Engagement and Volunteering – Webinar Recording

View the recording of the Community Engagement and Volunteering webinar:

The webinar was facilitated by Kathryn Roper, Membership Developer at Locality and is open to staff, volunteers, trustees, people who work in/support community managed libraries, independent libraries and those who receive local authority support and trusts and communities aspiring to implement community managed libraries.  The session will focus on

Community Engagement

  • Harnessing community support
  • Involving your community in decision making
  • Planning
  • Managing community challenges/issues
  • Social media/communication
  • Fundraising


  • Recruitment and selection of volunteers
  • Working with volunteers
  • Sompe practical tools/tips
  • Learning from others’ experience
  • Involving volulnteers in strategic decision making
  • Volunteer strategy

The session is also informed by live case studies, learning and experiences from the CML sector, helping paticipants and their organiations devise and implement effective community engagement and volunteering plans, processes and strategies.

Business Planning – Webinar Recording

View the recording of the Business Planning webinar:

The webinar was facilitated by John Dawson @ Locality and is aimed at aspiring, developing and advanced Community Managed Libraries looking to create a dynamic and robust business plan for their organisation.  The session will explore the following:

  • Viability not Liability
  • Understanding the value of Community Assets
  • The main components of your business plan 
  • Using a Balanced Scorecard approach   
  • The finances – key concepts   
  • Managing Risk   
  • Q/A

At the end of the session you will be able to write a strong purpose for your plan, develop core values, lock down a 1 – 3 year vision, define how you want your organisation to be viewed both internally and externally, identify critical success factors and establish a clear road map for your organisation.

Community Asset Transfer (CAT) – Webinar Recording

View the recording of the Community Asset Transfer webinar:

This two hour webinar on Community Asset Transfer (CAT) explores:

  • The context – what’s happening nationally?

  • The basics – asset or liability?

  • Understanding your community and its needs

  • Get legally organised

  • Understand the CAT process in your area

  • The business plan

  • To own or lease?

  • Q/A

The webinar was hosted by Stephen Rolph, Head of Community Enterprise and Assets.  Locality are well known experts in the area of CAT.


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

CML Peer Network Blog Page:


For more information and to book your place:


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.


For more information and to book your place:


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

GDPR: Training Videos for CMLs

Following the recent data protection changes brought about by GDPR, Chris Brown from Greenhill Community Library has provided some information which may be of use to Community Managed Libraries requiring training aimed at front line staff.


With the GDPR now in force, we at Sheffield felt it was important that all our front-line volunteers understood how to comply with it. However we found that the commercially available training was expensive and too broad in scope, requiring volunteers to watch perhaps two hours of content to distill the (relatively few) things that they really need to know.

So Greenhill and Totley libraries teamed up to produce some short training videos of our own. Comprising four scenario-based  modules totaling just 15 minutes, the training is tightly focused on the needs of front-desk staff in community libraries. They have been well-received by our volunteers here at Greenhill.
The four modules are:

* Module 1: Introduction

* Module 2: Using Data Lawfully

* Module 3: Keeping Personal Data Secure

* Module 4: Data Subject’s Rights

There is a taster clip from module 3 here:


We have decided to make these videos available to community-managed libraries in the UK for a modest fee of £50. That’s a one-off, per-library fee, independent of the number of volunteers you need to train.
If you would like to use them:

(1) Send a BACS payment to “Friends of Greenhill Library”

Sort code 05-08-68, Account 33308374

including “GDPR” and your library name in the payment reference

(2) Send an email to


We will then send you the links. Apologies for this cumbersome approach but we are not set up to take payment in other ways.

Chris Brown (Greenhill Community Library)


If you have any further news or training and development opportunities relevant to the community managed libraries sector then please share them with us via our contact us page so that we can share them with the network.

May newsletter out now

The Community Managed Libraries Peer Network publishes a monthly newsletter with news and information from the sector, including funding and training opportunities. The May newsletter is out now and includes links for free training for impact measurement, using digital and stock acquisition and highlights three funding opportunities that are open for applications now.

If you don’t yet receive the newsletter and would like to read it or subscribe to future editions you can find it here.

Measuring Your Impact – A FREE Webinar

Measuring Your Impact – a free webinar from the Community Managed Libraries Peer Network.
Thursday 31st May, 11am-12:30pm.

Join us for an interactive presentation, followed by a Q&A session from the audience, where we’ll be exploring the importance of effective impact measurement for community managed libraries, independents and/or local authority supported libraries. The session will:

  • Consider the crucial role of impact measurement in justifying to others what you do, and to improve your own work.
  • Explore methods of measurement based on your aims.
  • Outline the advantages and disadvantages of self-implemented measurement processes versus externally assisted research.
  • Discuss the development of logical models, which connect what libraries ‘do’ with what effect is had, in order to calculate social value measurement and identify social return on investment.
  • Consider what could be done to assist, individually or collectively, and how.
  • Identify and share some helpful online toolkits and guides that could help you capture data effectively and analyse efficiently to show the positive effects that you are having on your community.

This webinar will be facilitated by Dr Geoff Nichols, Senior Lecturer at Sheffield University Management School, and Prof Peter Taylor of Sheffield Hallam University.

IMPORTANT: You are not required to register via Eventbrite, but you should register via the Webinar platform here, to ensure ease of access to the session on the day.