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Delivering the Universal Offers
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Universal Offers Roadshow

The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) held a regional road show to raise awareness of the Public Library Universal Offers and to showcase East Midlands' libraries initiatives on Tuesday 26th November 2013.

The road show was held at Mansfield Library and aimed to:

  • ensure all key staff within library services are aware of the national offers
  • enable leaders at both the national and regional level to talk about best practice
  • identify how staff can support the delivery of the national offers within their authority based on the information gained on the day
  • pilot a model for the regions of rolling out national offers to public library authorities
  • generate awareness and debate on the current national context for libraries
  • embed the Universal Offers within our regional and local planning frameworks for libraries

Each of the universal offers was introduced by a lead member of the national groups wtih Janene Cox providing an invaluable context for the offers.   Presentations from the day can be found below.

Embedding the Universal Offers - Janene Cox, President SCL

Universal Reading offer  - Miranda McKearney, Director of the Reading Agency

Health offer - Miranda McKearney, Director of the Reading Agency

Digital Offer - Nick Stopforth (SCL Lead / Doncaster)

Information Offer  - Sally McMahon, Executive Lead, SCL (presented by Alan Medway on behalf of the Information Group)

Assisted Digital offer - Nick Stopforth (SCL Lead / Doncaster)


Background papers:

Digital Promise for Public Libraries 2012 Word document  

SCL Universal Offers Narrative Acrobat document  

SCL Universal Offers library poster 2015 Acrobat document  

Universal offers - library poster to print Acrobat document  

Sixty one library staff from the East Midlands took part: Participants - Universal offers roadshow Nov 2013   

Four workshops were held in the afternoon around the universal offers for health, reading, digital and information.

These were facilitated by staff from the region's libraries who provided case studies and encouraged discussion around how library services are delivering the universal offers and the issues and challenges raised.
See: Universal Offers Workshops

Feedback from the event clearly showed that attendees had found the day interesting and enjoyable; relevant to their work, an opportinity to network with regional colleagues;a welcome chance to meet and hear the national offer leads; helpful to hear from others how they are working with the national offers; and to share with other colleagues how their own authority is delivering the national offers.  

"Today has given me a clearer understanding of the universal offfers.  It has provided a snapshot of how a library service could benefit society through the offers"

"Very encouraging to know as a profession we are moving together to promote our service and show we are of value despite current issues"

"Well organised and a great opportunity to focus on the offers - I feel much more informed and able to put into practice."