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'Motivate, Learn, Lead' 10 year course reunion Add News312 to Scrapbook

ReunionRecently a reunion was held for participants from the ten years of LIEM's acclaimed course 'Motivate, Learn, Lead'

This cross-sectoral leadership programme for middle managers in library and information services in the East Midlands has been facilitated by Diana Edmonds from Bridgford Consultancy.

It is hoped that the programme will continue to be offered.

For more details see:,_Learn,_Lead

If you would like to be notified about future LIEM training opportunities, please contact us.

Arts Council England: WiFi in Public Libraries initiative Add News309 to Scrapbook
It is estimated that 16% of households do not have access to the internet.  Arts Council England have stated that by March 2016, their aim is that public libraries would be providing the most widespread opportunity in the country for people to connect to digital services via WiFi networks on their laptops, tablets and smartphones. Free WiFi allows library users the flexibility to drop in, log on using their own devices and do what they need easily and without fuss.

In order to achieve this Arts Council England are delivering (on behalf of DCMS) a one-off  funding programme to enable all libraries in England to provide free, accessible WiFi for their users.

While many libraries already offer these facilities, this programme will enable universal coverage. This will provide further opportunities to extend library services, lead to growth in digital skills and develop important new partnerships that will benefit local residents and citizens.

The WiFi in Public Libraries initiative follows the recommendation in William Sieghart's Independent Report on Libraries. It will be an early achievement for the Leadership for Libraries Taskforce, set up by DCMS and the Local Government Association in January 2015.

It is also central to the ambitions of Arts Council’s ‘Envisioning the Library of the Future’ and the Society of Chief Librarian’s Universal Offers to position public libraries as a core provider of public digital services. More on this and how applications will be managed here:

Funding awards in the East Midlands go to: Leicester, Peterborough, Rutland, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire.
National Directory of UK Sound Collections published Add News308 to Scrapbook

The National Directory of UK Sound Collections and the accompanying Report on the National Audit of UK Sound Collections
have now been published online at

The Directory of UK Sound Collections
Over a period of 20 weeks (from January to May 2015), this survey collected information on 3,015 collections, from 488 collection holders, containing 1.9 million items. The resulting Directory of UK Sound Collections is now available to download and contains details of all collections whose holders agreed to share information on their holdings (some did not).

Report on the National Audit of UK Sound Collections
A Report on the National Audit of UK Sound Collections describing the approach and methodology used, and analysing the results of the information gathered is now available to download.

I’d like to personally thank those of you that took the time to respond to this important survey.

We are now starting to map the results across to the nations and regions with whom we hope to be partnering over the coming years on our major national audio digitisation initiative, ‘Save Our Sounds’:

Dr Robert B Perks

Lead Curator, Oral History

Director, National Life Stories

British Library

Libraries receive funding for innovative digital inclusion activity Add News307 to Scrapbook

Tinder FoundationThe Tinder Foundation has awarded funding to sixteen libraries including Nottingham City and Chesterfield libraries, as part of a latest funding round. The sixteen libraries will run innovative pilots that will support people to improve their digital skills.

The funding is part of an action research pilot, running from 1 October 2015 to 31 March 2016, with selected libraries funded to engage with people who are socially excluded, supporting them to develop basic digital skills.

All 16 libraries will investigate models of support that work for their communities, through new partnerships, new technologies and innovative models of support, leading to the creation of new resources to support the sector as a whole.

Helen Milner, Chief Executive of Tinder Foundation says:

"We’re delighted to have been able to award funding to 16 library services, who all demonstrated innovate ideas for engaging with their local communities, reaching new people, and having a real impact on closing the digital divide. Through the UK online centres network, libraries have already supported hundreds of thousands of people to improve their digital skills, and this project will extend this even further, ensuring successful activity can be scaled up for even greater impact.”

Paul Blantern (Chair) and Kathy Settle (Chief Executive) of the Leadership for Libraries Taskforce warmly welcomed this announcement as

'An exciting opportunity for various libraries to further develop digital access for their communities with the support and partnership of The Tinder Foundation. It is important to help all users to grow in confidence and awareness of the wide range of services that libraries provide.'

Ciara Eastell, Society of Chief Librarians President, said:

"SCL welcomes the investment by Tinder Foundation in these innovative digital inclusion projects. Libraries are places of discovery and learning and it is fitting that they also offer the latest technologies and resources to the public, for free. We look forward to seeing the impact that these projects have on local communities.”

The full list of library services funded as part of the programme is:

•Barnet Libraries - Barnet Library
•Brighton & Hove City Council Libraries - Jubilee Library
•CCS Libraries - Ealing, Croydon, Harrow and Hounslow - Hounslow Library
•Coventry Libraries and Information Service - Coventry Central Library
•Cumbria Libraries - Workington Library
•Derbyshire County Council - Chesterfield Library
•Doncaster Libraries - Doncaster Central Library
•Gateshead - Gateshead Central Library
•Leeds Library and Information Service - Leeds Central Library
•Livewire (Warrington) CIC - Warrington Library
•Newcastle Libraries - Newcastle City Library
•Nottingham City Libraries - Nottingham City Library
•Northumberland Libraries - Northumberland Libraries
•Oswestry Library - Oswestry Library
•Portsmouth Library and Archive Service - Portsmouth Central Library
•Somerset Libraries - Somerset Library

Grants for the arts Libraries fund Add News303 to Scrapbook

Grants for the arts are for activities carried out over a set period and which engage people in England in arts activities, and help artists and arts organisations in England carry out their work. Grants for the arts is funded by the National Lottery.

The Grants for the arts Libraries fund invests National Lottery money in projects delivered by public libraries or library authorities working in partnership with artists and cultural organisations across all art forms.

The aim of the fund is to inspire innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations, and encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities.

It is hoped that this second phase of funding, which will be rolled out between April 2015 and March 2018, will once again inspire ambitious, innovative partnerships between libraries and arts organisations, and encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities.

Public libraries can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 covering activities lasting up to three years. The fund opened to applications on 1 April 2015 and will run until 31 March 2018. 



E-Lending: Results of Pilot Scheme Add News298 to Scrapbook

Statement on the main findings in the newly-published 'Report on the remote Ebook Lending Pilots', from The Publishers Association, Society of Chief Librarians, Booksellers Association, Society of Authors and Association of Authors Agents

The remote e-lending pilot study, jointly commissioned by the Society of Chief Librarians and The Publishers Association, funded via the British Library Trust and Arts Council England (ACE) and developed and delivered by MTM London, has been instrumental in helping stakeholders - publishers, agents, authors, booksellers and libraries - better understand the impact of remote ebook lending in English public libraries.

The measures, as recommended by William Sieghart, were put in place to try to establish whether a remote e-lending service might disrupt the delicate ecology of the print and, still nascent, digital market and that a fair balance existed between those who loaned the books for free and those who wanted to be rewarded for creating, publishing and selling the book. The report will be useful in further shaping publishers' understanding of the e-lending landscape and their policies (commercial terms, titles they make available and appropriate lending conditions frictions) and will help to inform ongoing discussions with authors and agents.

E-lending accounts for only 5% of loans, yet librarians believed that in the event of an extension of e-lending, they would spend up to 25% of their book budget on ebooks and would spend the majority of that on the most popular titles. However, the results also show that library footfall could drop, with those who use the remote elending service less likely to visit the library premises.

In terms of users, the results of the pilot indicate that while remote e-lending may drive up usage of the service, it would currently be from a very small, and more affluent, user base.

The results are of particular concern to booksellers. This research indicates a possible reduction in the propensity to buy new physical books and visit bookshops amongst e-book borrowers. The research was inconclusive as to whether e-book lending leads to greater e-book purchasing.

There is no Public Lending Right for ebooks when borrowed remotely. All parties note that it is critically important that authors receive fair payment each time their works are borrowed as well as on the initial licence to the library. The future development of any remote e-lending model will have to have this principle at its core.

E-lending_pilot_report Acrobat document  


The pilot was set up following the Sieghart Review into E-Lending in Public Libraries (April 2013) to analyse the impact of ebook lending on publishers and authors and public libraries. In particular, the pilot is seeking to establish the impact of different models for e-lending on sales.

Publishers and librarians agreed four key principles that would guide the project:

  • Lending should be free of charge;
  • Library members should be able to borrow digital books remotely;
  • Only one user should be able to access one copy at any time;
  • To address issues of deterioration, each digital copy would have a lifespan similar to that which exists for physical books.

Four local authorities were selected to participate in the pilot which sees publishers make available for lending an additional catalogue of 893 titles, across genres. Two authorities serve an urban area (Newcastle City Council and Peterborough City Council) while two serve rural communities (Derbyshire County Council and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead). The length of loan period also varies between the authorities – one rural and one urban authority loan period being 7 days, the others 21 days.

The pilot and associated research has been funded by the British Library Trust and Arts Council England.

Grant programmes for libraries 2015 Add News297 to Scrapbook

Arising out of a listing of grant programmes for digitisation projects in museums, information about similar grant programmes for digitisation and more in libraries / archives has been collated and can be found in the document below.

Please let us know at LIEM if you know of grant funding that has not been listed that may be of interest for colleagues.

Grant programmes - libraries 2015 Acrobat document  

Shakespeare Week report Add News293 to Scrapbook

Shakespeare weekShakespeare Week was first celebrated in 2014. Co-ordinated by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT) - working in collaboration with arts and heritage organisations across the UK - the annual, national celebration aims to introduce primary school-aged children to Shakespeare's life, works and times in a fun and engaging way.

In 2015 the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) - working in partnership with the SBT, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), Association of Senior Children's and Education Librarians (ASCEL) and The Reading Agency (TRA) - successfully bid for funding from Arts Council England (ACE) to promote and support library involvement in the Week.

The summary report on Shakespeare Week 2015 'Celebrate in Libraries' can be read here: Shakespeare Week report Acrobat document  

The project was evaluated as a great success - 42 library authorities took part.

Plans are afoot to make Shakespeare Week 2016 (March 14 - 20) even bigger and better.

New partners - the BBC, British Library and Booksellers' Association - have joined the steering group and a funding bid for next year's 400th anniversary is already being prepared.


Dementia Awareness Week: Libraries report benefits of reading for people with dementia and their carers Add News292 to Scrapbook

Figures released from English public libraries, announced today for Dementia Awareness Week, show the importance of book-based support for people affected by dementia – a need which is being met by public libraries.  Since the launch of Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia in January 2015, national loans of the books in the scheme have nearly trebled.

English libraries have seen a 286% increase in national library loans of titles from the recommended read-ing list of 25 books . In Newcastle a Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia title held the top spot for loans of non-fiction titles in March, with 5 other titles making the top 20 list.

The public library scheme is delivered through a partnership between The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians with funding from Arts Council England. It provides a list of 25 titles, recommended by health professionals as well as people with lived experience, and is designed to offer information and advice about dementia, support with living well after diagnosis, practical advice for carers and suggestions for shared therapeutic activities. The list includes non-fiction, a picture book, personal stories and the novel Still Alice by Lisa Genova, recently made into an award-winning film starring Julianne Moore.

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia forms part of a national library strategy to help meet the enormous need for quality-assured support for dementia care in the UK and build dementia-friendly communities. The scheme is also designed to help people without a formal diagnosis who may be worrying about symptoms and wanting to find out more.

Throughout Dementia Awareness Week, 18th-24th May 2015, libraries across England are hosting author events; in the East Midlands the event is on Thursday 21st May at 2.30pm in Oakham Castle for Rutland Libraries with Chris Carling ("But Then Something Happened"). Also marking Dementia Awareness Week is the official opening of a specialist dementia friendly library in Wakefield, West Yorkshire on 20th May, where the books from the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia scheme will be made available in this dementia-aware community space.   

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society, says:

 "It is very encouraging to hear that the scheme has been so effective in its first few months and that public libraries are proving an important new tool in helping to deliver much needed health services for people with dementia in their community.  We are delighted to be a partner in incredibly innovative scheme working together with libraries and The Reading Agency to raise awareness of the condition, as well as offering much needed practical help and advice for people with dementia and their carers. I hope it goes from strength to strength.”

Keith Oliver, a former head teacher diagnosed with dementia in 2010, helped with the development of the core book list. He says:

"In my first two years after diagnosis I had a great drive to read as much as I could by way of factual manuals, first hand experiences and fiction relating to dementia in order to better understand what was happening to me, and to reduce the fear and confusion I, as someone experiencing this disease in my mid 50s was experiencing. I totally commend this scheme for helping those who are sharing this journey with me either as people living with dementia, as carers or as professionals either in library services or the health/voluntary sector.”

Brian Ashley, Director for Libraries, Arts Council England, says:

"We’re really pleased to hear about the positive impact that the Reading Well Books on Prescription initiative is already having.  It highlights the significant role that libraries can play in people’s health and well-being and we are looking forward to hearing about further developments to the programme.”

Lincoln College library scoops two Best Practice Awards Add News289 to Scrapbook

The winners have been announced of the CoLRiC Best Practice Awards 2105.

CoLRiC - the Council for Learning Resources in Colleges - is an independent organisation working with library and learning resources centre managers in further education, sixth form colleges and the HE in FE sector to enhance and maintain excellence in their services

Lincoln College has scooped two awards: 1st place in the Information Literacy category and 3rd place in the Reader Development category.

See more here:

Lincoln College Library: