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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:

Improved Digital Skills for public library staff thanks to SCL E-learning programme Add News288 to Scrapbook

Nearly 14,000 public library staff, 80% of the workforce, signed up for an SCL e-learning programme designed to improve their digital skills and digital confidence. The pro-gramme, funded by SCL and Arts Council England, helped library staff to recognise barriers people face when getting online, equipped staff to support people with various disability needs, and strengthened their role as digital champions.

For many people in the UK, the local public library is the only place to access free computers. According to ONS data more than 4 million households do not have internet access, and a large part of this group state that barriers, including lack of skills and equipment and access costs, prevent them from connecting to the Internet. Public libraries offer more than just computer and internet access: most have internet taster sessions aimed at both novice and experienced computer users.

Local and central Government departments in England rely on libraries as a delivery channel for their digital services. Now, thanks to the SCL programme, most libraries in England have taken steps to improve the digital confidence of staff members in order to help customers even more.

Ciara Eastell, SCL President, said:

"I'm very pleased that so many library services got involved in this training. It was delivered at low cost and to a tight timeframe, and in response to the identified training needs of library staff. Having a baseline of skill and confidence in place across the whole country gives us a real opportunity to talk with the new Government about the potential of public libraries to be a key venue for digital inclusion work with the most vulnerable in our communities.”

Brian Ashley, Director of Libraries, Arts Council England, said:

"Access to trusted skills and expertise is part of the library's USP. This needs to be continually refreshed, especially in the digital world, so the Arts Council felt it important to invest in this important work. The scale and value for money achieved in this programme is remarkable, and we look forward to continuing our work with the Society of Chief Librarians and with the Leadership for Libraries Task Force.”

An independent evaluation of the e-learning programme, carried out by Oakleigh Consulting, found that most staff felt better placed to help customers meet their online needs.

The evaluation surveyed library customers and found that 65% did not have a computer at home and 53% needed help get-ting online. 90% of the customers surveyed said that the online support they received in libraries was very important.


University of Lincoln's Library Shortlisted for Times Higher Education Award Add News286 to Scrapbook

University of Lincoln libraryLincoln has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Library Team category of the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs) 2015.

The THELMAs recognise the outstanding work of academic and professional services teams across higher education institutions in the UK.

Ian Snowley, University Librarian said:

"We’re extremely proud to be shortlisted for this prestigious award. The Library is the heart of our campus, and we work hard to continue to develop the services we provide to students and staff. This nomination recognises the commitment and dedication of our staff, and the effort they put in to making sure the services we provide delight our students.”

Opened in 2004 in a stunning conversion of a Victorian goods and grain warehouse, the Great Central Warehouse Library has won awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Last year the Library was named "a beacon of innovation and best practice” when it was awarded Customer Service Excellence status by the East Midlands Quality Centre.

The Library provides a variety of services and facilities for students and staff, offering more than a quarter of a million print book titles and thousands more e-books and journals. The last academic year (2013/14) was the most active in the Library’s history with almost 700,000 visits. An extension to the Library was officially opened in 2014 by HRH Prince Edward The Duke of Kent, providing extra seminar rooms, study space and ICT equipment.

The latest award nomination reflects ways in which students are given a clear voice in how their Library is run through close collaboration with the Students’ Union and the Library’s own Student Advisory Panel. This has enabled staff to respond to identified needs: for example, 24/7 opening is now standard for the majority of the academic year and a free Harvard referencing handbook provide students with a definitive guide for essay and dissertation work.

Winners of the THELMAs 2015 will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on Thursday 18th June 2015. To see the shortlist, visit:

Managing Access to the Internet in Public Libraries [MAIPLE] Add News282 to Scrapbook

MAIPLE was a 24 month project funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), carried out between September 2012 and August 2014 by a team from Loughborough University, led by Louise Cooke and including Rachel Spacey, Adrienne Muir, Claire Creaser and Valerie Spezi.

The aim of the project was to identify measures taken in UK public libraries to regulate access to internet content and evaluate their impact and effectiveness. The final project report is now completed and published. It can be downloaded free in PDF form and there are also had a limited number of copies printed to sell at cost price for anyone who wants to have a hard copy. To purchase a bound full-colour paper copy at cost price plus p&p, please visit the online store. More information on the website:

Comments, questions, and observations on the report, the project findings and the recommendations are welcomed; contact the Project Lead, Louise Cooke

See the report here: Managing Access to the Internet in Public Libraries [MAIPLE] Acrobat document  

Guide to collaboration between the archive and higher education sectors Add News280 to Scrapbook

The National Archives and Research Libraries UK commissioned a piece of guidance to explore how archives and academic institutions could better collaborate with one another.

The Guide to collaboration between the archive and higher education sectors was produced by Caroline Peach (of Preservation Matters Ltd) and is the result of an extensive period of research involving staff from a variety of archival and academic bodies. It explores many of the benefits and challenges of working between sectors and it is a part of The National Archives' wider collaboration with Research Libraries UK.

The guide can be downloaded here:    Guide_for_archives_to_collaborate_with_Higher_Education Acrobat document  

A video to accompany the guidance can also be found through the above link. This video was filmed at last year’s collaborative conference, "Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities: Forging collection based collaboration between archives, museums and academia."
Further content from the conference can be found here:

Patent Libraries Network - Northampton Library joins Add News277 to Scrapbook

Hull and Northamptonshire Central Libraries become recognised intellectual property centres after joining the UK’s patent library network.

The addition of these two libraries to the network brings the total number of PatLibs across the UK to 15. The centres will provide businesses and entrepreneurs with advice and support on IP issues. They will also offer patent searching, clinics with IP professionals and general business advice.

Both libraries have been supported by the Enterprising Libraries programme. This is funded by the Arts Council England and the Department for Communities and Local Government, in partnership with the British Library. The programme uses libraries’ roles in the community to spark local economic growth.


2015 Universal Offers poster available Add News269 to Scrapbook

Universal Offers 2015

A pdf version of the Society of Chief Librarians 2015 Universal Offers calendar can be found here:

SCL Universal Offers library poster 2015Acrobat document  


See also the resources section of SCL's website:



Refurbished Lincoln College Library Add News259 to Scrapbook

Study pod in The Library, Lincoln College A new layout for The Library in Lincoln College fulfils an ambition to provide students with modern learning facilities and resources that are logically organised and easy to find.

Lincoln College is sited over three locations: two in Lincolnshire and on one in Nottingham. It is the largest educational institute in the County with around 9,000 students of whom over 3,000 study full-time. The campus on Monk Road is both the administrative centre and the largest site of the college.

See more and images: Designing Libraries

Lincoln College library:

Suffolk libraries receive grant to develop arts Add News258 to Scrapbook

Suffolk Libraries has been awarded just over £99,000 by Arts Council England (ACE) to develop new arts opportunities in eight of the county’s libraries, with more to follow.

Suffolk libraries arts grantThe money has been granted through ACE’s ‘Grants for the Arts’ scheme which is a lottery-funded programme to support activities to engage people in creative arts activities and help artists and arts organisations carry out their work.

Suffolk Libraries are teaming up with Creative Arts East on the project which aims to deliver a programme of events with the potential to attract and ‘wow’ audiences.

The money will be used to help establish an initial eight libraries as spaces where the arts can be enjoyed and experienced with a focus on projecting high quality recorded performances in the library.

Some of the funding will be used for new equipment to enable libraries to provide events where digitally projected performances are shown to an audience. The programme could include digitally projected recorded performances such as of Donmar Warehouse’s Much Ado About Nothing with David Tennant and Katherine Tate or The Unicorn Theatre’s production of Michael Morpurgo’s Billy the Kidd.

There will be a focus on introducing new audiences to the arts and showing them what their library can offer. The programme will also help to establish stronger links between Suffolk Libraries and local arts organisations. The events are likely to take place in 2015.

Tony Brown, chair of Suffolk Libraries, said: "We are delighted to be awarded this funding which will help us to develop the role of our libraries as centres for cultural, social and learning experiences and hopefully encourage people to visit the library. Some people may be put off experiencing the arts in traditional, formal settings but the library may provide a more familiar and comfortable environment for them to enjoy the arts. New technology also gives us the opportunity to deliver these experiences in new and exciting ways.”

Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England, said: "Libraries are at the centre of local community life so provide great locations for artistic performances and exhibitions. We are incredibly pleased to be supporting this project that will bring high quality artistic experiences to new audiences.”

The eight libraries involved are Ixworth, Felixstowe, Gainsborough, Glemsford, Hadleigh, Lowestoft, Capel St Mary and Stradbroke, representing a range of libraries and locations across the county.

The programme will also support library staff to become ‘community champions’ for the arts so they can encourage current and new customers to take part. The project will also make the most of existing library stock – books, ebooks, magazines, DVDs and printed and online information about arts in the area.

Suffolk libraries link:

Discovery Add News257 to Scrapbook

 DiscoveryDiscovery holds more than 32 million descriptions of records held by The National Archives and more than 2,500 archives across the country. Over 9 million records are available for download. 
Archive users can now search, browse and tag 32 million record descriptions through the Discovery catalogue, making it a unique archival resource for researchers around the world.

The value to researchers of combining catalogue and organisational data from across the UK archives sector in one place is enormous.

Discovery incorporates data from:
•           National Register of Archives (NRA)
•           Directory of archives (ARCHON)
•           Access to Archives (A2A)
•           Manorial Documents Register (MDR)

Northamptonshire wins a Libraries Change Lives Award Add News252 to Scrapbook
Enterprise Hubs – Northamptonshire Library and Information Service and the Northamptonshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Enterprise Hubs, a partnership development between Northamptonshire Library and Information Service and the Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership, which stimulates business start-ups and self-employment among the region’s budding entrepreneurs and job seekers, was recently announced the winner of the CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award.

About the project

Northamptonshire Library and Information Service and the Northampton Enterprise Partnership (NEP) work together to provide a new business information and marketing service for people in the region who have skills or ideas they would like to turn into self-employment or business start-ups, including many would-be job-seekers who cannot find opportunities in the local job market.

Together the library and NEP encourage users to use their skills to turn themselves into self-employed entrepreneurs.


Users are supported with free and low cost business expertise via drop-in sessions, one-on-one consultations, workshops and valuable insight into local markets and opportunities, as well as access to low-cost office and meeting space. 


Since launching in April 2012 the service has helped over 900 people, 105 of whom are known to be trading in areas ranging from cleaning services to boat-building and from creative arts to veterinary lab services – this accounts for about 10% of all the county’s start-ups in that period.

At least 12 of these new businesses have become employers of staff or apprentices. 

Best Council Team Win For Northants Library Service Add News245 to Scrapbook

Northamptonshire County Council’s library service has won the Best Council Services Team category in this year’s 2014 Municipal Journal awards.

The library service, which is called LibraryPlus to reflect the wide range of activities and information now on offer, was the only public library service to be shortlisted in this year’s awards across all categories.

Judges gave LibraryPlus the award because they recognised its achievements for providing an improved service to residents and proven customer satisfaction despite ongoing financial challenges, noting that Northamptonshire's transformation journey provides a route map for others to follow.

Councillor Robin Brown, cabinet member for public health and wellbeing said: "Congratulations to everyone in the library service, including both staff and our many volunteers, on winning this prestigious award.

"It’s an endorsement of the excellent work that has been carried out by the team to keep all of our libraries open, improve services and opening hours, all against the backdrop of very challenging financial times.”

As well as traditional library services, LibraryPlus offers children’s activities and homework clubs, job clubs, Enterprise Hubs and business advice as well as community services such as bus-pass renewals or food bank referrals.

The Municipal Journal award winners were announced on 19th June.

RNIB's new web-site Add News237 to Scrapbook

Following six months of development RNIB has launched its new website which is clean, clear and obviously designed to be "accessible to the highest standards.”

There are substantial changes to the organisation of the different sections which take time to familiarise with but the Knowledge and Research Hub is particularly useful for access to key statistics, research reports and news etc. 

For more details on the new website see:

Reading Services covering the National Library Service (access to books, newspapers and magazines in a variety of different formats) and the Talking Book Service are at:

New website for heritage groups Add News233 to Scrapbook

A new website that provides information for community groups involved with heritage projects has been launched by the School of History at the University of Leicester: it contains online training resources for community historians

The Building and Enriching Shared Heritages website covers many topics and includes advice about doing research, using archives, interpreting historical sources, oral history, engaging the public, archiving, copyright, publishing, and looking for funding for a project.

The website also contains podcasts and videos, and all the information is available as downloadable documents.

The address for the website is:

Historical medical books database gets a boost. Add News232 to Scrapbook

The Wellcome Library and Jisc have strengthened their successful working relationship by recently signing a new three year agreement for the digitisation of more than 10 million pages of 19th century published works.

These are focused on medicine and related disciplines and drawn from university and other research libraries across the UK.
The Wellcome Library is one of the world’s major resources for the study of medical history and provides access to a growing collection of resources relating to contemporary medicine and biomedical science in society.

The Wellcome Library is digitising its 19th century collections. Jisc will support the digitisation of complementary collections which are housed within universities to create a comprehensive online resource for the history of medicine and related sciences. The Wellcome Library will also provide support to allow non-university research libraries to participate in the project. Open access to all of the content will be provided across multiple platforms, including the Wellcome Library’s website, the Internet Archive and through Jisc.

The project will significantly increase the availability of digitised text for teaching learning and research. The project is being undertaken in partnership with a number of higher education and specialist libraries, co-designed with Research Libraries UK (RLUK), and informed by an academic advisory group.

Simon Chaplin, head of the Wellcome Library said: "We are building on the success of the US-based Medical Heritage Library, which already has over 50,000 digitised books online – our project will add significantly to this. For the Wellcome Library, this forms part of a bigger project that will digitise over 50 million pages of historic medical books, archives, manuscripts and journals by 2020.”

Stella Butler, chair of RLUK and chair of the academic advisory group
for the project said: "RLUK is delighted to be working with Jisc and the Wellcome Library on this important project which will make a step change to the availability of research resource for humanities scholars enabling important projects in areas such as medical history, ethics and the social sciences.”

Lorraine Estelle, Jisc’s executive director content and discovery and divisional CEO Jisc Collections said: "By working with the Wellcome Library and the Internet Archive to aggregate dispersed medical collections of books and pamphlets, we are building the UK’s research capability in the most sustainable way. High quality digitisation allows text to be liberated from its page, and the resulting data enables new forms of research inquiry. The project also meets the increasing demand, from our customers, that traditional content should be made digital for use and reuse.”


Insights: the UKSG journal - first fully Open Access issue published Add News223 to Scrapbook

Insights: the UKSG journal, Vol. 27, No.1 has now been published thereby completing the journey to full open access.

All back issues of Insights are open access and there are no article processing charges (APCs).

"Knowledge is a global asset, and we are pleased to be playing our part in disseminating it." Lorraine Estelle and Steve Sharp, Joint Editors

More information