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2021 Programme

Motivate, Learn, Lead – has moved online

We are delighted to announce that the 2021 Motivate programme has moved online with two cohorts who will undertake the course over the next three months.  Congratulations to all those who were selected and we look forward to hearing how they are benefitting from the programme in due course.

Thanks to Covid!

An opportunity to learn about projects that have developed through the pandemic period and share experiences across all the library sectors. Hosted by Libraries & Information East Midlands (LIEM).

Covid-19 threw us into pandemonium last year and a year on we want to take this opportunity to share experiences and learn from one another about how we’ve survived and even thrived in  providing services to our customers.  To end off this amazingly strange year LIEM are offering a one-off free webinar so that we can share and show how we care.  A range of speakers from different sectors will introduce projects they undertook to give us new insights and ideas.

The session will run on Zoom on Tuesday 23rd March 2021 9.30-11.00 and will be free of charge.  Come along and join us to find out more and prompt ideas for the way forward.

To book your place please go to Eventbrite

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Managing a project in Library & Information Services: a starter framework.  


Please email to go on the waiting list or be notified of future dates for this course.

29th April 2021. 09.30-12.30

As library leaders & managers, we’re constantly required to deliver on projects for change, never more so than in recent times. Many of us achieve results through a blend of intuition and learning from experience. If you wish to review how you set about this, the half day workshop provides a framework for seeing a project through from start to finish. The main focus is on project principles into practice and effectiveness of the project team, rather than on IT systems.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of this virtual workshop, you will be able to:

Define a project and identify success factors

Be clear on roles and responsibilities in a project team

Identify the key stages in a project life-cycle

Know some techniques for managing each stage effectively

There will be some reading before the workshop and reference material provided after. Participants are asked to bring a case study project to the workshop.

Costs: £65 for LIEM Members; £85 for non-LIEM members

Booking form available here

For further information or if you have any queries contact Carol on

Creating and marketing with Video in Libraries

Thursday 20th May 2021 – 10.00 – 13.00 (ZOOM)

This hands on workshop focuses on creating videos in a variety of styles, using a variety of tools.

We’ll talk about the importance of video marketing and how to use video effectively in how-to guides and introduction. We’ll look at examples of great library videos. We’ll discuss the different available platforms, including YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram and Twitter, and how to increase your following and increase engagement, as well as analysing impact.

There will be time to try out various freely available video-creation software, including PowToon, and using PowerPoint to create screen-capture and other video types.

(Please be reassured that participants won’t need a camera or a mic for this session, although they’re welcome to use them; we’ll be trying out camera-free ways to create video.)

Trainer bio

Ned Potter is an Academic Liaison Librarian at the University of York, and a Trainer for various organisations including the Bodleian, the NHS and the British Library in the UK, and PiCS in Australasia.   

His book The Library Marketing Toolkit was published by Facet in 2012. Ned can be found online at and on Twitter at @ned_potter.

“Very, very worthy use of my time, and enjoyable too! Excellently organised and delivered course. Thank you.” SALCTG Scotland

“Ned is an expert presenter whom I would recommend to any colleagues with an interest in this topic.” Academic & Research Libraries Group

”Really enjoyed the day – I enjoyed the mixture of listening and hands-on practical work.I liked the relaxed style of the day. I learnt a lot and came away filled with ideas. Thanks very much – really beneficial day.” NHS East Midlands

Costs: £40 for LIEM Members; £60 for non-LIEM members

Booking form available here

For further information or if you have any queries contact Carol on

Teaching Skills for Library Staff  – Deferred to at least November 2021

Date to be confirmed  – Leicester Creative Business Depot              9.45 – 4.30 

The course which aims to build on participants’ current experiences of teaching information skills in libraries and learning centres, offers stimulating discussion and an excellent opportunity to share experiences.  If you are working with young people, students, small groups of library users or staff this course will help you develop your skills as a teacher and trainer.

If you had previously booked your applications are being held pending a date being agreed, when you will be contacted to check if you still wish to attend.

If you are interested in being on the list for this popular programme, which is only delivered face to face, please contact Carol on

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Forthcoming topics

The following courses are in the planning stages. To be put on a list to see further information as soon as they are released contact Carol on

Words that work – writing copy for results

Presenting your library

10 Tips for the Perfect Pitch

Creative facilitation

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