Income Generation and Fundraising Workshop date announced

The network is hosting an Income Generation and Fundraising Workshop on Wednesday 2nd May at Upper Norwood Library Hub in London. This FREE face to face workshop will be delivered by Mick McGrath, Development Officer at Locality and will cover the following:

  • Sources of funding;
  • How to present your application;
  • How to set your budget;
  • Sweating your assets, good practice but also ideas for how to;
  • Different types of funding e.g. restricted, unrestricted, bridge funding, grants, commissioning as well as public sector, lottery, trusts and foundations, corporate giving, sponsorships;
  • Key stages in the application process e.g. preparation, application, receipt of funds, project delivery, reporting.

You can bring along a grant/fundraising application you are planning or working on. More information and booking here. And don’t forget, details of all our upcoming learning events can be found on our Events page.


Online Centres Network

Does your library empower and enable at least 3 people per month to improve their digital skills, employability, and/or health and wellbeing? If so then you may want to check out The Online Centres Network. Their mission is to ensure that everyone can benefit from digital, and they are looking for organisations who want to join their movement to improve skills and confidence and help people thrive in a digital world. If your library can provide a welcoming space for your community members, a supportive learning experience and/or access to the internet for your learners then Online Centres Network are asking for you to join them.

They offer free membership to their network and can support community managed libraries in a number of ways including access to a dedicated Network Specialist, access to their free online platform, networking and collaboration events and training opportunities. You can find out more here


Have you completed the Community Managed Libraries Survey yet?

The Community Managed Libraries Peer Network includes libraries from the full spectrum of CMLs, from independently funded libraries to those who receive local authority support. The peer network offers its members networking, information sharing and shared learning opportunities. It is the voice for CMLs nationally when talking to government, policy makers and funders.

We carried out our first survey in April 2017 to identify what CMLs want from a national peer network. Feedback we received revealed shared interests and goals and demonstrated the importance of having access to advice and support. We have since implemented webinar based and face to face learning events, a dedicated blog site, newsletter and networking sessions for CMLs.

We want to build on this initial feedback and hear your ideas for developing and sustaining the network, growing its membership and capturing examples of good practice to share with others.

This short survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Even if you are not currently a member of the CML peer libraries network, this survey is still relevant to you and we would like to hear to hear your views. Click here to begin the survey.


One week to Conference!

We’re very excited about our first Community Managed Libraries National Conference next week. We have a great selection of speakers, workshops, surgeries and table discussions packed into the day and we can’t wait to meet everyone. Whether you are able to attend on the day or not you will be able to access all the conference resources on the Resources page of our blog shortly after the event plus we will be tweeting on the day via the @CommunityLibs Twitter account.