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Library Services: Alternative Delivery Model Masterclass (York)

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York Explore Library Learning Centre

Museum Street, York YO1 7DS

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Libraries have huge potential to deliver improved outcomes in local communities. They support people’s desire to learn and achieve; enable them to engage with a digital world; provide practical support and guidance at key points when people need help; and foster cohesion amongst diverse communities.

As councils across England handle increasing pressures and competing priorities, they need to look at different ways to help sustain and support library services in the future. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is funding two free masterclasses, which will offer dedicated support for councils to think strategically about alternative delivery model options for their libraries.

Doing this successfully will involve a wide range of people, including: heads of library services, elected members, transformation officers and other interested parties. These free masterclasses are designed to bring together these different perspectives and it is recommended that councils identify a group of relevant people to attend.

These free events will focus on the practicalities of establishing public service mutuals and other alternative delivery models for library services, bringing together specialists expertise and the real-life experiences of trailblazing library services. They will cover a range of areas, including:

  • Why consider an alternative delivery model for library services?
  • What alternative delivery model options are available?
  • What are the benefits, risks and challenges associated with each of these models?
  • How do you create an alternative delivery model for a library service?
  • What lessons can we learn from library services that have already established as alternative delivery models?

You will learn from, and be able to speak to:

  • Fiona Williams, Chief Executive, Explore York Libraries and Archives
  • Ciara Eastell OBE, Chief Executive, Libraries Unlimited
  • Peter Gaw, Chief Executive, Inspire Culture, Learning and Libraries
  • Alison Wheeler, Chief Executive, Suffolk Libraries IPS
  • Stephen Taylor, Development Manager for Libraries, Information and Culture, Suffolk County Council
  • Oliver Cappleman, Founding Director, Mutual Ventures

This event is now fully booked. If you would like to join the waiting list please email alissa@mutualventures.co.uk

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