Carnegie Library Lab Information
A programme created by the Carnegie UK Trust
To support and develop innovation and leadership in the public library sector.
Applications for the second and final round of Library Lab ran November 2015-January 2016 and we are delighted to announce our second cohort of Carnegie Partners that can be seen on this page.
Carnegie Library Lab offers participants:
- Project funding: £5000-£15,000 to help develop and implement innovative projects in your public library or library service.
- Online learning programme: An online modular programme to support your skills development. Facilitated by an experienced a learning guide, topics covered include innovation, leadership, managing change and transition, and power and hierarchy.
- Mentoring: You will have a personal mentor to assist with project management and personal development.
- A network: There will be communication and networking opportunities for participants via online platforms and a small number of face-to-face meetings. We aim to foster the development of a cohort of innovators that can share ideas and inspire one another.
- Evaluation: An external evaluation of the projects to help participants to identify successes, challenges and how to take their work forward; and to enable the Trust to share learning and experience from supported projects with policy makers, practitioners and funders.
We hope that Carnegie Partners will be onward champions for libraries, leadership, innovation and share their learning more widely. You can read about our current Partners’ experiences and our independent evaluator’s thoughts on our blog and on Public Library News and Taskforce blogs. You can also read more about how our current Partners are getting on here.
Joanne Cousins - Adopt a Book
“Adopt a Book”, a British-Library inspired project to enable the community to preserve the library collection for present and future generations. The project exemplifies libraries’ role in promoting learning and providing cultural resources.
By Joanne Cousins, Senior Supervisor of Resources, Exeter Library,
Harriet Hopkins - Art In–formation
“Art In–formation” – short courses in creative subjects such as film making, photography, life drawing, graphic design to disadvantaged young people. The project will be delivered in partnership with a local youth centre to help improve these young people’s health and wellbeing and expand their skills base. The project draws on libraries’ role as a safe space for all and commitment to learning and content creation
By Harriet Hopkins, Manager, Pyle Library.
Naomi Kenny - History in Action
History in Action on the Screen where greenscreen technology will be offered in a library setting to enable young people and volunteer community groups to film short locally relevant historical pieces. The project illustrates libraries’ role as cultural centres for communities.
By Naomi Kenny, Librarian, Bonnybridge Library.
Caroline Mackie - Skills training in IT & coding
Skills training in IT & coding in partnership with Kings College for people in Coldharbour, one of the most deprived districts in London. Those most in need of employment skills will benefit. The project plays to libraries’ strengths in facilitating learning and being open to all, whilst the innovative partnership will provide broader learning for the library world.
By Caroline Mackie, Library Manager, Herne Hill Library.
Natassia Reilly - A sense of place
“A sense of place”. As a result of Northern Ireland experiencing huge cultural changes post-conflict, this project will bring together people from different backgrounds in both Dungiven and Limavady towns to look at how their different heritage has shaped who they are and how technologies are helping them to share their heritage. The project supports the roles libraries play for the community, preserving heritage, and as a safe space for all.
By Natassia Reilly, Branch Manager Dungiven, and Limavady Libraries.
Frances Tout - Cook2Learn
Cook2Learn across libraries in North Somerset. These are cooking workshops that also promote numeracy and literacy. Cook2Learn promotes libraries as safe, community spaces and centres for learning.
By Frances Tout, Community Librarian, North Somerset Libraries.