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Carnegie Library Labs Snapshot Report


In 2014 we reported on the Carnegie Library Labs project set up by the Carnegie UK Trust

This  is a three-year program(2014-2017) created by the Carnegie UK Trust to support and develop innovation and leadership in the public library sector. It supports participants through providing project funding, online learning, mentoring and networking opportunities.

The  Trust has just published  the final Snapshot of the first round of projects supported by this program:

  • Commons are Forever: a project to encourage members of the community to discover and use copyright-free works while educating them on copyright laws and their digital rights (Aude Charillon, Newcastle)
  • Digital Toyboxes: boxes of kit that are rotated among libraries and beyond like a mobile makerspace (David Hayden, Edinburgh)
  • Ideas Garage: a volunteer-led programming club (Claire Lewis, Monmouthshire)
  • Library After Dark Café: monthly creative writing workshops held outside the library opening times (Helen McMahon, South Dublin)
  • Rub-a-dub-hub: a virtual learning environment for parents of preschool children to boost literacy (Eileen Russell, Ballymena)
  • Library Bike: a branded bike to take to events and into the community to sign people up to the service and lend books and run story telling sessions (Anish Noble-Harrison, Swindon)
  • Datascape: an advocacy presentation that makes the best of existing statistical reports and case studies for Kirklees library service (Troy Mcintosh, Kirklees).

Some really great ideas are included in the Snaphot so take time to read them.