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Digital Leadership Skills programme for libraries

The core of our Digital Leadership Skills programme for libraries is a 3-day course designed in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL). The content was inspired by our 2014 research for SCL into the digital and leadership skills needs of public library services. Working with Ethan Ohs, bringing expertise in leadership programme design, we co-designed and piloted course with seventeen library professionals. Everyone who took part wanted to learn more about the role of digital technology in library services, but the cohort included people at different stages in their careers, and with different levels of digital knowledge from digital novices to self-confessed geeks. Participants reported that their leadership ...

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Digital leadership skills for libraries

Shared Intelligence’s horizon-scanning and skills research on digital leadership skills for the Society of Chief Librarians engaged more than 200 existing heads of libraries and future library leaders. The study looked at the digital trends affecting the library sector, and the skills library service managers will need in order to respond to the future challenges and opportunities. To establish what digital trends will affect libraries over the next five to ten years, we carried out an intensive horizon-scanning exercise, which included a literature review, social media analysis, and a survey of library heads of services’ views on key future trends. We also carried out a skills audit of current heads ...

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Ipswich culture: economic impact model and vision

Ipswich is home to a uniquely high concentration of major arts organisations (including six of Arts Council England’s national portfolio organisations) but the council and their partners recognise they “just don’t shout about it enough”. This piece of work was to help the town’s cultural partners develop a better understanding of the contribution of arts organisations to the visitor economy in particular, and begin a strategic conversation about how that could be maximised through leadership and investment. Commissioned by Ipswich Borough Council we developed a bespoke economic impact model. The model was designed jointly with stakeholders in a collaborative process. The model aimed to triangulate regional business economy and tourism ...

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What the public want from libraries

This large scale study of public attitudes in relation to libraries was commissioned by the Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) in 2010 and was carried out jointly with the Social Research Institute at Ipsos MORI. Over a period of six months we and Ipsos MORI undertook one of the largest ever studies of public attitudes to England’s public libraries, from those who use their library frequently, to those who do so rarely or never at all. Following a review of existing data and evidence on public attitudes to libraries we and Ipsos MORI then held focus groups in every part of the country and a national opinion survey of ...

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