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The value of the frame

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Phil Swann, Si Managing Director writes It was a great idea. The drawing tutor suggested that I should begin by drawing a frame on the ...

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Digital leadership skills

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Now, more than ever, libraries offer something unique in an increasingly digital world: a 'safe' community space where children and adults can learn about ...

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Are you talking to me?

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According to Albert Einstein, the definition of insanity is "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Along the same ...

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Macmillan – World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

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The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is our client Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event of the year. Macmillan asks people across the UK to hold a coffee morning and make donations to the charity. This year’s coffee morning was on 27 September and Si was delighted to take part again.

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Demonstrating increased social impact is the biggest challenge libraries will face

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Image: Library Lab at Willesden Green Library, London, by Lynton Pepper at We Own Cameras Today Arts Council England published the final reports from our work on Envisioning the library of the future which we carried out with Ipsos MORI last year. Our work sought to understand the challenges libraries will face over the coming decade. There are many, but the one which stands out is that many of our public libraries are struggling to articulate their social objectives (although a few do it brilliantly). We see this as a serious risk for them today, and believe it will become an even bigger one in the coming years. The role, ...

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