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1 Building Links with the Community The Public Library perspective Learning Forum, Weston College, 27 th June 2012

2 What is the community?  Duty to provide a comprehensive and efficient service to all who live, work or study in the area that wish to use it  Everyone and Everything!

3 What links may exist?  Many! Schools Other education providers (e.g. FE,HE,Independent) Reading Groups Health sector Other Local and Central Gov’t departments Third Sector Etc, etc

4 Opportunities for FE Colleges (1)  Public Libraries will often:- Promote FE courses  Prospectuses, displays, etc Provide premises for courses  Maybe free or charged  Offering alternative to formal setting  Opportunity to get closer to the public

5 Opportunities for FE Colleges (2)  Run joint courses E.g. During Adult Learners Week  Broaden access for students to public library facilities and resources  cyberLibrary cyberLibrary  Links to catalogues and websitescatalogues  Author events  Special collections

6 Opportunities for FE Colleges (3)  Support reading development E books and audio books Reading Group support Six Book Challenge Man Booker / Orange Prize SW Reading Passport

7  A project to encourage reading Book reviews Booklists Blog Competition

8 What ideas for future?  Closer links between FE and Public Libraries Establish contact networks Better understanding of resources available Improved access to resources Shared staff expertise Shared staff training Improved promotion of services and resources

9 Ideas for the Future?  Your thoughts?  ?

10 Building Links with the Community Thank You Lynn Osborne


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