M25 Strategy 2019-22 launched
“Connecting Libraries, Developing Staff”
The strategy has been written by the M25 Steering Group following consultation with members. The focus is on bringing staff from member libraries together and offering them opportunities to develop new skills and experience which will benefit them, their services and the Consortium in general.
In addition to existing services which members value such as cpd25, the annual conference and the Directors briefings; several new initiatives are planned. They will provide opportunities for staff at all stages of their careers to network, share experiences and work on joint projects with colleagues at other Consortium libraries. The expectation is that more informed and motivated staff will also bring benefits to their home institutions.
- Task and finish groups – two new groups on Diversity and Wellbeing are set to launch this autumn with further groups starting throughout the period of the strategy. The groups will follow the model which has proved so successful for cpd25 and consist of volunteers from member libraries working together and producing high quality outputs. The groups will review best practice across the Consortium (and further afield) with the aim of producing case studies by the end of the first year. We will shortly be putting out a call for volunteers to be members and chairs of these groups.
- Networking opportunities – the annual networking event tends to attract more senior members of library services, but the success of the SLA conference indicates there is an appetite for staff at all levels to get together and share experiences with their counterparts. Events will be scheduled through the year as part of the cpd25 offering.
- Communities of practice – in some instances an ongoing network for mutual support or collaboration may be of interest and this is currently being explored amongst the scholarly libraries within the Consortium.
Each of these new activities will be reviewed during the year to check they are on course and there will be regular feedback on progress to members. We would of course be pleased to receive further comments or suggestions from members on any aspect of the Consortium’s services to its members.