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Title: Inspire England: Inspiring learners through libraries

Inspire England Inspiring learners through
What is Inspire?
  • Inspire is a national programme that seeks to
    support learning at all levels by providing easy
    access to all libraries regardless of sector or
    of geography

All Libraries ?
  • Inspire is funded to work with public, academic
    and national libraries but is keen to involve
    libraries from any other sector as their
    inclusion will strengthen and enrich the offer to

Inspire England
  • What is Inspire trying to achieve?
  • Inspire context why Inspire and why now?
  • Inspire background
  • Achieving our aims
  • Inspire Kitemark
  • Benefits of joining Inspire

What are we trying to achieve?
  • Create a cross-sectoral access route to
    information and knowledge for learners
  • Link 860 HE, 4624 public and 3 national
  • Build on the current network of successful access
    partnerships to create a single pathway
    irrespective of geography and sector
  • Reach non-users and those currently excluded from
    access to learning opportunities
  • Widen horizons for learners and libraries

Widening Participation
Raising learner aspirations
LIS workforce development
DCMS Framework for the Future
BL regional programme
Inspire England
Young participation in Higher Education
Routes to Knowledge
Aimhigher Partnerships for Progression
Social Inclusion
Resource sharing in the Knowledge Economy
Inspire context overview
  • Lifelong Learning, Widening Participation and
    Social Inclusion shared focus
  • Framework for the Future Action Plan 2003-06
  • WILIP / Routes to Knowledge
  • People Flows restoring the balance
  • Widening Participation ? Aimhigher
  • British Library Reaching the Regions
  • Empowering the Learning Community

Empowering the Learning Community LIC 2000
  • Public and educational libraries in any community
    or region should draw up access maps to enable
    users and learners to reach resources or
    assistance in other libraries on a managed basis
  • Training of librarians, resource managers and
    teachers should be coordinated and should include
    ways of developing mutual support
  • Public and educational libraries in communities
    or defined geographic areas should establish
    co-operative arrangements to improve services to
    their users

Framework for the Future DCMS 2003
  • Strategic vision for 2013
  • Any member of a public library can also access
    materials held in HE and FE libraries
  • Anyone seeking opportunities for learning and
    training can be guided to a course through a
    public library
  • F4F Action Plan (revised)
  • improve access to resources in academic and
    public libraries 70k over 2004/5 and 2005/6 for
    Inspire x 9 regions
  • MLA in partnership with SCL and CILIP
    implementing action plan

Aimhigher Partnerships for Progression
  • Joint initiative of HEFCE and LSC
  • Direct link to governments target of 50
    widening HE participation by 2010
  • Encourage more and better-prepared students to
    stay in education post 16
  • Raise attainment and participation among young
    people under-represented in HE
  • Build on and encompass regional partnerships

Inspire Partners and Steering Group
  • The British Library (BL)
  • CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and
    Information Professionals)
  • Learning and Skills Council (national Widening
    Participation programme)
  • MLA Council and regional MLACs
  • Society of Chief Librarians (SCL)
  • Inspire Directors
  • Mary Heaney (SCONUL University of
  • Andrew Green (SCL Coventry City Council)

Inspire supporters
  • Committee on Library Co-operation in Ireland
  • National Library of Scotland (NLS)
  • National Library of Wales (NLW)

What are we building upon?
  • Experience gained from national and regional
    consortia many cross sectoral and some cross
    domain http//
  • LLiL Inspires inspiration
  • Inspires demonstrator projects in the North West
    and West Midland regions

Key lessons from LLiL and pilots
  • Participating libraries will have concerns that
    need to be addressed
  • Timescale it will take longer than you think
  • Need for an operational group to support
    development in each region or sub-region
  • Importance of involving staff at an early stage
  • Need for a marketing/awareness raising strategy
    both for providers of the service and for
    potential users

Building on experience concerns
  • That there would be overwhelming demand for scant
  • Loss of income from external borrower schemes
  • Security worries
  • Extra demands on staff
  • Unrealistic expectations amongst users

Building on experience solutions
  • You will not be overwhelmed
  • Borrower schemes can remain and there are
    alternative options
  • Visiting users unlikely to create problems
  • Important to involve staff from an early stage
  • Briefing sessions to include all staff, including
    security, teaching and others as appropriate
  • Training package
  • Expectations managed via website and referral

How will Inspire achieve its aims?
  • Make it as easy as possible for libraries to sign
    up to Inspire kitemark criteria
  • Request minimum access - to hard copy materials
    for reference purposes only
  • Enable libraries to set their own access
  • Provide support for participating libraries in
    three key areas
  • Training and awareness raising
  • Publicity and marketing for staff and users
  • Inspire collections and access gateway - a
    resource discovery tool that makes it all possible

Achieving our aims - the Inspire Framework
  • Provision of a set of kitemark criteria in order
    to create a coherent national offer
  • Enrolling all public and HE libraries in England
    to these criteria and to expand this group to
    include libraries from other sectors
  • Managed referral between all libraries
  • Support registering libraries by providing
  • an easy to use online resource discovery tool
  • publicity materials for all participating
  • a training toolkit for all staff involved

Inspire kitemark criteria
  • The kitemark criteria create a coherent national
    offer for learners and libraries alike
  • The criteria have been endorsed by
  • British Library
  • MLA Council
  • SCL

Inspire Kitemark criteria
  • Libraries agree to the following
  • To accept managed referrals
  • As a minimum, to give referred visitors reference
    access to hard copy materials
  • To provide collection mapping information for
    Inspire web site
  • To publicise Inspire throughout their library
    service and to the wider community
  • To collect information to monitor the impact/
    usage of Inspire

Inspire Kitemark criteria
  • Libraries to ensure that
  • An appropriate member of staff is nominated as
    Inspire key contact or activist
  • Designated staff receive in-depth training
    (supported by Inspire) and cascade information
    about the scheme to other staff
  • All staff are briefed on Inspire scheme
  • Inspire is included in induction and on-going
    training programmes

Benefits for users and potential users
  • Opening up access to libraries previously
    unavailable to them
  • Creation of a national service so the
    recognisable minimum standard of access will
    apply everywhere
  • Enhancing the knowledge and skills of library
    staff to
  • Direct people to the resources they need
  • Provide whatever form of referral is needed
  • Provision of a user-friendly online gateway to
  • Where subject specific resources can be found
  • Access details such as location, opening hours

Benefits for libraries and library staff
  • The creation of the website/portal showing local
    and national collection strengths will support
    resource discovery for staff and users
  • Provision of publicity materials which can be
    tailored to local needs will be designed by
    Inspire and made available
  • Participation will help libraries and their
    parent organisations to achieve government
    targets and raise their profile with the public

Benefits Enhancing staff development
  • Awareness raising for all staff, including
    security, teaching and others as appropriate
  • A national briefing/training programme will be
    developed which will enhance staff skills and
    contribute to CPD. CILIP approved status will
    be sought for this training
  • Development of co-operative training, locally and
    within the regions will be encouraged
  • Staff will be able to provide an improved
  • to core users

Useful websites
  • Inspire
  • http//
  • LLiL Libraries and Learners in London
  • http//
  • AddLib Cumbria
  • http//
  • SYALL South Yorkshire Access to Libraries
  • http//
  • Milton Keynes Learning City Libraries Network
  • http//

Inspire England - contact
  • Sally Curry
  • National Partnerships Manager
  • T 0191 222 8655
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