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And the winners for CILIP’s 2020 Building Bridges Grants programme are...

02 March 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rabeea Arif
And the winners for CILIP’s 2020 Building Bridges Grants programme are...

Tech Ilford at Redbridge Central Library © Ashton John

A total of 10 public libraries from all over England applied to be considered for the Building Bridges grants programme under the Working Internationally for Libraries project, funded by Arts Council England. The four winners have been selected by a jury consisting of members from Arts Council England, Public Libraries 2030, and CILIP’s International Libraries and Information Professionals group.

The winning libraries are:

1. Redbridge Central Library
2. Oldham Libraries
3. Barnet Libraries
4. Oxfordshire County Libraries

The winning projects will build links with libraries in India, Germany, Denmark, Lithuania, and Croatia. Projects include collaborative children’s makerspaces, a new residents toolkit for migrant communities, a study into self-service public access to libraries, and a virtual storytelling project.

The projects were selected based on the quality of proposal, focus on innovation, potential benefits to the library services, their respective communities, and the larger sector, and the ambition to learn and grow by building international connections.

The winning libraries will receive between £7,000 and £20,000 each to work on their proposed time-limited projects and the outcomes will be shared at the Working Internationally for Libraries conference in December 2020 at the British Library.

CILIP is grateful to all the public library services who applied to our first grants programme for international collaboration in public libraries. We have compiled an additional directory of Funding Sources for International Work in Libraries that can be useful for libraries looking to collaborate internationally.

For more information on the Working Internationally for Libraries project and the upcoming activities, visit www.cilip.org.uk/workinginternationally.

Header image: Tech Ilford at Redbridge Central Library © Ashton John


Published: 2 March 2020


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