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While a library service might seem straightforward at first glance you will need to carefully think through what a library typically can offer and what your organisation is seeking to deliver. A clear understanding of what level and type of service you hope to offer will be essential in identifying the support and resources you require to make your ideas become a reality. Will the service be staffed or totally dependent on volunteers? Will you focus on a book based service or some other format of resources? Are you aiming to only provide ‘library’ services or are there other services that could be delivered from the building that might also help advance your aims?
You will also need to think through which elements of the service you may need the current library authority to deliver. Will it assist with stock selection and supply? What existing Information Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure might be made available to your organisation? Will the library authority be willing to offer general advice or more specialist librarian support and resources?
More information on developing and managing services is provided later in the guide.
- Has the purpose of the transfer been led by, and involved, local people?
- Are people prepared for the long period of time that some asset transfer projects need?
Has a realistic provisional timescale for transfer been set?
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- 1. Action Planning Tool Overview
- 2. Understanding Library Transfer
- i. What is Asset Transfer?
- ii. Assets or liabilities?
- iii. Legal Considerations for Library Transfer
- iv. When is asset transfer suitable?
- v. Benefits of Asset Transfer
- vi. Negotiating Asset Transfer
- 3. Planning for Library Transfer - Getting Started
- i. The Case for Community Managed Libaries
- ii. Defining Purpose
- iii. Service Design
- iv. Community Involvement
- v. Organisational Structures
- vi. Organisational Development
- vii. Skills and Experience
- viii. Assessing Assets, Avoiding Liabilities
- ix. Feasibility Studies
- x. Strategic Fit
- xi. Partnership Building
- xii. Demonstrating your achivements
- 4. Making a Convincing Case and Securing Investment
- i. Demonstrating Community Need
- ii. Business planning
- iii. Project Costs and Income
- iv. Securing Finance
- v. Campaigning and lobbying
- 5. Asset Ownership & Management Agreements
- i. Asset Transfer Legal Toolkit
- ii. Insurance and Tax Issues for Asset Transfers
- iii. Ownership and Management Agreements
- 6. Property Development
- i. The Development Process
- ii. Property Design
- iii. Pre-Construction
- iv. Construction and Management
- v. Appointing and Managing professionals
- 7. Premises Management
- i. Financial management
- ii. Facilities Management
- iii. Health and Safety
- iv. Security
- 8. Developing and Diversifying Library Services
- i. Public versus an Independent Library Service
- ii. Linking Services to Social Purpose
- iii. Community Library Services
- iv. Diversifying Services in Community Libraries
- v. Monitoring Services and Demonstrating Impact
- vi. Equality and Diversity Considerations
- 9. Managing Services
- i. General Responsibilities for Running Community Services
- ii. Policies for Community Managed Libraries
- iii. Management Systems and Information
- iv. Customer Service and Relationship Management
- v. Managing People
- vi. Sourcing and Maintaining Stock
- vii. Managing Finances
- viii. Marketing Your Library
- ix. Measuring Impact and Quality
- x. Accountability and Reporting to stakeholders
- 10. Supporting Library Transfer
- i. Supporting sustainable library transfer