Funding boost for libraries

Date Released - 24/04/2017

TAMESIDE’S libraries are to benefit from a £250,000 boost. The money, given by the Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation Fund, will be shared among the 10 local authorities making up Greater Manchester.

Arts Council England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have provided the grant through the Big Ideas Generators project which supports innovation and enterprise in libraries.

It will lead to a unique customer service delivered by a team working across the region, and will pay for personalised one-to-one business information surgeries, “how-to” sessions, workshops and informal networking opportunities, as well as specialist skills training.

Participants will be given information and digital support, and there will be an emphasis on reaching women and black and minority ethnic groups.

Tameside Libraries will host around three one-on-one sessions a month as well as small workshops and specialist events. To assist with this work it will be getting a 3D printer, a smart TV set, and five Arduino/Raspberry Pi kits for coding and Internet of Things workshops.

Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council’s executive member for libraries, said: “Tameside, like the rest of Greater Manchester, is full of people with innovative and creative ideas. Thanks to the Big Ideas Generators project, our libraries will be able to help people get the skills they need to turn them into reality.”


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