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"Midlothian Libraries scoops top national award" | 15 May 2014

Congratulations to Network member Midlothian!

"Midlothian Libraries has struck gold and scooped a prestigious national award from the Bookseller Industry Awards. The council-run library service won ‘Library of the Year’ in the coveted awards, which were announced in London on Monday 12 May.

Seeing off some strong competition from one of the largest public libraries in the world, the Library of Birmingham. Midlothian picked up Library of the Year for its strong children’s service and “hugely impressive” programme of events."

Taken from Midlothian press release.

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Work of the Arts Council (England) | 13 January 2014

"The Culture, Media and Sport Committee is today [10 Jan] announcing a short inquiry into the work of Arts Council England.

Arts Council England supports a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries - from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.  They have stated that, between 2011 and 2015, they will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery to help foster the arts “for as many people as possible across the country”.

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has decided to conduct a general investigation into the work of Arts Council England, including its scope, scale and remit.  We wish to examine the economic and artistic criteria that underpin funding decisions.  Furthermore, we seek views on whether the geographical distribution of funding is fair and the justification for the current weighting of this towards London."

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Trevor Huddleston memorial concert | 11 June 2013

Trevor Huddleston memorial concert, St. Mary's Cathedral, Great Western Road, Glasgow. Recital by James Slimings (tenor). In aid of Kronendal Music Academy of Hout Bay, Cape Town (Patron Denis Goldberg) Admission £10/£5 concessions, at the door. Enquiries to ACTSA Scotland.

Posted in: Administrations | International | Event categories | Other organisation's event | News

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Southend's Stars Awards 2011 | 25 October 2011

Congratulations to Southend Libraries' Simon Wallace on winning the Community Cohesion Award as a Southend Star!

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Nominations for Jodi Awards 2011 now open | 22 June 2011

Have you been working on a project which uses digital media to widen access to information, collections and learning for disabled people? If so, we would like to hear about your project.

Nominations for the Jodi Awards are now open (until 21 September).

The Jodi Awards celebrate practice that inspires locally, nationally or internationally. They are for museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage venues which use digital technology to provide a shared experience for disabled people.

The UK Jodi Awards 2011 will be given on 1 December at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, Wales. A seminar about digital inclusion for disabled people will be held during the day.

The International Jodi Awards 2011 will be given on 8 December at the International DISH 2011(Digital Strategies for Heritage) Conference in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

More information about the Jodi Awards and new content about cultural rights policy on the Jodi Mattes Trust website.

Posted in: Administrations | International | United Kingdom | Disability - general | Disability - learning disabilities | Disability - visual impairment | News

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Jodi Awards 2010 | 2 December 2010

The winners and commended pieces of work were announced yesterday.

Winner Digital Access Online: Historic Royal Palaces, British Sign Language visitor information

Winner Digital Access for People with a Learning Disability: British Dental Association Museum,a Medicine at the Movies project

Commendation for Digital Access for People with a Learning Disability: Inclusive Communication Essex

Commendation for Digital Access onsite: Medicine at the Movies, a partnership of six museums, including the Thackray Museum, the British Dental Association Museum and the George Marshall Medical Museum.

Full details are on the Jodi Awards website.

Posted in: News | Disability - visual impairment | Disability - learning disabilities | Disability - general | United Kingdom | Administrations

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"Bringing tailored learning direct to your team" | 28 September 2010

Creating Capacity are now offering their training as in-house packages.

The Network is involved in delivering some of these ...

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ICAR Fundraising Appeal | 9 June 2010

Many of you will have used ICAR to gather info for your work with refugees and asylum-seekers. Sadly, "our host institution, City University, is having to make savings due to central government cuts across the Higher Education sector and has formally announced that it can no longer support ICAR. We will be leaving the University on July 7th 2010."

There is more info about this, and also an appeal for funding on the ICAR website.

Posted in: Administrations | United Kingdom | News | Migration - new arrivals, including refugees, asylum-seekers, migrant workers

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Exiled Writers Ink Forum Page | 31 January 2010

EWI have set up their first Forum Page.

They say: "Send us your Poems and Stories about the disaster in Haiti.Then read the poems and stories and feedback on them.

In light of the recent disaster in Haiti, can poetry uplift people when they are in such extreme pain for, example in grief? Do you have any personal first-hand experience of this?"

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"Haiti " Then and Now" | 28 January 2010

Patrick Boucard, a Haitian artist living in Bath, will give a talk about Haiti at the Pierian Centre, 26 Portland Square, St. Pauls, Bristol BS2 8SA on Wednesday 3rd February 2010 at 7:30 pm.

Further info about the Jacmel Relief Fund available online.

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