The Welcome To Your Library project has a National Policy Advisory Group.

Members

Current members are (alphabetical list by name):

Name
Position
Tony Durcan
Head of Libraries, Information and Lifelong Learning, Newcastle (Project Participant and representing Society of Chief Librarians)
Nina Dutton
Research Department, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE)
Berhanu Kassiyie
Strategy and Development Team, Praxis
Loan-Anh Nguyen
Team Manager - Southern Team, Refugee Action
Marcus Weisen
Policy Adviser, Inclusion & Communities, Museums Libraries & Archives Council (MLA)
Adrian Whittle
Head of Libraries and Culture, LB of Southwark (Project Participant and representing Society of Chief Librarians).

 

In our application to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for the Welcome To Your Library project, we proposed that the National Policy Advisory Group would comprise:

  • At least one national Refugee Community Organisation
  • Organisations in relevant sectors – eg education, housing, health 
  • Central government 
  • The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) 
  • The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) 
  • One of the library services participating in the project

From time to time, the London Libraries Development Agency may co-opt representatives on the basis of this composition. Selection would also take into knowledge and expertise of the library, information, refugee and other sectors and ability to support and benefit the Welcome To Your Library project.

Role of National Policy Advisory Group (NPAG)

  • Advocate the key role public libraries can play in supporting the needs of refugee communities and broker connections relevant to the Welcome To Your Library project (WTYL) project
  • Provide support and feedback to the WTYL project and to the WTYL Project Co-ordinator
  • Ensure the project and evidence from it is fully linked into wider library policy and development activity to bring the work into mainstream public library provision 
  • Ensure the project and evidence from it is fully linked into wider policy and development activity beyond the library sector as appropriate 
  • Act as a discussion forum and sounding board, providing knowledge and expertise to achieve maximum value from the work.

The NPAG does not have an executive decision-making role but can make recommendations. Reasonable out-of-pocket expenses are paid although members are not remunerated.

Responsibilities of National Policy Advisory Group

Members are expected to attend four meetings a year. It is expected that members will make themselves available on an informal basis in between meetings as required – to fulfil the functions of their role and to act as a sounding board for the Project Co-ordinator. If there is any conflict of interest, members should draw this to the attention of the Welcome To Your Library Project Co-ordinator.

 

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