Inspiring Nottinghamshire staff shortlisted for prestigious national award

Staff at Inspire Culture, Learning and Libraries in Nottinghamshire have been shortlisted for a prestigious national award celebrating the achievements of library workers.
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The Libraries Connected Awards recognise individuals or teams that have had an exceptional impact on their library service, library users or their local communities.

Michelle Dunstan is nominated for I Am A Reader, a project that aims to inform and revitalise the way Inspire and the wider libraries and literature sector engage with readers.

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Ellie Booth, village hubs project worker, is nominated for her work on the Library Improvement Fund villages hub project to reimagine and reconfigure six smaller libraries to create village hubs at the heart of their communities.

The 'I Am A Reader' project aims to inform and revitalise the way Inspire and the wider libraries and literature sector engage with readersThe 'I Am A Reader' project aims to inform and revitalise the way Inspire and the wider libraries and literature sector engage with readers
The 'I Am A Reader' project aims to inform and revitalise the way Inspire and the wider libraries and literature sector engage with readers

The shortlisted nominations will now be considered by an expert panel of judges.

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Peter Gaw, chief executive officer of Inspire, which managers Nottinghamshire’s libraries, said: “I am delighted Michelle and Ellie have been recognised for their work on their respective projects. Both projects highlight the importance of reading and libraries to individuals and communities.

“I would also like to recognise the contribution of the wider teams in delivering these projects, well done.”

Ellie Booth, Village Hubs Project Worker, is nominated for her work on the Library Improvement Fund Villages Hub projectEllie Booth, Village Hubs Project Worker, is nominated for her work on the Library Improvement Fund Villages Hub project
Ellie Booth, Village Hubs Project Worker, is nominated for her work on the Library Improvement Fund Villages Hub project
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Isobel Hunter, chief executive of Libraries Connected, said: “Congratulations to everybody who made the shortlist this year in a very competitive field. The Libraries Connected Awards put the spotlight on some of the amazing staff that make the libraries sector so vibrant and inspiring.

“It’s so important that we recognise the incredible achievements of library workers who show such dedication, creativity and innovation every day.”