Community Managed Libraries Forum says thank you to instrumental leader

Following a review of the library service more than five years ago, Dorset County Council established eight community managed libraries, as part of the libraries network. The community managed libraries, which are run by volunteers, were set up with resource input from the county council and designed to help more rural libraries to continue running.

David Smith from Wool community played an important lead role in the early discussions by representing the interests of the communities, particularly with regard to the resource input. His contribution has been instrumental in the successful set up and running of the libraries, particularly in Wool.

At a recent meeting of the Community Managed Libraries Forum, Cllr Deborah Croney, the County Council’s Cabinet member for Economy, Education, Skills and Learning was pleased to acknowledge the work David has done and thanked him for his involvement as he stepped down from the role.

David Smith front row seated. Cllr Deborah Croney standing far right. Sue Kerr, Fowl Chair, standing behind

Clr Croney said:

“David has given a significant commitment to the development of the community managed libraries in Dorset. The fact that there are eight libraries being successfully run by local communities five years on is partly due to the leadership, passion and constructive input from David, representing these communities. In addition, David has been keen to make sure that the knowledge and experience of this type of library in Dorset are shared with other groups nationally.”

David added:

“Dorset’s community managed library model has evolved over the past five years. It’s been a lot of hard work and a real learning-curve, but both the communities and the county council have got it right together.”

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