The M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries is a collaborative organisation that works to improve library and information services within the M25 region and more widely across the East and Southeast.
The M25 strategy Connecting libraries; developing staff places an emphasis on bringing staff from member libraries together and offering them opportunities to develop new skills and enhance their understanding of shared issues, experience which will benefit them, their services and the Consortium generally.
One initiative which is central to embedding the principles within the strategy is the creation of new task and finish groups. These will consist of staff from member libraries supported by a Steering Group sponsor. They will focus on an area of current interest, and by gathering information about experiences and approaches from across the diverse range of member libraries, will produce useful and relevant resources to inform decision making.
This Task and Finish Group is concerned with wellbeing. Under the umbrella of UUK and the Office for Students there are various projects under way to achieve a step-change for student wellbeing. The intention is that we will investigate these projects as well as library-specific initiatives and identify what more libraries might be able to do both individually and collectively to address student wellbeing for our diverse communities. We will also take this opportunity to look at the staff experience as it is assumed that student and staff wellbeing are equally important and invariably inter-linked.
This blog will be used to update on the work of the group and to share resources and ideas as we come across them. Material will also be published on the M25 website. Feel free to contact us for more information about the project.