Thursday, 18 April 2013
The University of Worcester has been shortlisted for another national award through the development of The Hive.
The University is in the running for the Times Higher Education’s Leadership and Management Awards 2013, in the category of Outstanding Library Team. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on June 20th.
In February, the University won the Guardian University Award for Contribution to the Local Community.
The Hive is a joint project between the University and Worcestershire County Council, bringing the library services of the two together under one roof, along with the Council’s archive and archaeology service and customer contact centre.
The £60m development is the first joint university and public library in the UK. In the first seven months of operation it has already attracted more than 500,000 visitors; book issues by the community have increased by 103%; and new members to the public library have increased by over 100%. It was officially opened by HM The Queen in July 2012.
Anne Hannaford, Director of Information and Learning Services at the University, said: “Our vision for The Hive has always been to create an inspiring space, which people enjoy visiting for many reasons: to study and learn; to find new and exciting books and historic objects; to find out information; and to get support and advice. Some people just enjoy sitting and reading, looking out across the wonderful views.”
She added: “We have worked alongside our partners at Worcestershire County Council to make this close connection between the University and the community.
“The University of Worcester library team have developed a new model of shared services; re-interpreting access to learning in its most inclusive sense, and have created an outstanding example of the transformational benefit that a university can bring to society.”