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Digital skills for libraries – Creating & delivering digital content

It has become more apparent than ever that library services play a pivotal role in the lives of their communities. With many library services and buildings being a space where people can connect and learn with others, the effects of localised and national lockdowns have caused a number of library service users to experience feelings of isolation and loneliness.

In this ‘Digital skills for libraries’ webinar series, the Digital Culture Network will look at key tools and strategies to support library organisations who have taken some of their services online and are engaging with their communities digitally whilst their buildings are closed, or access is restricted.

Our first session looks at ‘Creating and delivering digital content’, where we will explore how libraries can produce their own digital work to engage with communities and host their own online events.


How to easily create and edit content on mobiles

Dean Shaw, Digital Content Tech Champion, will demonstrate how the best camera you have is the one in your pocket! From shooting and editing video on a smartphone to examples of how you can make your content not only stand out from the crowd but be loved and shared. Including simple tips and tricks that will instantly improve your videos and signposting to easy to follow online tutorials and free software that will enable you to create content that reaches and connects with your audiences.

The session will cover:

  • 3 things you really need and 3 you don’t need when making video content
  • Free apps that will improve your video workflow and enable a better experience
  • Examples of how the most successful YouTube channels structure their videos to keep their audience engaged


Tips for hosting and facilitating digital events

James Akers, Data Analytics and Insight Tech Champion, will explore the ins and outs of a number of different platforms and practical considerations for a successful online event. From Zoom to Teams, YouTube to Instagram, James will cover some of the platforms that are available, their pros and cons and the available features. Along with top-tips, James will also signpost helpful how-tos, resources and guides for using the platforms.

The session will cover:

  • The challenges (and possible solutions to them) of online delivery
  • Online platforms and functionality
  • Technical considerations

You’ll have the chance to ask our team any questions you have on digital content creation and learn from a fellow library organisation on their own digital content creation journey.

What level is it?

Beginners – this session is an introduction to digital content, aimed at Library staff who would like to know how to create and distribute content.

Can I book a place?

This webinar is aimed at those who work in or with Library organisations, whilst other sector organisations are welcome to attend please be advised that all content presented will be in context to the Libraries sector.

This webinar is presented as part of a funded programme for arts and cultural organisations. Free places are available for anyone who works with or for a publicly funded arts and cultural organisation and for those currently in receipt of or usually eligible for Arts Council funding.

We would be very pleased to book a BSL interpreter upon request so please get in touch or request the booking at registration. We ask you give a minimum of 10 days notice where possible.

Can I ask questions?

Yes and we actively encourage it to shape the content. You can ask in advance on Twitter using the hashtag #DigitalCultureNetwork or message @ace_dcn. Alternatively, you can add your questions as part of the sign-up process.

You can also ask questions on the day using the live stream chat facility.

Can I receive 1-2-1 support?

The Digital Culture Network is part of a funded programme for arts and cultural organisations. We have a team of 9 Tech Champions across the country, who can provide free 1-2-1 support in a range of areas including digital strategy development, websites, social media, data analytics, digital content creation, SEO and paid marketing, CRM, box office and ticketing systems and email marketing. This support is available for those currently funded by or usually eligible for Arts Council England funding. You can indicate whether you would like to be contacted by a Tech Champion as part of the sign-up process.

Please get in touch if you have any questions about your eligibility.


Please email us on or for more information about the Digital Culture Network and to request free one-to-one support from a Tech Champion visit our Ask a Tech Champion page or find us on Twitter @ace_dcn.


When you register for an event, please refer to Arts Council’s privacy notice to see how we use your personal data.

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