Posted by: paultovell | December 4, 2009

What you share with the world is what it keeps of you

… nice sentiment for a Friday, courtesy of Noah and the Whale.  And today I’m sharing my experience of RDF (Reader Development Fund) bids.  Imagine having a massive pot of money available to help you stage whatever reading development event you can dream up, working with whoever you like, and drawing on all sorts of colleagues for help.  The only catch is that you’ve got to outline your intentions in a bid, and justify why you want the money.  It’s a bit like Dragon’s Den.  And it’s the way Staffordshire allocate funding to all Team Leaders (including me) every year.  Seems to me like a very sensible way of doing things.  So at my first District Team meeting, which takes place next Tuesday, I need to outline some of my preliminary ideas so we can thrash them around in our teams for a couple of months.  After all, it’s competitive and we’re against every other district and every colleague with another idea, in theory.  Apparently the trick is to not have too many ideas, or all of them might be successful bids and you might end up with a very busy year!  So – do I go with something relatively simple like organising an event for the National Year of Music (yes, that’s 2010, apparently), a promotional drive like promoting reading to train commuters (at least I’ve done that before), or how about developing links with our ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) communities in Burton?  Bringing in authors for a festival like Voices week, which could celebrate all sorts of cultures at once?  A poetry slam event, which I’ve always wanted to do?  The funding can go on absolutely anything, as long as it’s well-presented.

Needless to say, I’m finding it quite difficult at the moment to bring some of these ideas down to earth and encapsulate them in anything remotely like a bid outline.  But I suppose that doesn’t matter for now – ideas are the important thing.  So many things we could do – so little time!  Quite an exciting time of year, this. Oh, and the Christmas tree count in our library is currently two – the children’s team have yet to reveal their glamorous centrepiece for the season…

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