On 8th November 2016 a learning and showcase event for public library staff was held in Manchester Central Library. The aim of the event was to bring to build on the success of the previous Cracking the Code event in Clapham Library on 1st March 2016 and to extend opportunities to develop digital making activities to libraries located in the North of England. The specific aims were to: help library staff learn more about digital making; give library staff information about potential partners in digital making in libraries, especially local partners located in the North of England, and; give library staff more confidence in approaching partners to set up digital making activities.


It was intended to be a practical, hands-on event to stimulate digital making activities in libraries across the country rather than a theoretical or strategic learning activity. The event was funded by Arts Council England and organised by the Society of Chief Librarians, with support from Denise Jones at Liverpool Libraries.


Evaluation of Cracking the Code 2 Manchester (1)


Feedback from Charlotte Self, Digital Engagement Librarian

I attended the excellent first Cracking the Code in London in March 2016, so I was over the moon to be invited to run a workshop for the second one in Manchester. I’ve been working on digital engagement at Leeds Library and Information Service for a couple of years, and events like this are brilliant because they bring the library digital making community together to share and learn from each other.

I thought the atmosphere at Manchester Central Library was amazing! Delegates were excitedly talking to each other about new ideas they would take back to their services, and furiously jotting down contact details to follow up on. Cracking the Code was a fantastic opportunity for me to share the work we’re doing in Leeds, learn new skills and make connections with library services and potential new partners.

Charlotte Self
Digital Engagement Librarian
Leeds Library and Information Service
Leeds City Council