Vacancy: Freelance evaluator for New Words project

Posted 24 Apr 2019 by Ian Anstice in Latest Libraries News

New Words logoApplications close: Friday 10 May

Type: One-time project over 18 months

Payment: £3150 to include travel. This is to create an evaluation framework, design research tools, check mid-project, telephone interview working group members and artist and production of independent report.

Contact: Ian Anstice

What is Time To Read?

Time To Read (TTR) is a unique partnership of 22 Library Authorities in North West England, working together to promote reading since 2002. The region covers Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire, all of Greater Manchester and Greater Merseyside.

New Words

The project aims to bring together the region’s publishers and public libraries. To make this happen, TTR have gained Arts Council England funding for a package of meetings, events and book promotions. This includes the selection of ten books for reading groups, a suggested booklist and artist-produced library promotion as well as author events and promotional material. The project will last for eighteen months. The publishers included are Carcanet, Comma Press, Knives Forks and Spons, Saraband and Dead Ink.

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for a responsible professional evaluator to provide advice on how to evaluate the project, to interview and produce a final report. Responsibilities will include working closely with Time To Read and other members of the working group, which comprises of publishers and librarians, to ensure that all parts of the project are properly evaluated. This includes events, the work of the artist and the development of the working group members and libraries involved.

To succeed in this role, you should have excellent time management and communication skills.

Work is expected start in June.

Key points looked for

  • Professional qualifications

  • Experience in evaluations

  • Solid organizational skills, including multitasking and time-management

  • Strong client-facing and teamwork skills

  • Ability to work for relatively small amounts of time over a period of 18 months while remaining focused.

  • It would be desirable, although not essential, to have some experience of public libraries and/or publishing.


    Terms will be agreed between the artist and Time To Read.

    Selection Process

    All EoI will be considered by a panel made up of members from Time To Read.


    Please complete the expression of interest form and send to Ian Anstice by the end of Friday 10 May

    More information

    Expression of Interest Form

North West Libraries

Librarians in the North West have pioneered partnership working to encourage new readers into libraries. Time To Read is a partnership of librarians engaged in reader development activity in public library authorities in the North West Region. 22 public library authorities in the region currently support Time To Read.

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