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Friday, 8th August 2014

UK: Income Generation for Public Libraries

Source: Locality (UK)

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The aim of the project was to support library service commissioners and providers to intensify or widen their area of operations in an enterprising way - without losing or compromising their ethos and core objectives. This guidance note builds upon earlier research about ‘Enabling Enterprise in Libraries’ which identified a range of opportunities as well as challenges perceived to be limiting income generation in a public library context.

A key finding emerging from the research was that there is considerable uncertainty about legal and technical issues relating to trading, charging and investment which is preventing further innovation in this regard.  There is, then, an identified need for better access to information about examples of income generation and routes to securing investment in library service enhancement.

Drawing on legal and investment expertise as well as contributions from library service commissioners and providers themselves, what follows seeks to provide a clear, concise guide to clarify how library services can practically develop and implement income generating activities to benefit library services. We hope that it proves useful in helping to stimulate debate, encourage innovation and overcome perceived barriers amongst library leaders and front-line staff.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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