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Friday, 15th January 2016

UK: Libraries Shaping the Future: Good Practice Toolkit

Source: Department for Culture, Media & Sport via GOV.UK

From the Introduction:

There are over 3000 public libraries in England which are trusted spaces, free to enter and open to all. There are more than 225 million visits per year to libraries and 98 million visits to library websites.

Libraries are trusted spaces, free to enter and open to all. In them, people explore and share reading, information, knowledge and culture. We know that people value the range of books, digital and other resources as well as the trained staff who help them.

Public libraries in England are a statutory service under the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964. Guidance produced by Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Sue Charteris provides more information on the legislative framework and points to consider if you are reviewing your library service as well as learning from previous case reviews and inquiries.

The purpose of this toolkit is to:

show how libraries as a statutory service and a core part of community hubs, contribute to local and national priorities

share good practice

provide information on alternative governance models

introduce ideas on smarter ways of working

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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.

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