Last month the DCMS published a policy statement on The Modernisation Review of Public Libraries. This follows on from a consultation process launched last December which sought views on the future of public libraries.
The policy statement makes some 54 proposals covering service quality, increasing use, responding to declining resources, improving access, grasping the opportunities presented by digitisation, and effective advocacy.
While the policy applies only to England its content should inform discussion on the future development of the public library service here.
Miranda McKearney, CEO of the Reading Agency has already posted her response on the Reading Agency’s discussion board.
Guy Daines, Director of Policy & Advocacy at CILIP, blogging on the Library and Information Science Research Coalition’s website describes the proposals overall as “good stuff” but asks what happens if Labour is not re-elected.
Other responses already out there include
And you’ll also find other reports and responses on BookBrunch