UK: Digital Standards Agreed for Public Libraries
From The Guardian:
The heads of more than 4,000 public libraries across the UK have agreed to national digital standards, which include providing free internet access in every library, and the ability to join a library and renew and reserve items online.
The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) said that National Digital Promise will set the minimum standard for online services provided by public libraries in Wales, England and Northern Ireland.
Key promises made in the National Digital Promise include:
- free access to the internet in every library (for a minimum period)
- 24/7 access to a virtual library online
- library staff trained to help people to go online
- the ability to join a library online, and much more.
See Also: Full Text of the SCL Digital Promise for Libraries (Digital Promise 2012)
2 page Document, MS Word.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.