May 28, 2022

New Toolkit From UK Gov: “Libraries Shaping the Future: Report and Case Studies”

Released today by the UK Department for Culture, Media & Sport.

From the Introduction:

This toolkit [beta release], produced by the Libraries Taskforce is the first step in addressing a need identified by the Independent Library Report for England; “that more information needs to be available about the remarkable and vital value that a good library service can offer modern communities of every size and character”.

It describes the legal duty on authorities to provide a ‘comprehensive and efficient’ library service and sets out how library services can support delivery of a wide range of central and local government priorities. It also describes a range of approaches to delivering cost-effective library services.

31 case studies are organized into the following categories:

  • How Libraries Support Different Policy Areas
  • Governance Models
  • Smarter Services
  • User Perspectives on Working In and With Libraries

Direct to Toolkit: Libraries Shaping the Future: Report and Case Studies

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.