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