Scottish Public Libraries: Informing a national strategy – Input Required.

Scottish Public Libraries: Informing a national strategy

Please see the following web page and respond to the SLIC study individually by 2 December if you have not all ready done so.

Public libraries are changing. The opportunities offered by digital technology and the challenges of reduced local budgets make ‘business as usual’ increasingly unsustainable.  The National Strategy for Scottish Public Libraries Working Group has been tasked with the development of a national strategy for Scotland’s public libraries.  To get this right, we need your views.

Public libraries are one of the most effective ways to improve the wellbeing of communities. A national strategy is an opportunity to ensure public libraries continue to deliver for future generations. The case for a national strategy has been made by the Scottish Library and Information Council (‘The Case for a National Strategy for Public Libraries’) and the Carnegie UK Trust (‘A New Chapter’).

In order to draft a national strategy, the National Strategy for Scottish Public Libraries Working Group needs to hear from a wide range of stakeholders. You are invited to get involved by considering the following questions:

  • what the visions, values and aims of the public library service should be;
  • what the public library service should look like;
  • the services it should deliver and the skills staff will require;
  • the practicalities of how and with whom services could best be delivered; and
  • how we measure the impact of public libraries.

We will use your responses to inform the draft strategy.   You can keep up to date with our work at http://www.scottishlibraries.org/strategy/.

To discuss the call for evidence or the work of the Public Library National Strategy Working Group further, please contact Gillian Daly, Policy Officer at info@scottishlibraries.org or on 0141-228-4790.

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