Category Archives: Libraries Conversation

Guest post #16 – The future of libraries: a time for new heroes… by Dave Coplin

Today, many of us walk around with more computing power in our pockets than used to sit on our desks just a few short years ago. We are more connected, more engaged and more in control of our lives than … Continue reading

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Guest post #15 – Connecting Spaces and Places: the public library in the 21st century, by John Blewitt

Not surprisingly public libraries are closely associated with books, reading and literacy.  Of course, this is and will remain important role in the coming years but libraries have gradually evolved into spaces and places that do and offer far more. … Continue reading

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Guest post #14 – Listening to users, by Abby Barker

When the Voices for the Library were gathering data for our submission to the DCMS Select Committee inquiry into public library closures, we heard a lot about the aspects of library services people value in their local library, what services they … Continue reading

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Guest post #13 – Policymakers on employment, education and children “Take note!”, by Miranda McKearney

It’s an anxious time for young people. UK youth unemployment stands at 21.9%, and reports  show  it’s getting harder to bust out of a disadvantaged start.  http://www.dpm.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/news/nick-clegg-speech-social-mobility People under 25 make up 43% of the world’s population – their choices … Continue reading

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Guest post #12 – 2022: A tale of two libraries? by Hannah Bailey

Decisions being taken now will have a huge impact on the library service of 2022. Our tale of two libraries exposes the huge dangers that we want councils to be aware of when they make their challenging decisions on library … Continue reading

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Guest post #11 – Five questions from the Carnegie UK Trust, by Liz Macdonald

It was 1883 when the first library in the UK was opened as a result of a grant from Andrew Carnegie. Then in 1950, having invested heavily in public library services, and not just buildings, the Carnegie UK Trust moved … Continue reading

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Guest post #10 – Publishers and libraries must work together, by Emma House

Having launched the Digital Skills Sharing initiative between publishers and librarians two weeks ago – one of the Library Development Initiative projectsfunded by the Arts Council –  it was evident to us and our partners in the project, The Reading … Continue reading

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