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Bobby Seagull’s “Manifesto for Libraries”

The UK has an estimated 35,000 libraries and information services in 20 industry sectors. From health to public libraries, prisons to schools, libraries change lives for the better, every single day.


How Public Libraries Cultivate A Love of Reading

Literacy is one of the most important social challenges facing England today. According to a 2016 OECD report there are more than 9 million working-age adults in England with low literacy skills, numeracy skills, or both. Digital literacy is also an issue, with an estimated 12 per cent of the adult population never having used the internet. Indeed, with an estimated 35 per cent of jobs in the UK at risk of being replaced by automation in the next twenty years, a 2015  House of Lords report identified digital literacy as being as important an educational priority as traditional literacy and numeracy. Even though educational opportunities have expanded in recent years, low basic skills are more common among young people in England than in many other countries.


Webinar - Using the LibrariesDeliver Platform to Identify, Cultivate and Empower Supporters

LibrariesDeliver.uk is designed to help local library leaders address the real challenges to library funding by organizing and focusing support from people across England and the UK. Overall, the Libraries Deliver campaign will provide a pathway for library leaders to connect with public about the work libraries do and the impact that librarians and staff have in their communities. 


Libraries - A Prescription for a Happier and Healthier Life

The County of Norfolk faces many health challenges. With a much older age profile than the national average, falls are a major reason for hospitalisation in the county. Over 16,000 people in are identified as having dementia. At the same time over two-thirds of the adult population are overweight and activity levels among children vary greatly as families struggle to include health and wellness as among their priorities.


The Chancellor’s 2019 Spending Round – What does it mean for libraries and where do we go from here?

The Chancellor’s 2019 Spending Round – What does it mean for libraries and where do we go from here?

Nick Poole, Chief Executive, CILIP

It was amid much speculation that Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP took to his feet today to deliver his 2019 ‘Spending Round’ announcement.

Javid had already signalled that the multi-year Spending Review would need to wait until 2020, but today’s announcement has since taken on greater significance due to the increased likelihood of an imminent General Election. If there is an Election, then any new Government would be held not to this announcement but to the commitments in their Manifestos – which is why its essential to maintain the pressure on library funding in the next few weeks.

It is important to see these commitments for what they are – Election pledges rather than a firm, costed commitment of spend. Some of the measures announced today had actually already been announced, while some of them may still reflect a real-terms reduction in funding relative to inflation. As ever with Governmental spending announcements, the devil is in the detail and only time will tell how much of this money reaches the grassroots where it is desperately needed!

 


Open Letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer

Dear Chancellor,

I am writing on behalf of CILIP, the Chartered body for librarians and information professionals, to ask you to consider investing to revitalise our nation’s public libraries in your Spending Review statement next week.

I was heartened to read recently that you and your family are library users and supporters. You know for yourself the transformative impact that a great library and a professional librarian can have on people’s lives.

Recently, an elderly user entered one of our libraries on the afternoon of the day that her husband had sadly passed away. When approached by library staff, she said “I knew you would help me find a book to get me through my first night alone in years”.


 

Add your signature to the Open Letter today and make your voice heard for libraries.


 


Small Businesses and Libraries- A Perfect Partnership

According to a 2018 World Bank Survey, the UK is one of the best places in the world to start a business, with over a thousand new businesses being launched every day. Yet for all of this economic opportunity, more than a third of these enterprises will close their doors for good within three years.


Libraries are at the Forefront of Today’s Digital Skills

The government’s Digital Inclusion Strategy laid out ways that individuals and organisations both use digital, online, and internet tools in different ways.


Entrepreneurs’ Library Stories

We all think we know that libraries are quiet and peaceful places, home to books for readers of all ages.


Libraries, Business Starts, and the High Street

Libraries can be a catalyst for regeneration and contribute to vibrant high streets. Libraries can help businesses start and grow, creating new jobs, and providing access to start-up spaces, advice and resources.