The House of Lords in London debated public libraries last week. You can read the full transcript online on the Parliament UK website.
Libraries are a devolved issue in the UK meaning that Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland set their own library policy, so this debate is in effect only about English public libraries. However, there are many areas of general interest to librarians across the UK.
Whilst I’m linking to English library information, you may also wish to take a look at the revised strategy of Arts Council England which incorporates libraries and museums following their additional responsiblity for these two areas. There’s a short video as well as a link to the actual strategy on their website.
Their five goals are:
- Goal 1: Excellence is thriving and celebrated in the arts, museums and libraries
- Goal 2: Everyone has the opportunity to experience and to be inspired by the arts, museums and libraries
- Goal 3: The arts, museums and libraries are resilient and environmentally sustainable
- Goal 4: The leadership and workforce in the arts, museums and libraries are diverse and appropriately skilled
- Goal 5: Every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts, museums and libraries