New guidance on community managed libraries and statutory provision

In consultation with local authorities in Wales, the Welsh Government has drawn up guidance on what requirements community managed libraries must meet in order to be considered as part of a local authority’s statutory service, and also whether they can be included in the Welsh Public Library Standards (WPLS) returns for 2014-15 performance.

The Guidance on Community Managed Libraries and the Statutory Provision of Public Library Services in Wales document outlines the criteria which community managed libraries should meet in order to be included as part of the statutory library service. These criteria are the 18 core entitlements in the Welsh Public Library Standards fifth framework (Making a difference). The entitlements cover a range of services and facilities which members of the public can expect to be provided by any public library service in Wales.

The guidance also provides detail on the 18 core entitlements in relation to the WPLS and how authorities should gather usage information from appropriate community libraries in order to complete their WPLS return.

The Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates AM provided a written statement (in English and Welsh) on this new guidance.

The document Community managed libraries and the statutory provision of public library service in Wales can be downloaded from the page about the WPLS on the Welsh Government website (and is also available in Welsh as Canllawiau ynghylch Llyfrgelloedd a Reolir gan Gymunedau a Darpariaeth Statudol Gwasanaethau Llyfrgelloedd Cyhoeddus yng Nghymru) . The guidance fulfills recommendation 9 of the Expert Review of Public Libraries in Wales 2014.

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8 Responses to New guidance on community managed libraries and statutory provision

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  4. BookerTalk says:

    Thanks for highlighting this. Its going to be useful as we embark on our legal challenge to Vale of Glamorgan council over their plan to force the community model on us.http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/libraries-necessity-community-campaigners-set-9266070#ICID=sharebar_facebook

  5. Leon says:

    Alison, I know you are only highlighting the guidance but I’m confused that it talks about community managed libraries but the first core entitlement is to ensure that ‘qualified staff are on
    hand to help’! Am I getting confused between the several docs/reports?

    • alysontyler says:

      Hi Leon, yes it is a bit confusing, with different docs and reports! The research report on CMLs, published in Feb, recommended a model that included paid staff from the local authority. THIS guidance doc indicates that if an authority has CMLs which they want to class as part of their statutory service, and use their data in their Standards return to us, then they should meet all the core entitlements, one of which relates to staff. Further in the guidance doc it recommends a percentage of staff hours I think. These would be paid local authority library staff. If I’ve muddled you further do give me an email or call in work.

  6. How many libraries did Ken Skates visit on his recent trip to Anglesey?

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