Category Archives: Welsh Public Library Standards

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 … Continue reading

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Community libraries and trusts: a research-based report

An independent research report has just been published which investigates the current situation of community libraries and two newly established library trusts in Wales. It was commissioned by the Welsh Government as part of the recommendations (#4 and #8) of … Continue reading

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Internet use in Wales and beyond

Two recent reports show patterns of Internet use in Wales and the UK. According to the National Survey for Wales for 2013-14: 75% of households in Wales had access to the Internet at home; 79% of people said they currently … Continue reading

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A trio of public library standards

Regular readers of this blog, and those up to date with Welsh public library news, will know that in April 2014 a new framework of Welsh Public Library Standards was produced. You can read about the framework in an older … Continue reading

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Libraries: “vital role” in Wales says review

“Public libraries will continue to play a vital role in the ongoing delivery of local and national priorities such as social inclusion, lifelong learning, literacy, digital inclusion, health and wellbeing and community cohesion.” (Paragraph 198)  An independent expert panel, appointed … Continue reading

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Welsh libraries: “unique … contribution to … community life”

The National Assembly for Wales* Communities, Equality and Local Government committee has published its report today (23rd July 2014) following its inquiry into public libraries in Wales. (Report also available in Welsh.) Watch a YouTube video of the chair of the report … Continue reading

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New standards for Welsh public libraries

A new set of library standards for Welsh public libraries has been produced and launched. Libraries making a difference: the fifth quality framework of Welsh Public Library Standards 2014-2017 builds on previous frameworks but includes impact and outcome measures for the … Continue reading

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