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  1. page Review of Public Libraries edited ... The Network’s mission is “to assist the cultural sector, including libraries, museums, archive…
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    The Network’s mission is “to assist the cultural sector, including libraries, museums, archives and galleries, heritage and other organisations, to work towards social justice.”
    {TheNetwork_submission_Sieghart_Independent_Report_on public libraries_March2014 .pdf}
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    and articles on the "Sieghart Review" (2014)
    (many thanks to Frances Hendrix who posted most of these on the LIS-PUB-LIBS discussion list)
    Leon's Library Blog : 22nd March
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  2. page Review of Public Libraries edited ... Department for Communities and Local Government, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & …
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    Department for Communities and Local Government, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. 18 December 2014
    "The public library service in England is at a crossroads.For 150 years, library services have been run by local government, with oversight from central government. Libraries already deliver a wide range of facilities and services within local communities, and, given sharply reducing budgets, and changing needs, there are keen concerns about continuing to provide these vital functions.Many local authorities are delivering impressive and comprehensive library services. Their delivery and management is innovative as well as excellent. The need now is to build on and extend those practices to benefit every library in the country.Central government therefore commissioned me, with the help of my advisory panel –Sue Charteris, Janene Cox, Luke Johnson, Roly Keating, Caroline Michel, Stephen Page and Joanna Trollope –to investigate how the public library system could best work, in the future".
    Modernisation Review of Public Libraries (2010)
    'Empower, Inform Enrich. The modernisation review of public libraries; a consultation document is available as a PDF from:
    The DCMS issued its policy statement (March 2010) 'Modernisation Review of Public Libraries: A Policy Statement at’ DCMS March 2010. Cm 7821. ISBN: 9780101782128

    Submissions to the Sieghart Panel
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    Don't Privatise Libraries : 9th February
    Not another bloody report!
    Modernisation Review of Public Libraries (2010)
    'Empower, Inform Enrich. The modernisation review of public libraries; a consultation document
    "There are five significant challenges for the library service:
    • How can the library service demonstrate to citizens,commentators and politicians that they are still relevant and vital?
    • How can we reverse the current trend of decline in library usage and grow the numbers using their local library?
    • How can all libraries respond to a 24/7 culture and respond to changing expectations of people who want immediate access to information?
    • How can all libraries grasp the opportunities presented by digitisation?
    • How can the library service cope with limited public resource and economic pressures?
    This Review aims to address these challenges by questioning the structures, services and skills of the public library service to ensure that libraries are a major player in creating skilled, informed, creative citizens and communities for the 21st century."

    THE INDEPENDENT : 25th February
    Losing Britain's libraries: The places where we discover books are imperiled like never before
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    Modernisation Review of Public Libraries (2010)
    'Empower, Inform Enrich. The modernisation review of public libraries; a consultation document is available as a PDF from:
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    ISBN: 9780101782128
    Submissions to the Sieghart Panel
    Locality
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    ["Sieghart Review"] 2014
    Department for Communities and Local Government, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. 18 December 2014
    "The public library service in England is at a crossroads.For 150 years, library services have been run by local government, with oversight from central government. Libraries already deliver a wide range of facilities and services within local communities, and, given sharply reducing budgets, and changing needs, there are keen concerns about continuing to provide these vital functions.Many local authorities are delivering impressive and comprehensive library services. Their delivery and management is innovative as well as excellent. The need now is to build on and extend those practices to benefit every library in the country.Central government therefore commissioned me, with the help of my advisory panel –Sue Charteris, Janene Cox, Luke Johnson, Roly Keating, Caroline Michel, Stephen Page and Joanna Trollope –to investigate how the public library system could best work, in the future".
    Report considering the current structure and roleModernisation Review of Public Libraries (2010)
    'Empower, Inform Enrich. The modernisation review
    of public libraries
    Note
    libraries; a 'modernisation review'
    was undertaken in 2010. Information and links are
    consultation document is available hereas a PDF from:
    The DCMS issued its policy statement (March 2010) 'Modernisation Review of Public Libraries: A Policy Statement at’ DCMS March 2010. Cm 7821. ISBN: 9780101782128

    Submissions to the Sieghart Panel
    Locality
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    IntroductionIndependent Library Report for England ["Sieghart Review"]
    Department for Communities and Local Government, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. 18 December 2014
    "The public library service in England is at a crossroads.For 150 years, library services have been run by local government, with oversight from central government. Libraries already deliver a wide range of facilities and services within local communities, and, given sharply reducing budgets, and changing needs, there are keen concerns about continuing to provide these vital functions.Many local authorities are delivering impressive and comprehensive library services. Their delivery and management is innovative as well as excellent. The need now is to build on and extend those practices to benefit every library in the country.Central government therefore commissioned me, with the help of my advisory panel –Sue Charteris, Janene Cox, Luke Johnson, Roly Keating, Caroline Michel, Stephen Page and Joanna Trollope –to investigate how the public library system could best work, in the future".

    Report considering the current structure and role of public libraries
    Note a 'modernisation review'
    was undertaken in 2010. Information and links are available here
    From the announcement:-
    "The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Communities and Local Government has jointly commissioned William Sieghart to produce an independent report considering the current structure and role of public libraries, including community libraries, in England as well as identifying any opportunities for future delivery.
    Interested parties are invited to submit evidence to help inform their considerations, on the following areas.
    1. What are the core principles of a public library service into the future?
    2. Is the current delivery of the public library service the most comprehensive and efficient?
    3. What is the role of community libraries in the delivery of a library offer?
    To submit evidence to the Panel, email Library-secretariat@culture.gsi.gov.uk before 5pm on Friday 21 March 2014.
    8 February 2014
    Organisation: Department for Culture, Media & Sport
    Policy:
    Supporting the library services provided by local authorities and making sure there is a national collection of published material

    Submissions to the Sieghart Panel
    Locality
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  6. page Shared Services edited Library shared services Single digital presence for UK public libraries "British Library to…
    Library shared services
    Single digital presence for UK public libraries
    "British Library to investigate possibility of a ‘single digital presence’ for UK public libraries" BL Press Release Wed 30 Aug 2017
    The British Library is to lead an 18-month scoping project to establish the demand for and possible shape of a ‘single digital presence’ for UK public libraries.
    Funded by Arts Council England and the Carnegie UK Trust, the project will investigate user expectations and demand for what a national online platform for public libraries might deliver, and will explore the network of stakeholder groups and organisations best placed to make it a reality.
    Shared national digital platform for public libraries in England
    This initiative was taken up by the Public Libraries Task Force and forms an action point in their report "Libraries Deliver: Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016 to 2021", DCMS December 2016
    The Libraries Taskforce’s role is to provide leadership and help to reinvigorate the public library sector in England, as well as showcasing and promoting the excellent work already happening in libraries across the country. We were asked by Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Local Government Association (LGA) to develop this vision for the future of public libraries in England
    "Supporting the development of the digital offer of libraries." is action point 20 in the Task Force action plan
    "Explore the feasibility of a shared national digital platform for public libraries in England (Single Library Digital Presence) and then identify ways to develop, operate and fund it"
    Essential Digital Infrastructure for Public Libraries in England.
    A plan for moving forward.Prepared by BiblioCommons November 24, 2015
    Commissioned by The Society of Chief Librarians in collaboration with The Reading Agency With funding from Arts Council England
    Also known as the "Bibliocommons report"
    "This report argues that a standards-based digital platform is the only viable technology for realising recent strategic goals articulated by leaders for England’s public libraries. The platform would allow libraries and their partners to innovate, collaborate and share in ways they cannot now do. The report further argues that the primary mode of service on this platform must be co-production -- among library authorities, and among library staff, national and local partners, and importantly, end users. We show how new digital divides have made the mission of libraries -- literacy, learning, and community inclusion -- as relevant as it ever was. And that in order to provide an energetic response, libraries must invite their users into their digital spaces: their catalogues, their websites, their ebook readers, their online events calendars. We argue that these two measures, a standards-based digital platform and co-production of services, will reinvigorate libraries and create substantial, tangible outcomes in literacy, digital and social inclusion, health, education, and economic participation."

    National Digital Platform for Wales - contract award
    welshlibraries.org
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    The audience is both the public and library staff across Wales. The website functions not only as a virtual library e.g. access links to free e-books and e-magazines, search for a book across all Welsh library catalogues, but also as a place to find out about library campaigns and library news"
    Estimated contract value £35,849
    Unified Digital Platform for All Libraries in England
    Stakeholder meetings were held on 14-15 September 2015. A preliminary version of the project report was discussed
    "The Society of Chief Librarians is working to create a unified digital platform for public library resources aimed at increasing use of libraries b
    y existing and potential customers
    The project will work with SCL’s key partners and stakeholders who share an interest in providing content for a unified web platform. These groups include: The British Library, The Reading Agency, the Combined Regions, Collections Trust, OCLC and Library 21, a project which explores how, in a digital age, we can make the public library space the most thrilling place to go for readers and give the public access to an unprecedented range of digital content
    As a result of a public tender for the work, SCL appointed BiblioCommons, a Canadian company that works to transform how libraries serve communities online. The initial phase of the project, which is funded by a £30,000 grant from Arts Council England, will research consumer and library sector needs and create a vision and roadmap for the unified digital platform. Work on stage 1 is expected to complete at the end of March 2015."
    Stakeholder meetings were held on 14-15 September 2015. A preliminary version of the project report was discussed. A final report is awaited....(Dec 2015)

    Sieghart on a national infrastructure for (English) public libraries
    See:
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  7. page National Catalogue edited ... UnityUK is web-based resource sharing and interlibrary loan (ILL) service for librarians that …
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    UnityUK is web-based resource sharing and interlibrary loan (ILL) service for librarians that enables them to meet ILL requests from users from a national network of resources. Provided by OCLC in partnership with The Combined Regions (TCR), UnityUK is a national network for resource sharing. UnityUK brings together the union catalogues previously known as UnityWeb, LinkUK and RevealWeb into one single union catalogue. In addition UnityUK allows staff users to search other data sets/union catalogues such as COPAC and the British Library files.
    Welsh National Catalogue
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    Cymru at http://library.wales.org/catcymru/
    According to Alyson Tyler
    https://libraries.wales/find-a-book/ and an all-Wales library portal since 2006 at CyMAL: 'It has its little glitches but it'shttps://libraries.wales/
    “The catalogue is
    cross-sector as well as all-Wales (although only about 50% of the FE colleges are in). It is based on WebFeat and is a live web-scrape search. Usersusers can also
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    that they find, and they can join afind from their local public library online as well. It's beenservice. The portal and the cross-catalogue search is led by
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    the Welsh Assembly Government. However, for perspective, there are only just over 50 catalogues involved, so it's a lot smaller than an all-UK catalogue would need to be'.Government.”
    Some history
    UK to get national public library e-catalogue. Plans to launch a web based UK national public library catalogue have been announced by The Combined Regions and the Online Computer Library Center''
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  8. page Procurements edited ... The London Libraries Consortium (LLC) (Currently uses Axiell Galaxy library system) ... of…
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    The London Libraries Consortium (LLC)
    (Currently uses Axiell Galaxy library system)
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    of library services.
    The
    services.The LLC is
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    April 2018.
    We
    We anticipate that
    A maximum anticipated spend is £8m"
    From the tender notice September 2017
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  9. page National Catalogue edited ... "Supporting the development of the digital offer of libraries." is action point 20 i…
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    "Supporting the development of the digital offer of libraries." is action point 20 in the Task Force action plan
    "Explore the feasibility of a shared national digital platform for public libraries in England (Single Library Digital Presence) and then identify ways to develop, operate and fund it"
    Essential Digital Infrastructure for Public Libraries in England.
    A plan for moving forward.Prepared by BiblioCommons November 24, 2015
    Commissioned by The Society of Chief Librarians in collaboration with The Reading Agency With funding from Arts Council England
    Also known as the "Bibliocommons report"
    "This report argues that a standards-based digital platform is the only viable technology for realising recent strategic goals articulated by leaders for England’s public libraries. The platform would allow libraries and their partners to innovate, collaborate and share in ways they cannot now do. The report further argues that the primary mode of service on this platform must be co-production -- among library authorities, and among library staff, national and local partners, and importantly, end users. We show how new digital divides have made the mission of libraries -- literacy, learning, and community inclusion -- as relevant as it ever was. And that in order to provide an energetic response, libraries must invite their users into their digital spaces: their catalogues, their websites, their ebook readers, their online events calendars. We argue that these two measures, a standards-based digital platform and co-production of services, will reinvigorate libraries and create substantial, tangible outcomes in literacy, digital and social inclusion, health, education, and economic participation."

    Unified Digital Platform for All Libraries in England
    Press Release 6 February 2015
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