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    • Public Libraries Information Services’ Contribution to
      National and Local Agendas
      City of York Council, 2010
      Lauren Smith
    • Contents
      1. Introduction
      2. Digital Participation
      3. E-Democracy
      4. Employment
      5. Conclusion
    • Introduction
      National Agendas
      • National Indicator Set (NIS)
      • Budget
      • Coalition document
      Local Agendas
      • Local Area Agreements
      • Strategic Priorities
      • Strategic Partnerships
      • Neighbourhood Action Plans
    • Digital Participation
      Adapted from (BIS, 2010)
    • Digital Literacy
      12.5 million people do not have access to internet (BIS, 2010)
      High percentage enter URL into search bar
      High percentage do not know how to increase font size
    • Libraries’ Contribution
      Promoting access to digital technology
      Reducing digital exclusion
      Providing a role for community-based partners
      Helping people acquire skills
      Key delivery mechanism
      National plan for digital participation
      (MLA, 2010)
    • Enabling Users
      Higher footfall in library-based UKOnlineCentres
      93% of libraries help new members get online
      91% of library authorities provide supported access to help all library customers get online and improve their digital skills (MLA, 2010)
    • Digital literacy skills
      One-to-one support
      Group sessions
      Library staff
      Volunteers
      Third party organisations (MLA, 2010)
      Photo by San Jose Library
      Enabling Users cont.
    • Government Priorities for
      Digital Participation
      • Affordability
      • In relation to equipment and ongoing costs;
      • Capability and relevance
      • Ensuring all citizens have the skills, motivation and confidence they need;
      • Availability
      • Ensuring wide availability of key services
      • Universal Service Commitment for Broadband (Digital Britain, 2009).
    • Agendas
      Audit Commission, 2010
    • Digital Democracy
      Online communication between individuals, groups, such as activist groups, councillors and politicians to campaign about specific issues.
      “70% of respondents agree that the internet makes it easier for them to participate in civic and political activities” (Williamson, 2010)
      Photo by kitoy
    • Libraries’ Contribution
      • Consultation
      • Public Participation Scheme
      • Local information
      • Direct links to key contacts
      • Debate sessions
      • Surgeries
      • Manifestos
    • Agendas
      IdeA, 2010
      Coalition Programme
      “encourage volunteering and involvement in social action”(HM Government, 2010).
    • Local & National Budgets
      Budget Cuts
      • £6.2 bn to tackle UK's £156bn budget deficit (Financial Times, 24th May 2010).
      Democratic Engagement Saves Money
      • Better information on citizen needs and attitudes help to target cuts and spending
      • Savings or higher revenues result in stronger economic development (Zacharzewski, 2010).
      Photo by hitthatswitch
      • Savings in social care through informed personal choice
      • Savings through better oversight
      • Increased civic productivity (Zacharzewski, 2010).
      Photo by voobie
      Local & National Budgets cont.
    • Employment
      People need to be able to:
      Write a CV
      Write supporting statements
      Search the internet for jobs
      Apply for jobs online
      Set up an email account
      Can be overwhelming (SCL, 2009)
      Photo by gtmcknight
    • Library Provision
      • Access to the internet
      • Printing facilities
      • IT classes
      • Practical guidance
      • “Quiet, relaxed and informal setting” (SCL, 2009)
      Image by Adam Melanchon
    • Information Provision
    • Partnerships
      CAB, CVS, Job Centre
      Informal talks
      One-to-one consultation
      Walk-through applications
      Job helpdesks
      Photo by davidsilver
    • Agendas
      IdeA, 2010
    • Conclusion
      Contribution to local and national agendas
      Digital literacy & information resources
      Online services emergent resource
      Edinburgh Libraries (2010)
    • References
      Audit Commission (2010). National indicators for local authorities and local authority partnerships information portal [Online]. London: Audit Commission. http://www.audit-commission.gov.uk/localgov/audit/nis/Pages/niguidancesearch.aspx [Accessed 30 May 2010].
      Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (2009). Digital Britain Final Report [Online]. Kew: The Stationery Office Limited. http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.culture.gov.uk/images/publications/digitalbritain-finalreport-jun09.pdf [Accessed 29 May 2010].
      HM Government (2010). The Coalition: our programme for government [Online]. London: HM Stationery Office. www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/409088/pfg_coalition.pdf [Accessed 30 May 2010].
      City of York Council (2008). YORK – Our ‘Story of Place’: Evidence Base to support the refresh of the Sustainable Community Strategy and negotiation of the Local Area Agreement 2008/09 – 2010/11 [Online]. York: York City Council. http://www.yorkwow.org.uk/documents/attachment64.pdf [Accessed 28 May 2010].
      IDeA (2010). 2010 LAA Refresh York City [Online]. London: IDeA. http://www.idea.gov.uk/idk/aio/18382083 [Accessed 29 May 2010].
    • MLA (2010). Role of public libraries in supporting and promoting digital participation [Online]. Leicester: CLE. http://research.mla.gov.uk/evidence/documents/public-libraries-and-digital-participation-mla.pdf [Accessed 29 May 2010].
      Parker, G. (2010). “UK coalition reveals £6.2bn budget cuts”. The Financial Times, 24 May [Online]. www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e7704314-6721-11df-bf08-00144feab49a.html [Accessed 1 June 2010].
      Senyucel, Z. (2008). 'Impact of ICTs on User-Provider Relations: Perspectives from UK Local Authorities'. Information Technology & People, 21 (4), 401-414.
      Society of Chief Librarians (2009). Giving people the tools for the job [Online]. http://www.goscl.com/giving-people-the-tools-for-the-job/ [Accessed 29 May 2010].
      Williamson, A. (2010). Digital citizens and democratic engagement [Online]. London: Hansard Society. http://hansardsociety.org.uk/files/folders/2345/download.aspx [Accessed 29 May 2010].
      Zacharzewski, A. (2010). Democracy pays: How democratic engagement can cut the cost of government [Online]. Brighton: The Democratic Society.http://www.demsoc.org/static/Financial-Case-white-paper.pdf [Accessed 29 May 2010].
    • Thank you for listening
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