Lauren SmithVoices for the Library:www.voicesforthelibrary.org.ukSave Doncaster Libraries:www.savedoncasterlibraries.wordp...
UK public libraries in crisis                                13th February 2011:                                ● 430 buil...
Just bricks & mortar?
Taking back the narrative
@tomroper          @philbradley          @Jo_Bo_Anderson  @ijclark                                       @bethanar@mickfor...
New Recruits     @simonXIX   Ian Anstice   @essomenic
Fancy newfangled technology
Voices of the public
Public libraries are not bookshops, focussed on filling theshelves and seeing them emptied by eager readers. Ourconcern sh...
Getting people writing
Creating a media buzz
Books and materials are secondary in a publiclibrary. The most important aspect is the humaninteraction. The library exper...
The public library is a practical demonstrationof democracy’s faith in universal education asa continuing and lifelong pro...
There’s work to be done to make libraries hum –and that involves more local people feeling closelyinvolved with them, but ...
Political Stuff
Local and national government
Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964●   “duty of the Secretary of State to superintend, and     promote the improvement o...
Libraries are directly and immediately involved inthe conflict which divides our world, and for tworeasons.First, because ...
“We all know a truthabout libraries, which isthat those which willsucceed are those thatwake up to the world ofnew technol...
Libraries are constantly underattack from people who fearknowledge, people who thinkguns are more important thanbooks, and...
Are we nearly there yet?
Absolutely must-read stuff: Crystal, D. (2011). On caring about libraries. DCBlog. http://bit.ly/davidcblog Kirriemuir, J....
UK public libraries and Voices for the Library
UK public libraries and Voices for the Library
UK public libraries and Voices for the Library
UK public libraries and Voices for the Library
UK public libraries and Voices for the Library
UK public libraries and Voices for the Library
UK public libraries and Voices for the Library
UK public libraries and Voices for the Library
UK public libraries and Voices for the Library
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  1. 1. Lauren SmithVoices for the Library:www.voicesforthelibrary.org.ukSave Doncaster Libraries:www.savedoncasterlibraries.wordpress.comTwitter: @walkyouhomeEmail: laurensmith2102@gmail.comBlog: www.laurensmith.wordpress.com
  2. 2. UK public libraries in crisis 13th February 2011: ● 430 buildings ● 61 mobiles Out of 3,500
  3. 3. Just bricks & mortar?
  4. 4. Taking back the narrative
  5. 5. @tomroper @philbradley @Jo_Bo_Anderson @ijclark @bethanar@mickfortune @SmilyLibrarian @ggnewed @walkyouhome
  6. 6. New Recruits @simonXIX Ian Anstice @essomenic
  7. 7. Fancy newfangled technology
  8. 8. Voices of the public
  9. 9. Public libraries are not bookshops, focussed on filling theshelves and seeing them emptied by eager readers. Ourconcern should not only be that readers borrow the books,but that their experience of borrowing the book has a positiveinfluence on them and society. Equally, the user who merelyfrequents the library to look up a fact, read a newspaper,consult a local timetable, attend a class in some topic or other,their use of the library is as valid to them and the publiclibrary service as the rabid borrower who withdraws half adozen books a week. I fear that we sometimes fail to see that.- David McMenemy Voices of librarians
  10. 10. Getting people writing
  11. 11. Creating a media buzz
  12. 12. Books and materials are secondary in a publiclibrary. The most important aspect is the humaninteraction. The library experience cannot beviewed as just an information transaction, butrather as an opportunity to touch and connectlives.- Cheryl Napsha, Director, Bethel Park Public Library
  13. 13. The public library is a practical demonstrationof democracy’s faith in universal education asa continuing and lifelong process, in theappreciation of the achievement of humanityin knowledge and culture. The public library isthe principal means, whereby the record ofman’s thoughts and ideas and the expressionof his creative imagination are made freelyavailable to all.IFLA Section of Public Libraries, 1973, pp. 13-14.
  14. 14. There’s work to be done to make libraries hum –and that involves more local people feeling closelyinvolved with them, but if they no longer functionas serious, professional services, they’ll gonowhere. We need information professionals tohelp us all, especially those with few resourcesand outside of formal education, but librarieshave mostly failed to provide guidance on socialmedia and its potential for collaborativeconsumption and informal learning. Bureaucracy,firewalls and apathy block change.- Chris Meade, Bookfutures
  15. 15. Political Stuff
  16. 16. Local and national government
  17. 17. Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964● “duty of the Secretary of State to superintend, and promote the improvement of, the public library service”● “duty of every library authority to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service for all persons desiring to make use thereof”● “encouraging both adults and children to make full use of the library service”
  18. 18. Libraries are directly and immediately involved inthe conflict which divides our world, and for tworeasons.First, because they are essential to the functioningof a democratic society. Second, because thecontemporary conflict touches the integrity ofscholarship, the freedom of the mind, and even thesurvival of culture, and libraries are the great toolsof scholarship, the great repositories of culture, andthe great symbols of the freedom of the mind.— Franklin D. Roosevelt
  19. 19. “We all know a truthabout libraries, which isthat those which willsucceed are those thatwake up to the world ofnew technology, theinternet and everythingelse, and investmentgoes in."- David Cameron
  20. 20. Libraries are constantly underattack from people who fearknowledge, people who thinkguns are more important thanbooks, and people who want toensure that multi-millionairespocket even more money. As anauthor, father, and a reader, I begyou: please support your locallibraries in any way you can, andif you enjoy reading, take amoment to thank a librarian.- Will Wheaton
  21. 21. Are we nearly there yet?
  22. 22. Absolutely must-read stuff: Crystal, D. (2011). On caring about libraries. DCBlog. http://bit.ly/davidcblog Kirriemuir, J. (2010). Are UK public libraries expensive to run?Use Libraries and Learn Stuff blog. http://bit.ly/jkulalsMcMenemy, D. (2008). Public libraries: the modern context.The Public Library. London: Facet. http://bit.ly/davidmcm McMenemy, D. (2007). “What is the true value of a public library?”Library Review, 56 (4). www.emeraldinsight.com/0024-2535.htmImages, references and links: http://bit.ly/mmubookmarks

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