More than Book-keeping? A New Approach to Library Services

NLGN Fringe Event LGA 2017

08:00 – 09:30, Tuesday 4th July 2017
Birmingham City Centre
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Libraries are often one of the first casualties of local government cuts. They are, however, an important part of a community – a safe, neutral space connecting people to knowledge and culture. Driven by financial restraints, many communities are becoming involved in delivering their local library service. For example, through councils transferring assets of library buildings, or overseeing individual libraries going into community management.

Doing this can promote community cohesion; ensure places still enjoy the benefits libraries provide; and relieve pressure on strained council resources. Although in some cases, the extent to which the community should be called on to deliver a statutory service has been questioned. This high-level breakfast will deliberate this and explore questions including:

  • How can councils involve communities in library service design and delivery?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges of doing this?
  • Where is it already happening and what lessons can be learnt?
We will also hear from key stakeholders:
Cllr John Hart, Leader, Devon County Council
Ciara Eastell, Chief Executive, Libraries Unlimited
Brian Ashley, Director (Libraries), Arts Council England

This private breakfast is a fringe event of the LGA Conference 2017 in Birmingham City Centre. This is a great opportunity for networking with senior figures in local government over an intimate breakfast.

Places are limited and invitation-only. You do not have to be a delegate at the LGA Conference to attend. Please RSVP to rsvp@newlocal.org.uk to request a space.

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