The Network

Includes news and information about our own work, plus responses to consultations.

  • "Libraries Deliver"

    December 23, 2016

    The Libraries Taskforce produced a draft report for consultation in March 2016, Libraries Deliver: ambition for public libraries in England 2016-2021, and The Network sent a response in May.The final Taskforce report was published in Dec 2016, and we wrote an assessment of it for the December Network Newsletter. … more

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  • The UK post-Brexit

    July 15, 2016

    The EU Referendum has left the UK divided, and seems also to have opened the door to anger, much of which is being voiced as racism and opposition to all sorts of 'others'. Museums, libraries, archives and cultural heritage organisations can play a major role in helping to deal with… more

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  • "Speak up about the hidden consequences of library cuts"

    November 22, 2014

    Post on the 'Informed' blog by Alan Wylie, a public librarian and campaigner for public libraries, about the consequences of library cuts on outreach programmes in libraries.The blog cites The Network and John Vincent:"John Vincent, co-author of the blog ‘Social Justice Librarian’ and coordinator of ‘The… more

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  • "Guidelines on the care of sacred texts in public libraries"

    October 15, 2014

    "The UK is a diverse, cosmopolitan country with people of many faiths – and none. Public libraries are secular spaces, and, whilst providing sacred texts, books about faith and religion, and books reflecting non-religious views of the world, care needs to be taken to ensure that people’s faith (or lack… more

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