The figures, which represent the most accurate information available on public library usage, show that 42% of library services are achieving seven or more of the ten Public Library Service Standards. At the same time they challenge libraries to improve, showing that the number of active borrowers and the number of issues continue to fall.
Meanwhile MLA is working with a broad range of stakeholders to develop options for new models of stock procurement. The project will consider how improvements in technology, procurement and stock management practice that have already been adopted by some, can be harnessed more widely for the benefit of all libraries. The goal is to improve the availability of stock (with flexibility to meet local needs) and to create the potential for reinvestment of efficiencies so libraries can provide the best possible service to their communities through better opening hours, stock and other services.
Through the MLA’s public libraries improvement programme, Framework for the Future, £9million of central government funding is being invested in supporting reading and literacy initiatives, improving leadership and management, challenging under-performance and on a major campaign to attract a new generation of public library staff.
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