Proposals include the creation of a libraries minister and a high-profile libraries laureate to be t

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Thursday January 18, 2024 at 4:37pm

An independent review of libraries in England has found a “lack of recognition” across government and a “lack of awareness” among the general public of what libraries have to offer.

The review proposes the creation of a libraries minister, the establishment of a libraries laureate and a branding campaign to raise awareness of the role of libraries, among other recommendations.

The review was commissioned last September for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) minister Stephen Parkinson. It was conducted by Baroness Sanderson, who visited libraries across England, consulted volunteers and organisations connected to libraries, and looked at international examples as part of the review.

One key proposal calls for the British Library to take on a convening role with the aim of starting “a valuable central conversation” about libraries that could “potentially lead to some interesting opportunities and collaborations”.

Liz Jolly, chief librarian of the British Library, welcomed the review. “We look forward to working with DCMS and partners across the sector on the shared challenges and opportunities identified by Baroness Sanderson,” she added.

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