Past neglect and future promise: the condition of UK public libraries now and over the last 20 years

Past neglect and future promise: the condition of UK public libraries now and over the last 20 years The decline in public libraries in the UK during the years of the previous Conservative Governments is demonstrated and its legacy of neglect and low morale described. The policies of the Labour Government since 1997 are discussed and initiatives of relevance to public libraries examined. The role of public libraries in the delivery of lifelong learning, within the ICT revolution both for commerce and government, and most particularly in relation to social inclusion, is discussed and advocated. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Review Emerald Publishing

Past neglect and future promise: the condition of UK public libraries now and over the last 20 years

Library Review, Volume 49 (9): 7 – Dec 1, 2000

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2000 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0024-2535
DOI
10.1108/00242530010378500
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Abstract

The decline in public libraries in the UK during the years of the previous Conservative Governments is demonstrated and its legacy of neglect and low morale described. The policies of the Labour Government since 1997 are discussed and initiatives of relevance to public libraries examined. The role of public libraries in the delivery of lifelong learning, within the ICT revolution both for commerce and government, and most particularly in relation to social inclusion, is discussed and advocated.

Journal

Library ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Dec 1, 2000

Keywords: Public libraries; UK; Library services

References

  • Social inclusion and the information poor
    Hendry, J
  • The Future of the Public Library Service
  • Higher Education in the Learning Age

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