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Library services in the UK are facing the biggest set of challenges they have ever had to face in their history. This white paper looks at some of the most innovative practice within this sector – including shared services, the online library and social media – and examines how technology is helping libraries adapt, survive and innovate to defend front-line services in this time of change.
Public libraries are undergoing a process of dramatic reinvention. Hefty budget cuts have meant a period of reflection, forcing library services to question which services they will offer citizens, how they will deliver them and how they can afford them.
In light of these cuts, libraries have two options; either they have to continue to significantly reduce the services they offer to the public, or they have to implement new ways of working to save money.
This white paper examines how technology can support these new ways of working, helping to protect and save library services.
“Library services are about much more than buildings, and the most important issue is finding creative ways to preserve and, if possible, enhance library service.”
John Whittingdale, MP, Chair of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee.
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