Powerful partnership to strengthen libraries
The National Library of Scotland has become a leading partner in a new UK-wide network that aims to make the most of the life changing power of libraries.
The Living Knowledge Network of 24 national and public libraries across the UK will combine local expertise and national organising power to share knowledge, services and activities.
The British Library, the National Library of Wales and city libraries in Glasgow, Belfast, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield and Newcastle are all partners in the project.
The network is being funded by the British Library and the Arts Council of England for a two year pilot period. Its aims are to:
- Enable knowledge exchange — strengthening libraries' collective ability to deliver world-class library services to diverse communities
- Develop joint offerings for library users — collaborating on programmes, activities and services including live-streamed events and touring exhibitions
- Form a powerful partnership — working together on funding applications, evidence gathering and sharing programmes of activity with a combined audience of 13 million people.
Dr John Scally, National Librarian at the National Library of Scotland, said: 'This new network will share knowledge and expertise and help us deliver even better services for all our users. We look forward to working with libraries from across the UK on shared goals, collectively demonstrating the unique role that libraries have to play in improving the lives of individuals and communities.'
Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library, said: 'At the heart of the Living Knowledge Network is a simple aspiration: To create value by sharing ideas and sparking connections between libraries, collections and people across the UK. We were delighted to bring network libraries together for our first ever meeting on 16 September, where we discussed collaborative opportunities and the benefits we can realise working together.'
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27 September 2016