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SHOUT OUT! – THE PUBLIC LIBRARY AS A CATALYST FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

“Ask not what the council can do for your library but tell what you can and could do for them. It’s hard for all of us to imagine but many policymakers and budget holders still think libraries are only about books.We know libraries are catalysts for addressing so many social problems, free, safe places where people can meet, be informed, learn and start learning about new technologies. Streetcorner universities where creativity, collaboration, and play can thrive. This puts libraries and librarians in the best position to partner with local governments and agencies to address the digital and learning needs of communities and our aging population.

Library staff are the trusted faces of local government and a service millions of taxpayers choose to use. Our staff know their communities and are passionate about learning, living and contributing.

  1. UNDERPINNING CHANNEL SHIFT – SUPPORTING CITIZENS  
  2. READING AND LITERACY
  3. HOMELESSNESS – Many libraries in the US now have social workers based there to offer real support
  4. DIGITAL SKILLS – Libraries have been delivering on this agenda for many years and could do so much more
  5. EMPLOYABILITY – CV help, Job Clubs, careers many authorities are now basing Job Centres and or Job Kiosks in libraries
  6. ENTERPRISE AND ECONOMIC REGENERATION
  7. EARLY LEARNING INTERVENTIONS – Bounce and Tickle, Rhyme time, homework/ after school clubs, events and activities, access to PCs and the Internet, robotics clubs, coding………. 
  8. YOUNG PEOPLE – Tailored spaces for young people to meet, learn and be safe
  9. AN AGEING POPULATION AND LONELINESS

These are just a few of the agendas the public library could deliver even more on. Invite your policyholders to a presentation and showcase your best work, urge them to take a look at what you do and then to take a holstic approach to important agendas and invest in Public libraries.”

More visials after the link.

Stephen

Posted on: January 28, 2016, 6:45 am Category: Uncategorized

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