Resarch on value of mobile libraries
The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) has commissioned research to examine the value and impact of mobile library services.
The library advisory body is aiming to build a robust evidence base to demonstrate the benefits these facilities bring to communities – and are keen to get feedback from Monklands readers.
It is also looking for details on the role mobile libraries play in people’s lives and to identify the impact of reducing or withdrawing services.
An independent researcher has been appointed to conduct a literature review, an online survey, and interviews with librarians, library staff, mobile library users and key partners, such as schools.
Mobile library users are invited to complete the online survey at scottishlibraries. org/ mobile before this Friday’s deadline.
The researcher will scope the scale and nature of mobile library services, including number, frequency of delivery, usage statistics, user demographics, stock, vehicle specification and cost of provision.
The outputs from the research will be used by SLIC and its members to promote support and funding for mobile library services, using evidence to underline service impact on learning and attainment, health and wellbeing and cultural and leisure experiences.
Pamela Tulloch, chief executive of SLIC, said: “At a time when public libraries continue to face funding cuts, this evidence base will prove vital to safeguard the future of services.”