Re­sarch on value of mo­bile li­braries

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ian Bunting

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.”

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