Decision Maker: Environment and Neighbourhood Committee
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
New Library Strategy following the expiry of
the 2015-2019 Library Strategy
Jan Underhill, Assistant Director - Wellbeing, presented the report and introduced Kelly Saini-Badwal, Head of Cultural Services.
Members welcomed the new Head of Service. Discussion then turned to the availability of library services within the borough and the savings which had been achieved in transforming ways of working. Attention was given to the strategic outcomes mentioned in the framework - in particular ‘school-readiness’ and overall engagement with schools in the borough. Members also discussed older service users, mentioning the housebound service, and initiatives to improve IT literacy.
Following Members’ questions, the Assistant Director provided data initially gathered with regards to library usage since the recent renovation but mentioned that more detailed figures would be available at end-of-year. Members requested that data also be circulated as to the level of service users at the life centre.
RESOLVED: that the review of the library strategy 2015-2019 be noted and the Library Services Framework 2019-2023 (attached as Appendix A) be agreed. The Framework sets the key priorities for the service over the next four years.
Report author: Nancy Ford
Publication date: 20/03/2019
Date of decision: 07/03/2019
Decided at meeting: 07/03/2019 - Environment and Neighbourhood Committee