Our vision is an inclusive, modern, sustainable and high-quality public library service at the heart of every community in the UK.
Made by our members, we represent all the public library services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We work to promote the value of libraries, broker national partnerships, share best practice and drive innovation in the sector.
Launch the revised Universal Offer framework with an action plan for how they will be implemented and developed
Consult on the development of an accreditation scheme for libraries to help highlight achievement and support improvement in the sector
Establish a Creative Case for Diversity strategy for ourselves and the library sector
Audit existing outcomes frameworks for public libraries to inform design of a single version.
Support national rollouts of new services through the Universal Offers, including a major reader development campaign
Establish a viable commercial strategy with a focus on national contracts and developing the income generation capacities of libraries
Continue to support the British Library’s single digital presence.
Deliver the Public Library Skills Strategy to foster a skilled and diverse workforce, supported by a new Programme Board
Submit a funding bid for the Transforming Leadership programme to deliver a whole-service approach to leadership and workforce diversity
Deliver our national mentoring programme for members in partnership with the British Library
Create a leaders’ network, based on the successful Innovation Network model
Deliver a series of peer-led seminars to member services and develop the AGM as a learning event
Develop and deliver an advocacy strategy for communicating the public library offer.
Deliver a proactive stakeholder engagement process around the new Universal Offer framework
Deliver a series of advocacy workshops to member services
Manage the Learning Pool platform to increase its reach and use by library workers.
Publish the Blueprint scoping study, to identify how national and regional developments can create a positive operating environment for local library services
Publish the business case for support for individual and regional library services and to develop the capacity of our regional networks
Develop a strengthened membership offer for Wales and NI
Lead or partner on at least three separate bids to bring new funding into the sector
Develop partnership work with library NPOs to support and develop work in the wider sector.