Fri, 09/11/2012 - 09:00
The Arts Council England libraries director Nicky Morgan has said it is not the organisation's role to feed information on potential problem areas for libraries back to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, as recommended in the library report published by the CMS select committee this week (5th November).
Mon, 25/07/2011 - 12:01
The last time I contributed to these columns, I discussed the demise of the professional local government officer and the rise of the bureaucratic manager, with a focus on management objectives, targets and performance measures. Within local councils this shift has fundamentally changed the relationship between elected councillors and their...
Tue, 05/07/2011 - 09:59
Nicola Morgan is to be the libraries director at the Arts Council.
Morgan is currently programme manager, sector improvement at the Museums, Libraries and Archives council, which winds up this autumn. She will take up her new post on 1st October.
Morgan commented: "I am looking forward to this exciting new chapter at...
Fri, 24/06/2011 - 10:05
Book borrowers at community-run libraries could be charged for the privilege in future, according to guidance issued by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).
The Department for Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) asked the MLA in March to prepare guidance for local authorities looking to restructure their library services....
Thu, 17/03/2011 - 09:23
The Society of Chief Librarians and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council have signed a joint position on e-book lending in libraries, saying the Publisher Association's baseline position has "limited practical use" for customers and warning publishers off putting new restrictions on remote downloading of e-books....
Mon, 07/02/2011 - 12:24
The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) is to retain responsibility for 2011/12 funding decisions, with Arts Council England (ACE) taking on responsibility for decisions with a longer-term impact.
The news comes ahead of the MLA's 2011/12 budget, which is released on 11th February.
Chief executive of Arts Council...
Tue, 18/01/2011 - 16:02
Campaigner Alan Gibbons has called for a "robust" public debate on the library service between MLA chief executive Roy Clare and culture minister Ed Vaizey on the one hand and campaigners from what he describes as "the growing Save Our Libraries movement" on the other.
Gibbons' call comes following a furore over a...
Thu, 02/12/2010 - 07:29
The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, which will close by March 2012, has notified all employees that they are "at risk" of redundancy and started a four-month period of formal consultation.
The MLA also warned library bodies that the process for deciding future grant funding remains to be agreed, and they should stay...
Tue, 23/11/2010 - 15:07
The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council's library development work is "likely" to go to Arts Council England (ACE) by end of March 2012, culture minister Ed Vaizey has announced. The MLA's Renaissance in the Regions project for museums would also transfer to ACE.
However Alan Davey, chief executive of Arts Council...
Mon, 22/11/2010 - 16:33
Books remain the main reason why most people use libraries, according to a new research study published by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).
Seventy-six per cent of users go to libraries because of their love of reading, found the study, carried out by Shared Intelligence and Ipsos MORI. Meanwhile 44% go for study, and...