ACE chair asks for library "stardust"

<p>Dame Liz Forgan, chair of Arts Council England, will today instruct the UK&#39;s libraries to keep reading &quot;central&quot;, and to work with other cultural organisations to &quot;sprinkle a bit of stardust on the scene&quot;.<br /><br />She is to speak at the annual Public Libraries Authorities (PLA) conference in Bristol, organised by Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). She will argue that libraries must keep reading as the &ldquo;central pillar that holds the whole thing together&quot;.<br /><br />Forgan will also ask that libraries link up with other cultural organisations to let people know the &ldquo;wealth of the library offer&quot;. &quot;You have many supporters and partners in the wider cultural sector who care passionately about reading. Publishers, broadcasters, new media and arts organisations all want to work with you.</p><p>&quot;And they can help in various ways, extending the reach of what you offer readers, help work on new business and distribution models for reading in the face of digital change so that libraries keep up with the technology, sprinkle a bit of stardust on the scene.&quot;<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />&nbsp;</p>