A cautious welcome for the MLA's report into procurement--but the public must demand better libraries

<p>The (in)efficient running of the library service is back in the spotlight as the long-awaited report from the Museum, Libraries&amp;Achives Council into procurement surfaces. The headline finding is that better procurement can lead to savings of &#163;22m a year, which can then be reinvested into improving local libaries.</p><p>The report proposes three basic changes: an eMarketplace enabling automatic selection of the best supplier for any given book; a national commissioning function running the eMarketplace; and regional clusters of libraries providing bibliographic services. Overall...

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