The School Library Data Group (SLDG), a sub-group of the Great School Libraries Campaign, has received a grant from the Foyle Foundation to undertake a major survey of UK school library provision.
The SLDG did not reveal the size of the grant but said it will use the money to measure the existing level of provision in schools and track any changes. The group will also report on case studies within school libraries that have a positive impact on pupils.
The Great School Libraries Campaign was launched in September by the School Library Association (SLA), CILIP and CILIP’s School Libraries Group, who want to make libraries a statutory requirement in schools. They also want to secure funding for school libraries, produce a national framework for school libraries and ensure libraries are recognised within the Ofsted framework.
The campaign will last for three years and is sponsored by library suppliers Peters.
The Foyle Foundation is an independent grantmaking trust that distributes grants to UK charities via its Main Grants Scheme (covering charities whose core work deals with arts and learning), the Foyle School Library Scheme and the Small Grants Scheme.