The Bookseller, with sponsor Overdrive and partner The Reading Agency (TRA), is launching a Libraries of the Year focus, to highlight the work libraries do to encourage reading, improve literacy and provide access to books.
Libraries of the Year 2018 will be announced today (11th April) at the Overdrive Conference. Working with TRA, The Bookseller will solicit submissions from public libraries of all sizes, and then produce detailed case studies on 10 libraries. These will form a basis of a report, to be distributed to 4,000 UK libraries, MPs and advisory bodies, on the value libraries play in their communities. Additionally, The Bookseller will hold a discussion with the 10 libraries, with one of them to be named Library of the Year.
Nigel Roby, publisher and chief executive of The Bookseller, said: “Libraries are essential to society and one of the ways in which their benefit can be championed is for best practices to be showcased. This will give libraries up and down the UK an extra activity-based resource to support their calls for proper library provision.”
Johanna Brinton, business development manager at Overdrive, said: “We are delighted at the opportunity to support this award. Libraries are essential to the fabric of our society and we fully support their mission.”