Reading Agency and PA launch digital skills scheme

Reading Agency and PA launch digital skills scheme

The Reading Agency and the Publishers Association have launched a digital skills sharing programme for libraries, with the project to run until January 2013.

The project is funded by Arts Council England as part of its Library Development Initiative, with six skills-sharing teams to be established, pairing areas with publishers with the aim of swapping digital skills.

Gloucestershire is teamed with Bloomsbury, Granta and Profile; Halton and Lancashire with HarperCollins, Raintree with Faber; Leeds and Wakefield are with the Random House Group; South Tyneside is with Pan Macmillan, Headline and Canongate; Nottinghamshire is with Penguin and Hotkey Books; and three London boroughs are with Little, Brown and Hodder.

Reading Agency director Miranda McKearney said: "Libraries and publishers are living through a period of change which can be exhilarating or terrifying. The people involved in this programme are those who relish the challenge of the change, and are determined to harness the power of the digital explosion to reach new reading audiences.

"Bringing librarians and publishers together like this will be very powerful.”