Ed Vaizey asks for a 'clear strategy' for libraries implementing e-lending
The UK’s culture minister has announced that libraries need to coordinate a strategy that makes sure that they take full advantage of e-lending services.
Ed Vaizey, minister for culture, communications and creative industries, has said that libraries in England need to be seen doing more to promote the use and availability of e-lending.
He said a “clear strategy” was needed before e-lending became available in libraries across England.
To many in the top levels of government, the adoption of new technologies in libraries is key to their survival in the current climate of austerity and public sector budget cuts.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said that English libraries need to “wake up to the world of new technology” if they are to have a chance at remaining active.
In response to the pressure, Vaizey launched a review last month focusing on e-lending systems in libraries. The review panel is being led by Forward Publishing’s William Sieghart.
The culture minister said the review will ensure that “public libraries and their users, authors and publishers can all benefit as this fledgling service grows”.