ERIC Number: ED452346
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Libraries: Learning Places of Choice. The Response of the Library and Information Commission [to]"The Learning Age: A Renaissance for a New Britain." Policy Paper.
Library and Information Commission, London (England).
The Library and Information Commission believes that libraries can make a unique contribution to making the vision of lifelong learning a reality in the United Kingdom. Libraries and information services are intimately related to learner needs and already serve as gateways to learning by providing learners with learning materials and personal support and by championing learners in developing individual competence. Libraries should be positioned at the heart of the learning age and supported by evidence-based approaches to show libraries as catalysts for learning. The commission is well placed to help the government develop the policies and programs required for the United Kingdom to play a leading role in the global information economy. The commission supports the following key themes from recent policy consultation papers: libraries must be seen more widely as part of the mosaic of local and national provision; public libraries complement formal educational provision by providing a resource base and a platform for people of all ages to participate in lifelong learning; public libraries have a key role to play in stimulating a personal thirst for learning and self-improvement and helping to create an informed and information technology-literate society; and libraries can play a major role in widening access to essential services. (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Agency Role, Cooperative Planning, Delivery Systems, Educational Cooperation, Educational Opportunities, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Independent Study, Information Services, Librarians, Libraries, Library Associations, Library Services, Lifelong Learning, Policy Formation, Position Papers, Public Agencies, Public Policy, Systems Approach, Technological Literacy, User Needs (Information)
For full text: http://www.lic.gov.uk/publications/responses/learningage.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Library and Information Commission, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom