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Review of the 5th framework for public libraries in Wales (July 2015 - March 2016)

The Museums, Archives and Libraries Division of the Welsh Government has appointed Claire Creaser, Director of LISU, as independent adviser for the 5th framework of the Welsh Public Library Framework (WPLS). Claire will be contributing to the assessment of the 2014-15 returns and will chair the WPLS Reference Group. As an independent adviser, Claire will produce the individual authority reports bilingually and draft other related paperwork as well as participate in feedback seminars to discuss the key points regarding performance for the year. 

Outstanding paper of the year! (July 2015)

Working together: Library value at the University of Nottingham has been awarded Outstanding Paper in the 2015 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence by the journal’s editorial team.

The purpose of this paper is to bring together the findings of two studies investigating the value of academic libraries to teaching and research staff in higher education institutions. The Working Together (WT) project was an international study, funded by SAGE Publishing, investigating the value of academic libraries for teaching and research staff in the USA, UK and Scandinavia. The Raising Academic Impact (RAI) project was an initiative of the University of Nottingham (UoN) aimed at increasing the impact of academic librarians in departments across the university by assessing perception and awareness of current library services and future needs of academic staff

The paper is freely accessible until May 2016.

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As Chair of the expert panel, Claire Creaser participated in the launch of the Report of Expert Review of Public Libraries in Wales (22 Oct 2014)

Launch of expert review of public libraries in Wales
Claire Creaser (Director of LISU), Ken Skates (Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport
and Tourism) and members of the expert panel

Report of Expert Review of Public Libraries in Wales is now available (Oct 2014)

Expert Review of Welsh Public Libraries report This review looked at the role of libraries in Welsh communities and how services are delivered across Wales. The report includes recommendations covering:

  • managing change
  • strategic improvements
  • future models of service delivery

Claire Creaser, Director of LISU, chaired the panel that was established to carry out the review.
More information

Fines and Charges in Public Libraries in England and Wales (Aug 2014)
The 27th edition of this informative publication is now available and includes up-to-date information from 174 library authorities, giving details of the charges made and concessions available. More information

Impact of Library Discovery Technologies presentation (Apr 2014)
Valérie Spezi, who was part of the team who worked on this resource discovery study, recently presented at the 2014 UKSG Conference, giving details of the project and sharing the findings.

More information about the study.

National survey of visually impaired young people (Mar 2014)
LISU and The Reading Agency have been asked by RNIB to find out about the difference that reading makes to the lives of blind and partially sighted young people. To do this, visually impaired 11 to 14 year olds have been asked to fill in a short online survey about the reading that they do for pleasure (in their own time and outside of school) and what this reading means to them.

The results will help to ensure that the things young people want to read are available in the right formats.

Welsh Library Services Review panel (Feb 2014)
Members of the panel that has been established to review library services in Wales has been announced by the Minister for Culture and Sport, John Griffiths. More information
The panel will be chaired by Claire Creaser, Director of LISU. Press release

Impact of reading for visually impaired young people (Sept 2013 - May 2014)
LISU and The Reading Agency have been commissioned by RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) to find out what reading for pleasure means to blind and partially sighted young people. More information

Office move
LISU has moved offices, we are now situated in the Facilities Management Building. Directions and map.

Article on Regulating Internet Access and Content in UK Public Libraries
published online September 2013 - Journal of Librarianship and Information Science (MAIPLE project).

Impact of Library Discovery Technologies (July - Oct 2013)
LISU worked with the Centre for Information Science and Evidence Base (Birmingham City University) on this project, funded by Jisc and UKSG. It sought to establish the extent to which changes in usage statistics for electronic resources may be attributed to the introduction of resource discovery tools. More information

Accessibility of top 1000 titles of 2012 (July 2013)
RNIB has commissioned research into the availability of accessible versions of the most popular books in the UK. In 2012, 84 per cent of the top 1,000 titles, the most popular books, were available in braille, audio and large print formats using accessible eBooks. More information

Development of a new quality framework for Welsh public libraries (Jun 2013 - Mar 2014)
LISU is delighted to announce that it has won a bid to develop a new quality framework for Welsh public libraries. The project will be led by LISU, in close collaboration with Dr Mark Hepworth, and will run from June 2013 to December 2013. This new project follows on an options appraisal of quality frameworks that Claire Creaser, Valérie Spezi and Mark Hepworth produced for CyMAL in March 2013. The new framework will build on the recommendations of the LISU report. More information

Mary Ashworth

Mary Ashworth retires (Apr 2013)
After almost 22 years working for LISU, Mary has decided to retire to spend more time in her garden and with her grandchildren. All the LISU team wish her well and will miss her enormously.

LISU in the future (Dec 2012)
Following a strategic review of activities in information management, information science and information systems, the University has approved the establishment of a Centre for Information Science to be based in the School of Business and Economics. LISU and its staff will move to the new Centre in 2013, and will continue to engage actively in research and consultancy for information, academic and cultural services. Our current range of activities will continue, and we expect to expand the range of projects we are able to undertake, by drawing on the expertise of staff from the Centre, the School, and the University as a whole.

Quality frameworks for public sector library provision in Wales – an options appraisal (Nov 2012 - March 2013)
LISU has been commissioned by CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales,  a division of the Welsh Government, to produce an options appraisal of potential quality frameworks to inform development in this area from 2014 onwards. More information

Who Else Writes Like coverWho Else Writes Like...? A readers' guide to fiction authors - 7th edition now available (Nov 2012)
This popular reference guide and reading tool has now been updated and contains over 2,040 authors with up to twelve alternative writers. It is designed to answer the perennial question: "I've read all the books by this author - who else writes like that?". More information

Impact of reading for blind and partially sighted adults (Oct 2012)
LISU and The Reading Agency were commissioned by RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) to find out what reading for pleasure means to blind and partially sighted adults. A report on this study is now available. More information

Working together: evolving value for academic libraries (July 2012)
A report on this study, which investigated the value of academic libraries for teaching and research staff, is now available to download.

Fines and Charges (June 2012)
LISU is pleased to announce that it is to take over the compilation and publication of the annual report Fines and Charges in Public Libraries in England and Wales from The Information Partnership for South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire (SINTO), with immediate effect.

Leo Kearns and Janet Harrison as launchIrish Health Libraries: new directions report launched 26 January 2012Janet Harrison
The report of an important study, undertaken by LISU and Dr Janet Harrison, has been launched by Leo Kearns, CEO of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, at a reception hosted by the Dublin Dental Hospital.
The study explored the status of health libraries and librarianship in Ireland, and made recommendations for the future development of the sector. More information and to download the report.


Press Releases

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27th edition of Fines and Charges in Public Libraries in England and Wales
Aug 2014

Libraries expert to Chair new Welsh library services review panel
Feb 2014

Library services review panel members announced
Feb 2014

Impact of Library Discovery Technologies
Dec 2013

26th edition of Fines and Charges in Public Libraries in England and Wales
Aug 2013

Online guide helps readers discover new authors
May 2013

Who Else Writes Like...? aims to widen your literary horizons
Nov 2012

Impact of reading for blind and partially sighted adults
Oct 2012

Fines and Charges in Public Libraries in England and Wales
Sept 2012

Sage report on study into the value of academic libraries for teaching and research staff is now available
June 2012

LISU to take over Fines and Charges in Public Libraries in England and Wales
June 2012

Sage launches search for outstanding library-academic partnerships in Higher Education
20 January 2012

New online guide helps children explore the world of reading
25 October 2011

Helping Children Explore the World of Reading
20 July 2011

PEER Behavioural Research: Baseline report on authors and users vis-a-vis journals and repositories now available
1 February 2010

Libraries and community health: new research project launches
18 January 2010

New online guide inspires everyone to try a new author
14 January 2010

Average academic book price report re‑launched
October 2009

Sunday Opening
January 2009

New guide aims to widen your literary horizons
November 2008

Public Library Materials Fund and Budget Survey (pdf 35KB)
November 2008

Average academic book price increase below inflation
September 2007

Helping children explore the world of reading
April 2007

Trends in Scholarly Journal Prices 2000‑2006
April 2007

New Director for LISU — Claire Creaser (pdf 68KB)
March 2007

LISU Director retires (pdf 44KB)
February 2007

A Survey of Library Services to Schools and Children in the UK 2005‑06 (pdf 196KB)
December 2006

LISU Annual Library Statistics (pdf 80KB)
November 2006


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