‘Comprehensive and Efficient’ Checklist

A few weeks ago we made a Freedom of Information request to see briefing notes and the presentation given to Doncaster Council by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. The MLA obliged. Below is a ‘comprehensive and efficient’ checklist that the MLA recommend councils conduct before they look at closing libraries or giving them over to communities. By the looks of it, Doncaster Council has almost completely failed to meet the requirements:

The statutory requirement of the Public Libraries Act to deliver a ‘comprehensive and efficient’ library service. This requires understanding of:

  • The council’s local priorities and financial constraints
  • The profile and needs of different local communities
  • Delivery models and best practice from elsewhere
  • Comparative impact of alternative approaches to delivering the service

What resources are available and how does this match the needs?

  • Have you analysed and considered need and demand?
    specific needs of adults and young people?; all ages? (and what contribution are communities able and willing to make?)
  • What are the needs of those living and working and studying in the area?
  • How accessible will the service be- transport / physical access?
  • Have the communities been consulted? How?
  • What are the views of users / what do we know re views of non users?
  • Have you done an Equality Impact Assessment?
  • What implications are there for other strategies – info from other partners?
  • Are there other partnerships that can be tapped into?
  • Will the service be adequate – how can it be better used?

How efficient is the current service?

  • Are the buildings fit for purpose in terms of access, condition etc?
  • Can the facilities be used more flexibly?
  • What other delivery partnerships could be formed inside and outside Doncaster? (Y&H/other similar authorities)
  • Who else is serving the needs of the target communities?
  • Is the current mode of delivery both meeting the demand and cost efficient?
  • Is a physical presence needed?
  • What is being done to encourage use (and maximise income?)
  • What scope is there for combining services?

What resources are available and how does this match the needs?

 

 

  •  

Have you analysed and considered need and demand?

- specific needs of adults and young people?; all ages?

(and what contribution are communities able and willing to make?)

  •  

What are the needs of those living and working and studying in the area?

  •  

How accessible will the service be- transport / physical access?

  •  

Have the communities been consulted? How?

  •  

What are the views of users / what do we know re views of non users?

  •  

Have you done an Equality Impact Assessment?

  •  

What implications are there for other strategies – info from other partners?

  •  

Are there other partnerships that can be tapped into?

  •  

Will the service be adequate – how can it be better used?

 

 

How efficient is the current service?

 

 

  •  

Are the buildings fit for purpose in terms of access, condition etc?

  •  

Can the facilities be used more flexibly?

  •  

What other delivery partnerships could be formed inside and outside Doncaster? (Y&H/other similar authorities)

  •  

Who else is serving the needs of the target communities?

  •  

Is the current mode of delivery both meeting the demand and cost efficient?

  •  

Is a physical presence needed?

  •  

What is being done to encourage use (and maximise income?)

  •  

What scope is there for combining services?

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3 Responses to ‘Comprehensive and Efficient’ Checklist

  1. Ian Anstice says:

    “Is a physical presence needed?” – Um, uh…

  2. “What are the views of users”!!?? Shame the MLA do not practice what they preach. They have called public outcry about the plans in Glos, over 15,000 of whom signed our petition, not “real people” and our emails are being ignored. It is all just hot air. They nor the DCMS are holding any authorities to their checklist or to statutory obligations.

    http://foclibrary.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/mla-and-gcc-say-friends-of-gloucestershire-libraries-are-not-real-people/

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