Co-Operation Urged by Report

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"The concept of a learning society, central to Government policy, will not succeed without the cooperation of library and information services from all sectors."

This is the firm conclusion of the latest paper in the Issues in Focus series, published by LINC, the Library and Information Cooperation Council

"Co-operation through state-of-the-art-networks," the authors say, "will require considerable political will, within and beyond the library and information sector, at national and at local level."

Written by Karin Richter and Clare Nankivell, Issues in Focus No. 16 reports on the `People Flows' project, funded by the British Library Research and Innovation Centre as part of its library co-operation programme. The project, based at the centre for Information Research and Training, University of Central England, studied the cross-use of publicly funded libraries in Birmingham, Solihull and Sheffield.

Five central issues were identified: collections and other resources; finance; organising co-operation; service quality; and terms of trade. …