18 December 2014
The Publishers Association today welcomed the publication of William Sieghart’s Independent Library Report for England.
Commenting, Richard Mollet, Chief Executive of The PA, said:
“The Sieghart Report captures the vital importance of the public library service and the urgent need for action to sustain it. The PA fully supports the Report’s call for greater government funding, and its focus on the development of a national digital library network to help libraries provide new services and develop new audience.
“However, with the publication of the report coinciding with today’s announcement on local government budgets, it amplifies the need for policy and budget for public libraries to be brought together in one single Department.”
The Publishers Association
The Publishers Association is the leading trade organisation serving book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK. Membership comprises 114 companies from across the trade, academic and education sectors. Its core service is representation and lobbying, around copyright, rights and other matters relevant to members, who represent roughly 80% of the industry by turnover. www.publishers.org.uk.