£3.4m to make libraries digital

Arts Council England is putting £3.4m into a platform to improve access to libraries’ collections, exhibitions and events across the UK.

The Single Digital Presence will be delivered by the British Library and will let libraries share content and resources with users around the world.

It will host library-curated content and services, promoting two-way traffic with local library websites and giving national visibility to local events and collections” said ACE’s CEO Darren Henley.  “As well as benefitting the whole country, this exciting new resource will be available to global audiences, so will have both national and international significance.”

This is the long-awaited second phase of the project following the research and consultation process of 2018-20. The new phase is the public-facing version, live-tested, with £1m ring-fenced for libraries in England to upgrade their IT capabilities.

“We warmly welcome this funding which will build on the success of British Library and public library partnerships such as the Living Knowledge Network and the Business & IP Centre National Network to develop a digital platform which promotes and supports public library services across the UK” said the British Library’s chief librarian, Liz Jolly. “This initiative marks a new phase of commitment by the British Library and ACE to work together strategically to support, strengthen and transform the public library sector.”



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