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MLA's Publications

Most MLA publications, whether books, leaflets or reports, are available online on this website, as well as being available in hard copy format.

To order printed copies of our publications please email your request to MLA's distributor, Central Books.

For further information on any of our publications, please email MLA's Information Officer, Viola Lewis or telephone +44 (0)20 7273 1458.

MLA also maintains an extensive backlist of the publications of the two organisations it replaced: the Museums & Galleries Commission (MGC) and the Library and Information Commission.

The People's Network: Moving ForwardNew Publication

The People's Network project has seen the introduction of 32,000 new computers giving free or low cost internet access in public libraries. The People's Network: Moving Forward reports the impact of the project's first full year.

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The People's Network: Moving Forward PDF version

Space for Learning: A Handbook for Education Spaces in Museums, Heritage Sites and Discovery CentresNew Publication

This handbook aims to take the haphazardness out of the development of these spaces. It aims to inform, educate, advise and support staff, policy-makers, funders, architects and designers and to enable them to create high-quality, desirable spaces for learners of all ages, whatever their budgets.

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Space for Learning PDF version

Investing in KnowledgeNew Publication

MLA’s five-year vision for museums, libraries and archives anticipates open access to the nation’s knowledge banks. It will enable every citizen to become involved in the exploration of the past and the invention of the future, giving everyone the access to information they need to shape their lives.

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Investing in Knowledge pdf version

Listening to the Past, Speaking to the FutureNew Publication

The report of the Archives Task Force: Listening to the Past, Speaking to the Future is the result of an 18-month investigation presented to government and key policymakers into how UK archives can be better understood, looked after and used.

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Listening to the Past, Speaking to the Future  pdf version

What did you learn at the museum today? New Publication

This report describes the outcomes and impact of the Renaissance in the Regions education programmes delivered by the 36 museums in the Phase 1 Hubs between the beginning of August and the end of October 2003. It shows an impressive increase of 28% in school visits to museums as a result of this investment, and how a high number of these schools are located in some of the most deprived wards in England.

Executive Summary

Executive Summary (PDF 373KB)format: pdf v.1.4
Executive Summary (Word 1.6MB)format: doc

Full Report

Please note: Due to the large file size, this report has been broken down into 4 parts.

Part 1 (PDF 1.5MB)format: pdf v.1.4
Part 2 (PDF 835KB)format: pdf v.1.4
Part 3 (PDF 2.5MB)format: pdf v.1.4
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Front cover of 'What did you learn at the museum today? '

The Disability Portfolio

The Disability Portfolio is a collection of 12 guides on how best to meet the needs of disabled people as users and staff in museums, archives and libraries. It gives invaluable advice, information and guidance to help overcome barriers and follow good practice.

1. Disability in Context: (PDF 215KB)format: pdf v.1.4
2. Meeting Disabled People: (PDF 98KB)format: pdf v.1.4
3. Training for Equality: (PDF 87KB)format: pdf v.1.4
4. Audits: (PDF 90KB)format: pdf v.1.4
5. The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) (PDF 105KB)format: pdf v.1.4
6. Inclusive Information (PDF 157KB) format: pdf v.1.4
7. Using Technology (PDF 92KB)format: pdf v.1.4
8. Access on a Shoestring (PDF 91KB) format: pdf v.1.4
9. Accessible Environments (PDF 346KB)format: pdf v.1.4
10. Outreach and Partnerships (PDF 376KB)format: pdf v.1.4
11. Consulting Disabled People (PDF 205KB)format: pdf v.1.4
12. Employment at Every Level (PDF 229KB)format: pdf v.1.4

Alternative versions:

The Disability Portfolio is available free from mo@centralbooks.com for museums, archives and libraries and disabled people working in the sector, in print (12 point clear print) ; large print (15 point); audio cassette and braille (both with brief descriptions). The cost is £25 for other organisations and individuals. Contact Sahar Vagan, sahar.vagan@mla.gov.uk, tel: 020 7273 1445.

Further information:

Disability Portfolio Leaflet: PDF (1.1MB)format: pdf v.1.4 Word (175KB)format: doc

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Cover picture of the Disability Portfolio Boxed Set

Annual Review 2002/03

MLA's Annual Review 2002/03 details the achievements, events and programmes by museums, libraries and archives over this financial year.

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MLA Annual Review 2002/03

Access to Archaeological ArchivesNew Publication

This report seeks to define the costs associated with the storage of, and provision of access to, archaeological archives in museums, for the financial year 2002-03. Range statements were used to define levels of provision and a simple questionnaire to record costs. A total of 12 museums made up the sample for the study, which covered 22 buildings.

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Access to Archaeological Archives pdf version

Mapping of Current and Potential Initial Teacher Training Provider Involvement with Museums, Archives and Libraries

The Initial Teacher Training requirements have recently been modified to broaden the scope for teaching in settings other than schools. Resulting from this, MLA commissioned Information Management Associates (IMA) to explore existing and potential relationships between ITT providers and Museums, Libraries and Archives in England. The results are reported here.

ITT Report (PDF 1.22MB)format: pdf v.1.4
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Mapping of Current and Potential Initial Teacher Training Provider Involvement with Museums, Archives and Libraries pdf version

Annual Report of the Portable Antiquities Scheme

The Annual Report of the Portable Antiquities Scheme reviews the events of 2001/02-2002/03. This voluntary scheme records archaeological objects found by members of the public, by metal-detectors but also by people out walking, gardening or going about their daily work. Over the period of the report, 1,704 finders volunteered 49,590 objects for recording, a vital contribution to the existence of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

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Annual Report of the Portable Antiquities Scheme pdf version

WILIP: Summary Report and Next Steps

This is a summary of the outcomes of the first stage of WILIP: The Wider Information and Library Issues Project. The full story of WILIP to date is told in Full Report of the WILIP Consultation Exercise by Stuart Ede, available below. This document summarises the Full Report and then explains what will happen next.

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WILIP: Summary Report and Next Steps pdf version

Full Report of the WILIP Consultation Exercise

This is the full report of the outcomes of the first stage of WILIP: The Wider Information and Library Issues Project. Following the success of MLA’s work with public libraries, WILIP is MLA’s long-term commitment to improving services within the library and information community other than the public sector. This ranges from school, further and higher education libraries, through prison and workplace libraries to content providers such as print, digital and other media publishers and involves extensive consultation.

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Full Report of the WILIP Consultation Exercise pdf version

Renaissance News (Issue 2)

The latest updates from the Regions in the second issue of Renaissance News. Hear from the Hubs themselves as their education and outreach programmes unfold in Phase One of Renaissance funding, and read the case studies to illustrate this development.

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Renaissance News (Issue 2) pdf version

Resource News (Issue 6)

The latest issue of Resource News, published September 2003, gives updates on MLA's activities over the past few months. Articles on: Framework for the Future; the Wider Information Project; Designation; the Archives Task Force; the Disability Portfolio; Museum Registration; AIL; Regional Agencies; Renaissance News; and Workforce Development.

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MLA News (Issue 6) pdf version

Framework for the Future: Action Plan 2003-06

MLA has developed a three-year Action Plan for public libraries for 2003–06, in collaboration with a wide range of partners. Its aim is to help library services achieve the vision of the DCMS 2003 report: Framework for the Future: Libraries, Learning and Information in the Next Decade. The Action Plan presents a range of projects and programmes covering the three central themes for public libraries identified in the report: books, reading and learning; digital citizenship; and community and civic values.

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Framework for the Future: Action Plan 2003-06 pdf version.

 

Framework for the Future Leaflet

Better Public Libraries

A new report, published today by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and MLA, highlights how innovation and creativity in the design of public libraries is a key to bringing libraries into the 21st Century, making them more popular with the public.

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Better Public Libraries pdf version - Please note large file size, 2.4MB

Renaissance News

The first issue of Renaissance News, a quarterly newsletter, brings you reports about the Renaissance in the Regions initiative. It is intended to update you on what’s been happening so far and our plans for the next few months.

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Renaissance News pdf version

Race Relations Act: Internal Review

This report identifies which of MLA’s functions and policies are relevant to the general duty under the Race Relations Act (RRA), assesses whether these requirements are being met and makes recommendations for actions to ensure compliance with the RRA.

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Race Relations Act: Internal Review

Creating Access to the National Electronic Library for Health in Public Libraries

In 2001, MLA, in association with the Department of Health (DoH), commissioned the Centre for Information Research (CIRT) at the University for Central England in Birmingham (UCE) to undertake a project to create access to the National Electronic Library for Health (NeLH) in two case study public library authorities, investigating the demand for the service and patterns of use. The results can be found in this informative publication which suggests a number of ways in which health information might be provided more effectively in public libraries.

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Creating Access to the National Electronic Library for Health in Public Libraries pdf version

The Oxford and Cambridge University Museums: A Global Contribution to Widening Knowledge and Deepening UnderstandingNew Publication

This report explores the existing activity related to modern approaches to the delivery of museum services, the extent to which university museums are engaging in government priorities and their willingness to develop further in these areas.

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The Oxford and Cambridge University Museums: A Global Contribution to Widening Knowledge and Deepening Understanding

The Government Indemnity Scheme (GIS)

The GIS is a non-commercial insurance programme providing cost-free indemnity cover against loss or damage to works of art and objects on loan to non-national museums, galleries and libraries.

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Government Indemnity Scheme Leaflet - pdf version

Acceptance in Lieu Report 2002/03

This report details the works of art offered to the Acceptance in Lieu scheme in the year ending 31 March 2003. These magnificent treasures from Europe, Africa, Asia and America demonstrate the breadth and success of the AIL scheme and its ability to bring into the public domain items which were once private property.

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Acceptance in Lieu Report 2002/03

The People’s Network Toolkit

The People’s Network Toolkit has been designed to support libraries in the use of the People’s Network computer infrastructure, which now links more than 4,000 libraries across the country. The kit provides ideas and insights which can be applied through key principles to support individual libraries in the process of change. The kit has a chronological approach to facing relevant issues which can be worked through systematically, encouraging discussion and consultation.

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The People's Network Toolkit

Stewardship Resources on the Web

This report focuses on raising awareness of the role stewardship plays in ensuring the preservation of cultural material.

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Stewardship MLAs on the Web - click to download PDF version.

Designation Challenge Fund Report 1999-2002

This report focuses on the achievements of DCF between 1999 and 2002, during which period MLA distributed a total of £14.6 million to 62 museums. This levered an additional £5.9 million in support for projects.

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Designation Challenge Fund Report - click to download pdf version.

Feasibility study of access mapping

A report commissioned from the Cultural Heritage Consortium, looks at existing initiatives, identifies key issues and presents a definition of an access map. It makes some recommendations and includes a specification for an access map.

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Feasibility study of access mapping - pdf version

Portable Antiquities Scheme: Advice for Finders of Archaeological Objects

The Portable Antiquities Scheme was established to promote recording of archaeological objects found by the public and to broaden the awareness of these finds for understanding of our past.

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Portable Antiquities Scheme: Advice for Finders of Archaeological Objects

Archives in the Digital Age: A Study for Resource

The aim of the study is to provide information for Resource (now MLA) and the regional agencies on the current picture and an analysis of the specific needs of the archive domain. It was carried out through a combination of surveys, interviews and desk based research.

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Archives in the Digital Age: A Study for MLA (Word version)

Towards a Strategy for Workforce Development

'Towards a Strategy for Workforce Development' presents the findings of research conducted by Demos on behalf of MLA, the Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries. Demos was commissioned to carry out a mapping exercise and a stakeholder consultation to provide information to inform MLA's discussions about its role in building a new approach to workforce development in Museums, Archives and Libraries.

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Towards a Strategy for Workforce Development

School Libraries: The Design of a Model for Self-evaluation

This project aimed to produce draft self-evaluation models for primary and secondary school libraries, along with guidelines for their use. These were to be focused on learning and teaching outcomes and accessible to the broad range of staff who manage libraries in schools in England.

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School Libraries: The Design of a Model for Self-evaluation

Resource News

Resource News Issue 5 format: pdf v.1.4 published in April 2003, includes an article on gathering evidence across the sector of museums, archives and libraries, and among other items updates on Collections Care, Cornucopia, the Archives Task Force, People's Network, the Global Perspectives Conference, and Renaissance in the Regions.

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MLA News, Issue 5

Archives Task Force

The Archives Task Force has been set up to explore a range of key issues, including digitisation, funding, recruitment and training development, administrative support structures, raising awareness and increasing access to archives.

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Archives Task Force Leaflet pdf version

Libraries must also be buildings? New library impact study

The study was undertaken by the Centre for Public Libraries and Information in Society (CPLIS) in the Department of Information Studies at the University of Sheffield, and funded by MLA, the Council for Museums, Archives, and Libraries. It aims to assess the impact of a new library building on local communities, questioning the institution as a physical space and the role it plays in the wider community.

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* Please note that this document has a very large file size and will take a long time to download.

Libraries must also be buildings? New library impact study (Word version)

INFOSAVE: saving our national written heritage from the threat of acid deterioration

A key aim of the demonstrator project was to show that a project of mass deacidification for UK collections could be carried out, using a model technical specification.

The project has proved that material from the UK can be effectively selected, packaged and despatched to a variety of locations, and that the technical specification was sufficiently robust to achieve the desired results.

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INFOSAVE: saving our national written heritage from the threat of acid deterioration (pdf version).

Registration Scheme for Museums and Galleries: Registration Standard - draft for consultation

MLA has now issued a draft Registration standard for consultation, on which it is now inviting feedback. Comments are welcome from all with an interest in museums registration; please note in your comments which paragraph you are referring to.

Comments should be sent by email to: isobel.thompson@mla.gov.uk or by post to Isobel Thompson, Standards Policy Adviser, MLA, 16 Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1H 9AA. The closing date for comments is June 13th 2003.

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Registration Scheme for Museums and Galleries: Registration Standard - draft for consultation (pdf version)

Cynllun Cofrestru ar gyfer Amgueddfeydd ac Orielau: Safonau Cofrestru Drafft ar gyfer Ymgynghoriad

Comments should be sent by email to: isobel.thompson@mla.gov.uk or by post to Isobel Thompson, Standards Policy Adviser, MLA, 16 Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1H 9AA. The closing date for comments is June 13th 2003.

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Cynllun Cofrestru ar gyfer Amgueddfeydd ac Orielau: Safonau Cofrestru Drafft ar gyfer Ymgynghoriad (pdf version)

Collaborating Between Libraries and Education: Supporting the Learner

This research was conducted by the Centre for Information Research (CIRT) at the University of Central England (UCE). It investigates the impact of existing collaborative arrangements between libraries and institutions of education, identifies good practice where collaboration is effective in supporting learners, and recommends ways of establishing cross-sectoral collaborative arrangements. It draws on lessons learned to benefit learners in the future by establishing new partnerships.

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Collaborating Between Libraries and Education: Supporting the Learner (pdf version).

Overview of Collections Information and Advice in the Museums, Archives and Library Domains

These three reports have been written to determine the range of collections’ management information and advice available across the sector of museums, archives and libraries. The overview of each domain is a preliminary to a detailed feasibility study for setting up a central, national, cross-domain information and advisory service. Each report examines the views of those who make use of these resources, and those who provide them, exploring existing sources of information and identifying scope for further development.

Museums Domain

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Archives Domain

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Library Domain

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A Feasibility Study for the Establishment of a National Collections and Advice & Information Centre: Overview of museums domain (pdf version).

A Feasibility Study for the Establishment of a National Collections and Advice & Information Centre: Overview of archives domain (pdf version)

A Feasibility Study for the Establishment of a National Collections and Advice & Information Centre: Overview of library domain (pdf version).

Museum Registration Scheme

Since the Museum Registration Scheme was launched in 1988, more than 1860 museums and galleries have voluntarily pledged their commitment to meeting a minimum standard by joining the scheme. Registration is regarded as one of the most innovative and influential museum developments of the last 50 years, and the responsibility for maintaining the standard of Registered museums by updating requirements is one of MLA’s core roles.

English Version PDF (138KB) format: pdf v.1.4

Cliciwch yma er mwyn gweld y cyhoeddiad hwn yn y Gymraeg format: pdf v.1.4

Museum Registration Scheme

Cynllun Cofrestru Amgueddfeydd

The People's Network: A turning point for public libraries

The People’s Network is the major government-led initiative bringing internet access and online services to the whole UK population, with over 30,000 terminals installed in more than 4000 libraries, bringing information technology and reader development work in libraries together for the first time. The People’s Network: A turning point for public libraries, researched and written by Professor Peter Brophy, is an early assessment of the impacts that this service is having on its users.

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The People's Network: A turning point for public libraries

The People's Network

Thanks to the People’s Network, over 30,000 computer terminals have been installed in more than 4000 libraries across the country, giving access to the internet for everyone, with trained staff on hand to offer support and advice.

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The People's Network

Start with the Child: The Needs and Motivations of Young People

Commissioned by MLA and The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, this report profiles the changing social, emotional, personal and cultural needs of young people by investigating their needs, motivations and attitudes. This information will be used by museums, archives and libraries to inform a review of library provision for young people.

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Start with the Child: The Needs and Motivations of Young People

Annual Review 2001/02

MLA's first Annual Review details the achievements, events and programmes across the sector of museums, archives and libraries since the council was set up in April 2000. Illustrations and case studies annotate the significant contributions each domain has made to learning and inclusion and to social and economic development, with the aid of MLA's unified source of strategic advice.

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MLA Annual Review 2001/02

Conservation Awards Despatch

The Pilgrims Trust Conservation Awards are the UK's premier scheme to reward excellence in preserving our heritage - open to conservators for completed projects on individual artefacts, museum collections, historic buildings and library and archival treasures.

In a ceremony at the British Library, conservator Ian Clark and the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport were awarded the Pilgrim Trust Award for Conservation 2002 for their work in 'placing conservation at the very heart of the museum'.

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Conservation Awards Despatch

New Regional Agencies

MLA's commitment to establishing nine Regional Agencies by April 2004 is underway with five already in existence across the country. MLA believes that this new infrastructure for a collective voice among the museums, archives and libraries sector will enhance learning and social and economic development in line with the Government's regional agenda.

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New Regional Agencies for Museums, Archives and Libraries

Inspiring Learning for All

A new learning and access framework will draw on current best practice to help museums, archives and libraries reach new audiences and improve opportunities for all. MLA hopes that its initiative will increase collaboration between the domains, and will encourage the development of accessible and inclusive collections.

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Inspiring Learning for All

International Activity

International Activity: A Strategic Plan for Action format: pdf v.1.4 documents MLA's commitment to the international agenda within the museums, archives and libraries sector, defining priorities and actions for the future. It is a follow-up to A Framework for MLA's International Activity 2001/2 format: pdf v.1.4 and is published as a result of collaboration with a range of partner organisations in the International Strategy Steering Group.

International Activity: A Strategic Plan for Action

Sharing Skills

Sharing Skills: An Evaluation format: pdf v.1.4 Following an initial three-year period of funding by the Millennium Commission, the Sharing Museum Skills Millennium Awards scheme (SMSMA) was evaluated by a research consortium. Sharing Skills - An Evaluation documents the outcome, defining the benefits of secondments within the museum sector, and identifying future priorities for this effective initiative.

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Sharing Skills: An Evaluation

Resource News

Resource News issue 4 format: pdf v.1.4 published in July 2002, includes a feature on MLA’s work to increase access to museums, archives and libraries for disabled people and an article on the role MLA is playing in raising the profile of archives. Resource News 4 also includes information on MLA's regional work, the Portable Antiquities Scheme, the impact of the People's Network, an update on the Registration Scheme and many other areas of MLA's work.

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MLA News, issue 4

Acceptance in Lieu Report 2000/02

This report of the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme covers the two years ended 31 March 2001 and 31 March 2002. In these two years, the first two since MLA came into existence, the Acceptance in Lieu Panel has played a major role in advising Government on those offers that should be accepted, encouraging new offers and putting forward to Ministers recommendations on where the items, once accepted, should be allocated. The results are set out in this report.

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Acceptance in Lieu Report 2000/02

Volunteers in the Cultural Sector

MLA commissioned the Institute of Volunteering Research to develop a demographic profile of volunteers in museums, archives and libraries in England. The final report and appendices are available PDF and Word formats from the Leadership section.

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Volunteers in the Cultural Sector (available in PDF & Word formats)

Neighbourhood Renewal & Social Inclusion: The Role of Museums, Archives and Libraries

Now available online (PDF 2.7MB) format: pdf v.1.4

(Please note: because the file size is large it may take several minutes to download)

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Neighbourhood Renewal & Social Inclusion: The Role of Museums, Archives and Libraries (PDF 2.7MB)

Benchmarks in Collection Care for Museums, Archives and Libraries

Stewardship is central to the development and use of collections, and lies at the foundation of MLA's ambition to ensure sustainable access to our cultural heritage for all. In recognition of this MLA has developed this handbook, which sets out clear and realistic benchmarks for museum, archive and library collections.
Benchmarks in Collection Care (PDF 380KB) format: pdf v.1.3. is a self-assessment checklist to help organisations in the sector identify how well they are caring for their collections, give an indication of where and what improvements might be needed, and provide a practical framework for measuring future progress.

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Benchmarks in Collection Care for Museums, Archives and Libraries (PDF 380KB)

Resource News

Resource News issue 3 format: pdf published in March 2002, includes features and articles on a number of MLA's key projects, including Renaissance in the Regions, the People's Network, our international strategy and the learning and access framework. It sets these current activities within the framework of the MLA annual workplan for 2002/03, and includes contact details for staff working on each activity featured.

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MLA News, issue 3

Renaissance in the Regions Leaflet

The recommendations in Renaissance in the Regions format: pdf present a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to modernise, revitalise and transform them, and to fully harness their potential for learning, for social inclusion, for creativity and for economic and social regeneration. The leaflet explains the proposals, the benefits, the funding and next steps to achieve these aims.

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Renaissance in the Regions Leaflet

The Mark of Success

MLA reviews Designation format: pdf and makes a case for archives and libraries. The Designation Scheme was launched in 1997 with the aim of identifying and celebrating the pre-eminent collections of national and international importance held in England's non-national museums. The Scheme has been continued as part of the MLA remit and to date includes collections held in 62 museums.

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The Mark of Success

Resource News

Resource News, issue two format: pdf features the main findings of the Regional Museums Task Force report, Renaissance in the Regions; developments in the archive world; the Designation Scheme Review; People's Network news; regional funding; Sharing Museums Skills Millennium Awards; lifelong learning initiatives; learning and access strategy; Registration Scheme update; Stewardship Strategy; leadership and training news; consultation responses and new publications.

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MLA News, issue 2

Renaissance in the Regions: a new vision for England's Museums

During 2000 concerns were expressed by the press and by leading figures in the art world about the state of major regional museums and galleries. In parallel with this the Department for Culture Media and Sport and MLA carried out analyses of the issue. Both concluded that there were a number of problems that needed to be addressed if the major regional museums were to make a full contribution to meeting local, regional and national policy goals.
In December 2000 Chris Smith, then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, announced the formation of a Task Force, chaired by MLA Chairman Lord Evans, to report to government on how the problems identified might best be tackled.
The report of the Task Force format: pdfwas launched on 23 October 2001 and copies were sent to a wide range of stakeholders including all Registered museums.

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Renaissance in the Regions: a new vision for England's museums

Developing the 21st Century Archive

Developing the 21st Century Archive - An Action Plan for United Kingdom Archive format: pdf sets out MLA’s agenda for archives, drawing together the commitments and tasks of importance to archives, reflecting and addressing those issues which archive professionals and users have said are their main concerns. MLA’s Action Plan identifies key action lines that will enable archives to begin to develop on equal terms with museums and libraries, to enable them to realise their full potential, to contribute to key Government agendas, and to enrich the lives of a wide variety of users.

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Developing the 21st Century Archive

Building on Success

Building on Success - An Action Plan for Public Libraries format: pdf draws together the various commitments and tasks of importance to libraries already set out in MLA’s Annual Workplan for 2001/02, and identifies a number of additional activities that could form the basis for MLA's future public libraries work.

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Building on Success: An Action Plan for  Public Libraries

ICT Strategy

The ICT Strategy pdf file presents a strategic framework for the future of ICT with museums, archives and libraries, and provides a bridge between strategy and action. The plan will be important in directing the work of MLA and in creating a communications channel with other key players in the sector.

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ICT Strategy

Learning and Access Strategy

The Learning and Access Strategy pdf file will help museums, archives and libraries to support lifelong learning, social change and community development; improve the quality and range of services provided; attract and sustain new users; provide advice on best practice for issues relating to, education, access, social inclusion and cultural diversity.

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Learning & Access Strategy

Resource News

Resource News format: pdf is designed to keep you up to date with all the latest information from MLA. You can read it online by clicking on the cover image, but if you prefer to receive a printed copy, please contact Viola Lewis at MLA to be added to our mailing list.

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MLA News, issue 1

Visitors to Museums & Galleries in the UK

Visitors to Museums and Galleries in the UK format: pdf is the second in a series of reports commissioned from MORI to investigate the profile on visitors to the United Kingdom's museums and galleries. It has now been published by MORI on behalf of MLA.

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MORI report: Visitors to Museums & Galleries in the UK

The International Framework

The International Framework format: pdf sets out MLA’s short-term framework for international activity over the period 2001/2002. It has been developed in consultation with some of our key partners.

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International Framework

Annual Workplan & Budget 2001/2002

MLA's vision is that museums, archives and libraries belong at the very heart of people’s lives – contributing to their enjoyment and inspiration, cultural values,
learning potential, economic prosperity and social equity.
The Annual Workplan & Budget format: pdf is designed to realize that vision. It builds upon MLA’s objectives and core values in order to achieve it.

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Annual Workplan & Budget 2001/02

The Disability Directory

The Disability Directory format: pdf provides guidance for museums and galleries on how to improve their services for all disabled people. It outlines the principles which should underpin best practice, contains practical advice and provides extensive contacts lists.

Please note: the PDF document is large may take several minutes to download. We hope to put an accesible version of this publication on the website in the future.

In the meantime, if you are a reader with visual impairment, go to Access Adobe site http://access.adobe.com/simple_form.html to have the PDF document instantly converted and shown in your browser as HTML, for your speech reader to interpret (you will need to supply the full URL of the document).

See also: Library Services for Visually Impaired People: A Manual of Best Practice

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Disability Directory

Resource Manifesto

MLA was launched as Resource in April 2000.

Resource's aims and objectives are contained within its original Manifesto, which sets out its agenda for the future. As part of the consultation process for Resource, a consultation paper was distributed to museums, archives, libraries and related organisations. Summaries of the responses are posted on this website.

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MLA Manifesto

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