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Culture Grid opens up UK collections online

The Culture Grid has successfully drawn together over one million items from collections across the UK's museums, galleries, libraries and archives. The Culture Grid offers cost-effective means of sharing collections and potential opportunities for the sector to generate income.

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Culture Minister launches support programme for libraries

A new support programme that will secure a place for public libraries at the heart of the Big Society was unveiled by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey today.

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Sharper Investment for Changing Times

Sharper Investment for Changing Times calls for more creative planning to ensure that the public get the most out of the £2bn-plus that national and local government invest in museums, libraries and archives.

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Libraries support Race Online

Public libraries are off the starting blocks in the race to get every UK citizen online by 2012. The MLA welcomes the publication of the Race Online 'Networked Nation' manifesto.

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Libraries' role in 2012 volunteering

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Libraries will be part of the London 2012 volunteer programme, Games Maker. A programme which is set to be the largest post-war volunteer recruitment campaign in the UK looking for up to 70,000 dedicated and inspirational volunteers representative of the diversity of London and the UK for a wide variety of roles.

MLA pledge a smooth transition

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Responding to the announcement that the MLA is to be wound up by April 2012, Sir Andrew Motion and Roy Clare pledge a smooth and orderly transition to deliver the best possible future for museums, libraries and archives across England and for the communities who expect to use them.

The Culture Grid has successfully drawn together over one million items from collections across the UK's museums, galleries, libraries and archives. The Culture Grid offers cost-effective means of sharing collections and potential opportunities for the sector to generate income.

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Museums and archives are helping school-aged pupils to develop literacy skills with inspiration from their collections, supported by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council’s (MLA) Strategic Commissioning Workforce Skills programme.

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Libraries will be part of the London 2012 volunteer programme, Games Maker. A programme which is set to be the largest post-war volunteer recruitment campaign in the UK looking for up to 70,000 dedicated and inspirational volunteers representative of the diversity of London and the UK for a wide variety of roles.

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Responding to the announcement that the MLA is to be wound up by April 2012, Sir Andrew Motion and Roy Clare pledge a smooth and orderly transition to deliver the best possible future for museums, libraries and archives across England and for the communities who expect to use them.

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To limit the risks to providers of public internet access of online copyright infringement, The MLA has produced a supportive template for museums, libraries and archives and urges the sector to respond to the current Ofcom consultation on the implementation of the Digital Economy Act by 31 July 2010.

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Public libraries are off the starting blocks in the race to get every UK citizen online by 2012. The MLA welcomes the publication of the Race Online 'Networked Nation' manifesto.

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One of the main factors in preventing timely access to collections held in archives is that good cataloguing, like any other worthwhile project, often takes time. Suffolk Record Office devised a scheme to tackle the backlog of material requiring cataloguing by setting up a volunteer programme.

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Count Me In 123 is a game-based learning resource developed for use in a variety of settings. Leeds Library has been using the service, in Partnership with Yorkshire Bank, since 2005 with much success. The games are designed to engage with children from an early age and familiarise them with mathematical concepts and ideas through stories and rhymes

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Instead of closures, Greenwich Council looked at options for new models to maintain its leisure service provision. It decided to opt for a not for profit ‘leisure trust’ which worked to a social agenda, and is now designed to be appropriate for each locality it has expanded to.

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Museums in Norfolk are providing unemployed young people in Norfolk the opportunity to improve their skills and enhance their employment prospects with the support of Renaissance funding.

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In 1987 a complete review of the management of the unused Royal Palaces was undertaken culminating in the decision to create a single government agency responsible for them. The experience of the Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) is an example of a successful devolution from a collection of organisations to a single combined agency.

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As part of the new Galleries of Modern London launch the Museum of London set aside a proportion of the budget to the development of an iPhone app.

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Research is a vital part of the MLA's work, designed to produce the evidence to discover what impact our sector makes and what can be done differently.

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Our improvement and performance management resources have been developed within the context of the National Improvement and Efficiency Strategy which sets out how central and local government will support the local partnerships delivering outcomes for communities.

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It is important that museums, libraries and archives' role in building thriving communities is recognised and exploited

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Living Places is an alliance of public bodies, led by the MLA, aiming to ensure everyone should benefit from culture, regardless of where they live.

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We believe that for library services to navigate the economic difficulties ahead, and become as relevant for modern customers as they were for their ‘members’ of old, there needs to be nationally brokered change.

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MLA’s Designation Scheme identifies the pre-eminent collections of national and international importance held in England's non-national museums, libraries and archives.

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