The Sieghart Report has been published by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in the UK and much of it resonates with our situation in Australia. From the foreword, '... not enough decision makers at national or local level appear sufficiently aware of the remarkable and vital value that a good library service can offer modern communities of every size and character.'
The report makes three recommendations:
1. The provision of a national digital resource for libraries, to be delivered in partnership with local authorities.
2. The setting up of a task and finish force, led by local government, in partnership with other bodies involved in the library sector, to provide a strategic framework for England, and to help in implementing the following.
3. The task force, to work with local authorities, to help them improve, revitalise and if necessary, change their local library service, while encouraging, appropriate to each library, increased community involvement.