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Laser Foundation Awards presented in 2005


Awards Made: Other Grants in 2005

  1. On the Road Again - the next e-innovations for public libraries
    Lead institution: Linda Berube, Regional Manager, Co-East
    Amount of award: £2,500

    Linda Berube has looked at the current state of electronic information and delivery in all its wide diversity and analyses how new and emerging technologies such as downloading, RSS, pod casting, VoIP and social bookmarking might be used by public libraries to enhance their role as public information creators, enablers and providers. She emphasises the importance of having the right infrastructures, policies and strategies in place to take advantage of these technologies so that public libraries can develop strongly in the 21st century.

    A Final Report is available for you to download and view in PDF format.

  2. A Research Study of 14-35 year olds for the Future Development of Public Libraries
    Lead institution: Define Research and Insight
    Amount of award: £25,000

    The Laser Foundation part-funded a qualitative study commissioned by DCMS and MLA of the views held by 14-35 year olds (users, lapsed users and non-users) about public libraries. Define Research and Insight spoke to a wide range of focus groups of young people across the country and their findings make for some alarming reading. Public libraries were found to have very little of interest for a great many young people who considered library buildings and their services to be boring, old fashioned and unattractive, full of people with whom they did not want to be identified. However, it is encouraging that views became much more positive when young people were introduced to libraries that had been modernised and brought up-to-date. Most popular were those places such as the Power House in Manchester that had planned and made specific provision for the needs of young people. The message is that if public libraries are to survive and thrive they must modernise and become more attractive. They can no longer rely on a one size fits all type of provision; above all they must plan their buildings and services around the needs of specific groups in the local community.

    The final report from Define was launched at a highly successful conference entitled Destination Unknown in central London on 19 June 2006. A highlight of the conference was a panel of young people who spoke frankly about their views of their local library. The Minister for Culture, David Lammy MP also attended; he chatted to the young people and pledged to the delegates his commitment to public libraries and their modernisation.

    A Final Report is available for you to download and view in PDF format.

    Presentations from Destinations Unknown conference at which the DEFINE report was launched. A summary presentation of the findings by Claire Vernon from DEFINE Research and Insight Ltd is available in PDF format.

    Also slides from Retail Theatre - Bringing the Brand to Live by Steve Phipps and Nandini Bala, Nike is also available in PDF format.

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