Asset transfer in libraries

Forbes, Deborah, Nichols, Geoff, Findlay-King, Lindsay and Macfadyen, Gordon (2015) Asset transfer in libraries. In: 2015 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference, 8 - 9 September 2015, Leeds.

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Abstract

This paper explores the transfer of six libraries from local government control to management and delivery by volunteers; termed ‘asset transfer’. The catalyst for transfer was cuts to local government budgets. Campaigning groups opposing closure had to quickly change to ones capable of adopting a new legal entity, preparing a business plan, running a facility and delivering a library service. This could be considered as pressurised associative democracy. A positive outcome has been the greater responsiveness to local needs. A concern is the sustainability of these transfers, in terms of volunteer commitment and long-term economic viability. Transfer of these facilities represents a transformation of the library service, but this may only be possible in areas where volunteers have high levels of social capital.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Lindsay Findlay-King
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2015 10:27
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2015 10:27
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/24210

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