Public Libraries as Centres for Formal and Informal Learning

By Anne Goulding.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper will explore how public libraries are positioning themselves within the Government's learning and skills agenda by providing formal and informal learning opportunities.

Keywords: Public Libraries, Lifelong Learning, Community-based Learning

International Journal of Learning, Volume 12, Issue 9, pp.297-306. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 810.000KB).

Dr Anne Goulding

Anne Goulding was awarded her PhD in 1994 from Sheffield University for a study of public library support staff and their management. She also joined the Department of Information Science, Loughborough University in 1994, having been employed as a Research Associate at Leicester University immediately preceding her appointment. Anne led several projects for the British Library Research and Innovation Centre, all of which focused on information service management, including work on the development of flexible workers in the sector and that on Investors in People in library and information services. Both of these reviewed and analysed quality procedures and practices within services. Anne has also been involved in a number of smaller research projects and has a particular interest in gender issues within the information society. In 2004, she was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) Research Leave award for research analysing "Contemporary Discourses of Public Libraries". A monograph based on this work is due to be published in early 2005. Anne is currently involved in a European project (Leonardo da Vinci programme), Biblio.for.mEDA, which is investigating the role of public libraries in adult continuing education. She is Editor of the "Journal of Librarianship and Information Science".

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