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New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803
Incorporates: Asian Libraries

Online from: 1898

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Beyond the sword of Damocles: challenges facing school library services

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Title:Beyond the sword of Damocles: challenges facing school library services
Author(s):Gordon Dickins, (Children's and Schools Services Librarian, Shropshire County Council information and Community Services, Shrewsbury, UK.)
Citation:Gordon Dickins, (1995) "Beyond the sword of Damocles: challenges facing school library services", New Library World, Vol. 96 Iss: 3, pp.16 - 20
Keywords:Financial management, Information technology, Library materials, Library services, Local government, Local management of schools, National curriculum, School libraries, Schools
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/03074809510085280 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:School library services (SLSs) have faced a tremendous period of change since the late 1980s, much of it resulting from the Education Reform Act which brought about the national curriculum and shifted management and financial responsibilities to schools themselves. Changes, developments and challenges seem likely to continue through the 1990s and include continuing budget cuts and reductions, the varying effects of local government review, the importance of recognition of customer needs, implications of service provision to grant-maintained schools (possibly trading “beyond the margins”), enhanced range of skills needed by SLS staff and imminent, detrimental effects of budget reductions on school libraries.

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