Asset transfer in libraries

Deborah Forbes, Geoff Nichols, Lindsay Findlay-King, Gordon Macfadyen

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sept 2015
Event2015 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference - Leeds
Duration: 9 Sept 2015 → …


Conference2015 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference
Period9/09/15 → …


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