[Press & Publications] LIBRARY DOORS OPEN WIDER


June 2000

No 110

Libraries agreement in Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland (LAILLAR) The people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland will have greater access to public and university libraries in the region, following a major new agreement.

The LAILLAR Agreement, which will be launched at the University of Leicester on Wednesday 7 June 2000 at 12 noon, seeks to widen access to all information resources in the city and two counties.

Developed from the 1993 Leicestershire Libraries Agreement, LAILLAR heralds a collaboration between the University of Leicester Library, De Montfort University Library, Leicester City Libraries, Leicestershire County Libraries, Loughborough University Library and Rutland County Libraries, and will enhance the richness, diversity and cost-effectiveness of library provision for all.

The launch, including a signing ceremony, lunch and seminar, will be hosted by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Professor Robert Burgess. It will be attended by the Chief Executives of the local authorities and the Vice-Chancellors of the universities involved; the Chief Librarians and invited guests from the participating authorities and institutions; and those attending an inaugural LAILLAR seminar on ways in which the library services can contribute to lifelong learning.

The collaborative spirit of the Agreement reflects the commitment of those concerned to provide access to information for all, and to develop lifelong learning opportunities, in line with the latest Government initiatives. The Agreement has been drawn up by a Board consisting of the chief librarians of the participating libraries, under the auspices of the Information Plan for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland (LIP). The Chairman of the LIP's Advisory Committee, Professor John Feather, will outline the implications of the Agreement for regional library co-operation at the signing ceremony. Professor Feather is also Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching) at Loughborough University.

Professor Feather commented: I very much welcome this further development of co-operation between the major library services and information providers in the area. It will provide great benefits for the users of both the public and the university libraries in many ways.

Progress towards the implementation of the Agreement has been swift. Working groups on Access, Information Technology and Training are already considering possible areas for development.

A LAILLAR promotional leaflet and website have been produced, and will also be launched at the ceremony on 7 June.

PHOTOCALL: 12.20 pm, Wednesday 7 June, Garendon Room, Charles Wilson Building, University of Leicester.

Notes to editors:

  • The text of the Agreement and a promotional leaflet are available from Mr Ather Mirza, Director of Press and Publications, University of Leicester, telephone (0116) 252 2415, facsimile (0116) 252 2485, email pressoffice@le.ac.uk
  • Signatories to the Agreement are as follows:

    De Montfort University: Professor Philip Tasker, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive; Mrs Kathryn Arnold, Head of Library Services

    Leicester City Council: Mr Rodney Green, Chief Executive; Ms Patricia Flynn, Head of Libraries and Information Services

    Leicestershire County Council: Mr John Sinnott, Chief Executive; Mr Peter Oldroyd, Chief Librarian

    Loughborough University: Professor David Wallace, Vice-Chancellor; Mrs Mary Morley, University Librarian

    Rutland County Council: Dr Janice Morphet, Chief Executive; Mr Roy Knight, Head of Libraries and Museums

    University of Leicester: Professor Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor; Dr Timothy Hobbs, University Librarian.

    Programme for 7 June 2000:

    University of Leicester, Garendon Room, Charles Wilson Building

    12.00 noon: Guests arrive, including members of the six participating organisations, seminar speakers and delegates.

    12.10 pm: Professor Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor of University of Leicester, welcomes the guests and invites Professor John Feather, Chairman of the Information Plan for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland to speak.

    12.20 pm: The Vice-Chancellors, Chief Executive Officers and Directors of the Libraries sign the Agreement. Photocall.

    12.30 pm: Guests' Lunch.

    1.30 om: Seminar on the impact of lifelong learning on library services. Speakers include: Alistair Thompson, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education; Jackie Strong, Director of Education for Leicestershire; and Greg Jones, Learndirect.

    3.30 pm: Seminar ends.


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