In 2017 every Local Authority in Scotland pledged to adopt the Every Child A Library Member scheme as a standard approach to automatic library membership. This follows on from £80,000 of Scottish Government funding being made available through the Public Library Improvement Fund (PLIF) to trial different membership methods. A total of 24 Local Authorities applied and were granted funding for various ECALM projects during 2016.
In August 2016 the Department of Information Management at Robert Gordon University conducted an Evaluative Review of the Every Child A Library Member project. The review, conducted by Professor Peter Reid and Caroline Hood, examined the various ECALM methods carried out by the 24 Local Authorities who received Scottish Government funding for the project.
The review also covered:
- Challenges faced by the funded Local Authorities during the pilot phase
- Recommendations based on the findings of the funded pilot projects
The ECALM evaluative review is a useful resource for any Local Authority looking at changing or expanding their current approach to automatic library membership. If you would like a hard copy of the ECALM review please get in touch.