Time For A Change Toolkit
It has been seen therefore, that library services in England's North West region have worked hard to learn from the body of valuable new experience gained through the DCMS/Wolfson funded projects. The specific aspect of co-ordinated management of Reading Lifelines and Everybody's Reading proved to be of enormous benefit, particularly to those authorities with fewer individual resources to commit to reader development activity.
By creating a new specialist post for the region, the intention is not to focus all activity on one person or project but rather to ensure that work within individual authorities and in partnership with each other continues to drive reader development work forward. The time for this to happen seems particularly auspicious currently, following the publication of Framework for the Future (DCMS, 2003) which proposes both increased reader development activity and cross-authority working.
Time To Read has existed for some time as a model of good practice in regional networking to improve a significant area of service delivery. It is our aim in this region to continue to be at the forefront of reader development activity, both benefiting from, and helping to drive forward the new impetus for partnership working currently championed by both the government and the library profession in the UK.