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We support people working in local studies librarianship by promoting standards, lobbying, discussing matters of interest in The Local Studies Librarian and in our electronic newsletter, holding meetings, workshops and conferences through our regional network.

Our mission is to promote excellence in local studies services, to enable members to achieve and maintain the highest professional standards for the public good, and to ensure that our members’ views, concerns and interests are effectively represented.

We believe that local studies collections, and those engaged with the management and delivery of services associated with them, make a significant contribution to fostering and promoting community identity and cohesion, and improving the quality of people’s lives, by preserving and providing equality of access to our diverse local and national written and pictorial heritage.  

It is a core element of public library provision and, as such, it is fundamental to a thriving economy, democracy, culture and civilisation.

We aim to share best practice, facilitate networking and offer continuing professional development.


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