Children's Library Journeys report  (April 2015)

ASCEL's latest report sets out a national framework for the “Library Journey” highlighting the key interactions public libraries should have with children as they grow.

“We are delighted that this work has highlighted so clearly the significance of library services in children’s lives. It has revealed exciting opportunities for new digital engagement and has also emphasized the importance of the library as a rich and welcoming space for children within the local community”. Sarah Mears Chair of The Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians.

The research behind the report was carried out by Laura Crossley for The Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians (ASCEL) on behalf of Arts Council England and The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL). It followed recommendations from the Arts Council England funded Automatic Library Membership Pilot (Siddall, 2014) that there should be a universal offer that “positions the enrolment of each child within a series of staged interactions between an individual and the library service, with regular repetitions of the library message”.

Children's Library Journeys: Background research report

Children's Library Journeys press release



Children's Digital Needs and Libraries (December 2014)

“The lives of today’s children are not dominated by digital information, but they are immersed in it."

Our first research report published in December  2014 gives new insight into how young children access digital technology and crucially suggests how public libraries might better support them in the future

The research, commissioned by the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians (ASCEL) working in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL), was undertaken by Shared Intelligence and funded by Arts Council England. It draws together existing research literature with the findings from 25 focus groups with children in public libraries and schools across seven local authorities in England. The report highlights the differences between the use of technology by under-fives and children in the primary years. It identifies that whilst there is a need to protect children from negative or harmful experiences of digital technology, a bigger risk is that some children lack the opportunity to engage with it. Public libraries have a clear role to play both in supporting children to become digitally safe and aware but also to ensure that all children have the opportunity to explore, experience and become skilled technology users achieving in their lifetimes things which may seem impossible today.