Can we use data to benefit society while protecting the individual?

September 1, 2017

by Ryan Meade, Public Affairs and Communications Consultant

This is part of a blog series examining the theme of online data privacy and public libraries. More information about the wider project can be found  here .   While the US and the EU have...

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Creating a Single Digital Presence for Public Libraries

August 30, 2017

By Martyn Evans, Chief Executive, Carnegie UK Trust

Andrew Carnegie saw public libraries as creating opportunities for education and advancement through providing access to information and knowledge not otherwise available.  Free to everyone in the co...

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The importance of talking about kindness

August 29, 2017

Rebekah Menzies, Policy and Development Officer, Carnegie UK Trust

Last month, the Carnegie UK Trust launched the report The Place of Kindness: Combatting loneliness and building stronger communities by Carnegie Associate Zoe Ferguson, and accompanying short fil...

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Has the penny dropped?

August 25, 2017

By Niall Alexander, Carnegie Associate

Evidence beats assertion “Myth busters” a popular television programme, ran from 2002 to 2017, testing common urban myths and theories such as, “ Will a penny dropped from a skyscraper k...

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Community Development Finance Initiatives (CDFIs) lend to people whose alternative is not cheaper credit but exorbitant credit.

August 17, 2017

By Niall Alexander, Carnegie Associate

This article is adapted from a personal blog published by Niall on LinkedIn on 12 August 2017. Credit is emotive at the best of times. Credit to low income households is very emotive....

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Human Rights underpin the values and ethics of information and library professionals, and these should drive our services supporting the citizen’s understanding of online data privacy

August 11, 2017

by Martyn Wade, Chair, Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression, International Federation of Library Associations and Trustee, CILIP The Library and Information Association

This is part of a blog series examining the theme of online data privacy and public libraries. More information about the wider project can be found  here .   As our lives become more and...

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Local lending: a story of partnership, planning and persistence

August 7, 2017

By Lyndsey Maricic, Policy Officer, Fife Council

Fife Council has joined forces with Falkirk and West Lothian councils to establish a service to provide borrowing and support to residents who find it hard to access affordable credit. Conduit Sco...

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How a new initiative will save low income borrowers £5,000,000 in five years.

August 7, 2017

By Martyn Evans, Chief Executive, Carnegie UK Trust

When the Carnegie UK Trust published the Gateway to Affordable Credit report last year, setting out 18 recommendations for how affordable credit services such as credit unions and CDFIs could b...

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“My brain hurts!” – How can libraries create a space to think about and debate issues around data privacy?

August 4, 2017

by Brian Ashley. Director, Libraries, Arts Council England

This is part of a blog series examining the theme of online data privacy and public libraries. More information about the wider project can be found  here .   “My brain hurts.” This w...

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Accessing Credit, Addressing Poverty

August 1, 2017

By Peter Kelly, Director, the Poverty Alliance

There is one thing that most people agree when it comes to debates about poverty – at the heart of the problem is a simple lack of an adequate income.  How best to address that problem is where any...

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