Promoting the value of Children's Library Services

ASCEL is a national membership network of Senior Children's and Education Librarians, who work together to stimulate developments and share initiatives relating to children and young people in public libraries and educational services.

"Strategies to develop and sustain services...."

This is done through a National Committee and 11 Regional Committees who work actively with a range of national and local organisations to:

  • promote the value of library services for children
  • jointly agree policies and strategies to develop and sustain services
  • promote discussion and exchange of ideas through training and continuing professional development, an annual conference and a members' website
  • collect and disseminate information to support members' knowledge and skills and to develop library services for children and young people.

"Disseminating Knowledge...."

The ASCEL members in an authority are usually the Head of Services for Children and the Head of the Schools Library Service.  Where this post is combined, an authority may have up to three members - the person with strategic responsibility for services to children and young people, the person directly responsible for the children's public library service and the person managing the schools library service where it exists.

Contact Us

If you wish to contact ASCEL about a national or strategic matter relating to Children's or Educational library services, please use the address below.

For local matters, please use our links on the left to schools library services and children's library services to find the relevant service near you and contact details.

Sarah Mears

Chair, ASCEL

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