Find out about the range of work DCMS's Libraries team deals with, from supporting ministers and working with the British Library to writing superintendence guidance.
Sheila is DCMS’ Head of Libraries Strategy and Delivery. Prior to this she was interim Head of the Libraries Taskforce Team, and remains its policy lead. She authored the Libraries Deliver: Ambition strategy document, and also worked on numerous Taskforce toolkits and guidance documents.
She previously worked at the Government Digital Service where she wrote the Government Digital Strategy and led on digital take-up work.
Before this she was Assistant Director for Customer and Democratic Services at LB Bromley, where she worked closely with libraries to deliver a range of services to local communities.
She is above all else a committed life-long hard-core library user!
Information on how you can find out about the work of the Libraries Taskforce in future.
A collection of references to material which illustrate how libraries support children when they are very young - a vital stage in their learning: preparation for school
A new Taskforce Chair, and a reminder of the current work programme
Sheila Bennett summarises 3 current opportunities for library people to contribute their views to national consultations.
Sheila Bennett writes about transition planning and new people
New government green paper: what it says about libraries, and how library workers can contribute to the consultation
The Taskforce team remembers 2017: highlights, visits, and achievements; and starts to look forward to 2018.
A report of the masterclass held in Beeston library - includes slides of the presentations
Second part of the full report of the recent Taskforce masterclasses. This post looks at the benchmarking framework.
Related content and links
About this blog
The DCMS Libraries team supports ministers, as they oversee and promote the improvement of local government's provision of public library services in England. It is also responsible for other library policy such as DCMS sponsorship of the British Library and Public Lending Right Scheme. On this blog, members of the team talk about their work. Find out more