LIBRARIES IN THE NEWS

Libraries News Round-up: 27 February 2018

BBC News: 27 February Northamptonshire County Council plans to close 21 libraries http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-43214626 ITV News: 27 February £10m cuts plan to close libraries as Northamptonshire council hits ‘crisis point’ http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/update/2018-02-27/10m-cuts-plan-to-close-libraries-as-northamptonshire-council-hits-crisis-point/ Local Government Chronicle: 27 February https://www.lgcplus.com/politics-and-policy/finance/northants-proposes-99m-more-savings-in-revised-budget/7023442.article Northampton Chronicle & Echo:…

Libraries News Round-up: 26 February 2018

LGA: 26 February Extra council tax income in 2018/19 will not protect under-pressure local services https://www.local.gov.uk/about/news/extra-council-tax-income-201819-will-not-protect-under-pressure-local-services Oxfordshire Guardian: 26 February Spreading the word to encourage library use http://www.oxfordshireguardian.co.uk/spreading-the-word-to-encourage-library-use/ Bath Chronicle: 26 February Bath & NE Somerset | Staff sickness forces…

Libraries News Round-up: 24 February 2018

The Gazette: 24 February South Gloucestershire | New chapter for Hawkesbury Upton book lovers http://www.gazetteseries.co.uk/news/16043403.New_chapter_for_Hawkesbury_Upton_book_lovers/ Derbyshire Times: 24 February Derbyshire County Council to appoint new bosses ahead of service changes and job cuts https://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/derbyshire-county-council-to-appoint-new-bosses-ahead-of-service-changes-and-job-cuts-1-9032946 Falmouth Packet: 24 February Cornwall Council…

Libraries News Round-up: 22 February 2018

Burnham-On-Sea: 22 February Somerset | ‘Save Highbridge Library’ protest held outside County Council meeting http://www.burnham-on-sea.com/news/2018/library-protest-meeting-22-02-18.php Gravesend Report: 22 February Kent | Meopham library officially opens http://www.gravesendreporter.co.uk/news/meopham-library-officially-opens-1-5404191 i News: 22 February Secondary school pupils up to three years behind in reading ability…

Libraries News Round-up: 21 February 2018

BBC News: 21 February Cuts to Welsh libraries see paid staff fall by 20% http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-43130957 BBC News: 21 February Libraries without staff are ‘just a room full of books’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-wales-43132731/libraries-without-staff-are-just-a-room-full-of-books Express & Star: 21 February Walsall library revamp to cost…

Libraries News Round-up: 20 February 2018

Lichfield Live: 20 February Staffordshire | Consultation event in Burntwood to showcase proposals to use technology to extend library opening times https://lichfieldlive.co.uk/2018/02/20/consultation-event-in-burntwood-to-showcase-proposals-to-use-technology-to-extend-library-opening-times/ Research Information: 20 February Librarians in top five professional groups for trustworthy information https://www.researchinformation.info/news/librarians-top-five-professional-groups-trustworthy-information Hereford Times: 20 February…

Libraries News Round-up: 19 February 2018

Burnham & Highbridge Weekly: 19 February Somerset | Petition launched to save Highbridge Library from council cuts http://www.burnhamandhighbridgeweeklynews.co.uk/news/16031810.Petition_launched_to_save_Highbridge_Library_from_council_cuts/ Bath Echo: 19 February Bath & NE Somerset | New chapter for Saltford Library thanks to ‘forward-thinking’ community group https://www.bathecho.co.uk/news/community/new-chapter-saltford-library-thanks-forward-thinking-community-group-77103/ Charity Today:…

Libraries News Round-up: 17 February 2018

Stop the Privatisation of Public Libraries: 17 February Outsourcing Fundamentalism, Hasn’t Herts heard of Carillion? and SCL/Taskforce backed vol-led ‘libraries’ conference comes to Sheffield. http://dontprivatiselibraries.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/outsourcing-fundamentalism-hasnt-herts.html Burnham-On-Sea: 17 February Somerset | Campaign to save Highbridge Library from closure gathers pace http://www.burnham-on-sea.com/news/2018/library-protest-meeting-17-02-18.php…

Libraries News Round-up: 15 February 2018

Bury Times: 15 February Opening date for new Tottington Centre and Community Library revealed http://www.burytimes.co.uk/news/15996001.Opening_date_for_new_Tottington_Centre_and_Community_Library_revealed/ Cambridge Independent: 15 February Library Extra is a ‘double charge’ for residents http://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/cambridge/library-extra-is-a-double-charge-for-residents-1-5395068 News Guardian: 15 February North Tyneside | Library campaign receives support https://www.newsguardian.co.uk/news/library-campaign-receives-support-1-9017463…

Libraries News Round-up: 14 February 2018

Burnham-On-Sea: 14 February Somerset | ‘Highbridge Library must be saved from closure’ – former MP Tessa Munt http://www.burnham-on-sea.com/news/2018/highbridge-library-plans-tessa-munt-13-02-18.php Lancashire Telegraph: 14 February Bid to transform former Trawden library takes step closer http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/pendle/15992582.Bid_to_transform_former_Trawden_library_takes_step_closer/ The News: 14 February Figures show less books…

Libraries News Round-up: 13 February 2018

White Horse News: 13 February Wiltshire | Bratton Mobile Library continues http://www.whitehorsenews.co.uk/blog/2018/02/13/bratton-mobile-library-continues/ Warrington Guardian: 13 February Great Sankey Hub opens its doors for business http://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/15990423.Great_Sankey_Hub_opens_its_doors_for_business/ Reading Chronicle: 13 February Library opening hours across Reading could be cut under new council proposals http://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/news/15990792.Library_opening_hours_could_be_cut_under_new_proposals/Inc.…

Libraries News Round-up: 12 February 2018

Huddersfield Examiner: 11 February Kirklees | ‘Closing Batley Library will strip town of its heartbeart‘ https://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/closing-batley-library-strip-town-14273251 Get Reading: 12 February Reading libraries bear the brunt of funding cuts with hours to be reduced for second year https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/reading-libraries-bear-the-brunt-of-funding-cuts-with-hours-to-be-reduced-for-second-year/ Bath Echo: 12 February Bath &…

Libraries News Round-up: 10 February 2018

BBC News: 10 February Trafford to be ‘first’ council scraps library late fees http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-43015919 ITV News: 10 February Fines on overdue library books to be dropped in Trafford http://www.itv.com/news/granada/update/2018-02-10/fines-on-overdue-library-books-to-be-dropped-in-trafford/ Denbighshire Free Press: 10 February Gwynedd | chapter for Bala Library…

Libraries News Round-up: 9 February 2018

The Bookseller: 9 February Settle to step down as Libraries Taskforce chief next month http://www.thebookseller.com/news/settle-step-down-libraries-taskforce-chief-next-month-729266 Burnham-on-Sea.com: 9 February Somerset | Save Highbridge Library! Campaign launched to halt closure plan http://www.burnham-on-sea.com/news/2018/save-highbridge-library-group-09-02-18.php This is the West Country: 9 February Somerset | Save our…

Libraries News Round-up: 8 February 2018

Somerset Country Gazette: 8 February LETTER: ‘Don’t let libraries be lost to the Somerset landscape’http://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/15964096.LETTER___Don_t_let_libraries_be_lost_to_the_landscape_/ Ledbury Reporter: 8 February Herefordshire | Investment of £60,000 approved for Ross-on-Wye library http://www.ledburyreporter.co.uk/news/15965579.Investment_of___60_000_approved_for_Ross_on_Wye_library/ Daily Record: 8 February West Dunbartonshire | Councillors could add £200K…

Libraries News Round-up: 7 February 2018

CILIP: 5 February 2018 Nicholas Serota Interview Arts Council England’s chair talks to Information Professional about entrepreneurialism in public libraries https://www.cilip.org.uk/page/nicholasserota Somerset Mercury: 7 February People urged to join fight against library closure Meeting to form campaign to fight the…

Libraries News Round-up: 6 February 2018

Huffington Post: 6 February Councils Face 20% Fee Hike To Bail Out Carillion Deals http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/pwc-council-charges-carillion_uk_5a73292ae4b0bf6e6e225bb3 Warrington Guardian: 6 February First look inside the new Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub http://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/15921133.First_look_inside_the_new_Great_Sankey_Neighbourhood_Hub/ Norfolk Eastern Daily Press: 6 February Thank your lucky stars for…

Libraries News Round-up: 5 February 2018

Northamptonshire Telegraph: 5 February BREAKING: Northamptonshire’s libraries will stay open another year but communities must take over, says final budget plan https://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/breaking-northamptonshire-s-libraries-will-stay-open-another-year-but-communities-must-take-over-says-final-budget-plan-1-8366393 Helensborough Advertiser: 5 February Argyl | ‘Innovation hub’ mooted for Helensburgh’s library http://www.helensburghadvertiser.co.uk/news/15919655.__39_Innovation_hub__39__mooted_for_Helensburgh__39_s_library/ Newbury Today: 5 February “This council…

Libraries News Round-up: 4 February 2018

Leon’s Library Blog: 3 February Damned if we don’t, damned if we do! https://leonslibraryblog.com/2018/02/03/damned-if-we-dont-damned-if-we-do/ Burnham-On-Sea.com: 4 February Somerset | Protest meeting to be held over plans to close Highbridge Library http://www.burnham-on-sea.com/news/2018/library-protest-meeting-03-02-18.php Banbury Guardian: 4 February Northamptonshire | MP visits Middleton…