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Lincs libraries – madness!

Laura Swaffield, Chair of The Library Campaign, writes, Nothing rational explains the decision by pig-headed Lincs County Council to destroy most of their library service – even though they don’t need to! They insist on dumping 30 libraries on to…

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Sieghart Report – The latest

About 100 people packed the room for the first-ever public discussion of the Sieghart report (in the House of Commons, hosted by the All-Party parliamentary group for libraries, on 14 January). Laura Swaffield, Chair of the Library campaign, reports. Everyone,…

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SIEGHART: ACTION NEEDED NOW!

Sieghart has spoken! The long-awaited independent report on England’s public libraries is out, after sitting on ministers’ desks for over two months.  But – so far – the most important bit is missing. The bit where the government says: “OK, this…

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Over to you, Ed!

The Sieghart report on public libraries has sat on the minister’s desk for over a month. No sign of publication. Maybe it’s because the minister (Ed Vaizey) is waiting until he can publish it alongside news of what he’s going…

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A small but telling victory…

Congratulations to Friends of Deeping Library in Lincolnshire, who have at last got their Executive Member for Libraries, Nick Worth, to admit that local people are not ‘willing’ volunteers. TLC hopes this will help stem the national tide of claims…

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Lincs CC digs in its heels

Newsflash from Lincolnshire, where brilliant campaigners had to mount a judicial review as the only way to make the county reconsider its drastic pan to close most of its libraries – and offer them to volunteers to run. This despite…

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Unhappy birthday, 1964 Act!

Yes, it’s 50 years old and showing its age a bit – the 1964 Public Libraries & Museums Act. This finally made providing (and promoting) public libraries a legal duty for councils, not just an option. And it gave the…

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Tell Helen!

Helen Goodman MP became (Labour) Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport last autumn. She has now started consulting on public libraries. Unfortunately her questionnaire has been circulated only to library staff organisations (CILIP and Unison). We think this is a serious mistake. She…

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Evidence to Sieghart library inquiry

The Library Campaign submitted evidence to the DCMS/DCLG commissioned Sieghart inquiry: In brief, we said that: (1) The libraries minister is not doing his job, and is now sabotaging libraries through his inaction. (2) The basic problems have been obvious for…

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LLL meeting – 26 April 2014

Libraries for Life for Londoners held a public meeting and provided the following information: LONDON LIBRARY SUPPORTER? YOU’RE NOT ALONE! On Saturday 26th April, there’s a special get-together for anyone supporting public libraries in London. Meet, network, share problems and ideas. And hear from…

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