Libraries News Round-up: 1 July 2014

Leon’s Library Blog : 1st July
Reply from the LibDem spokesperson for Culture, Media and Sport
http://leonslibraryblog.com/2014/07/01/reply-from-the-liberal-democrats/

THEY WORK FOR YOU
30/06 Parliamentary Q’s & Written Answers (Libraries) 
1.  Helen Goodman MP
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2014-06-30a.201600.h 
2. Adam Afriyie MP
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2014-06-30a.201676.h 

Devon UNISON
Have your say on future of Devon libraries
UNISON fears Devon County Council’s proposals on the future of the county’s library service will spell closures, cuts in opening hours and job losses.
http://www.devoncountyunison.org.uk/members/devon-county-council/have-your-say-on-future-of-devon-libraries/

Herts & Essex Observer : 1st July
Herts County Council proposes changes to library service
The proposed changes will go before cabinet on 14th July.  The list includes:
• Three clear tiers of libraries – to clarify what customers can expect;
• Making more use of volunteers to support the delivery of library services;
http://www.hertsandessexobserver.co.uk/News/Bishops-Stortford/Herts-County-Council-proposes-changes-to-library-service-20140701164946.htm

East Grinstead Courier : 1st July
Surrey Plans to replace staff with volunteers at Lingfield Library lead to public outcry which could force rethink
http://www.eastgrinsteadcourier.co.uk/Lingfield-Library-paid-staff-public-outcry-plans/story-21284102-detail/story.html

Runcorn & Widnes World : 1st July
Halton’s four libraries could lose at least £400,000 as council faces £46m budget cuts
http://www.runcornandwidnesworld.co.uk/news/11310331.Halton_s_libraries_face_cut_in_opening_hours_as_council_strives_to_save___46m/?ref=var_0

Public Technology : 1st July
Welsh gov beats digital exclusion targets
It [the Progress Report] also found that there was risk to digital inclusion delivery from potential closures of  public libraries across Wales.  “Libraries provide critical infrastructure and support for digital inclusion within a trusted setting, so significant closures will reduce the number of venues where  community based sessions could be delivered,” it said.
https://www.publictechnology.net/articles/news/welsh-government-beats-digital-exclusion-targets

Wales Online : 1st July
….  Just some of the services that ‘will no longer be viable’ after Welsh council cuts
“The cuts are falling disproportionately on leisure, libraries, culture, art, transport…and environmental health. The smaller services.”
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/welsh-council-cuts-local-government-7350960

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