Libraries News Round-up: 13th May 2013

A digest of today’s news items, reproduced here, with kind permission from Shirley Burnham, who collated it.  For up to date libraries news follow @ShirleyBurnham on Twitter.

Manchester Evening News : 13th May
Keep Manchester libraries open or face book boycott, say protesters
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/keep-manchester-libraries-open-face-3662405

THE INDEPENDENT : 12th May
There’s no such thing as the wrong sort of book
Unfortunately, libraries will be a historical concept as alien to  most 17-year-olds as the works of George Eliot by the time Mr Gove’s  government has finished with them. A total of 146 libraries were closed  from 2010 to 2011, and a further 201 in 2012.
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/theres-no-such-thing-as-the-wrong-sort-of-book-8612308.html?origin=internalSearch

The Star : 13th May
Letter | Digital by default and the need for libraries
http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/opinion/letters/digital-by-default-and-the-need-for-libraries-1-5663005

Skegness Standard : 13th May
Lincolnshire | New book service for Bratoft and Irby            
The library book collection is managed by the Village Hall Committee and run by volunteers.
http://www.skegnessstandard.co.uk/news/local/new-book-service-for-bratoft-and-irby-1-5086488

CILIP Scotland : May 11th
CILIPS releases statement on cuts and closures in Moray
http://www.cilips.org.uk/news/2013/5/11/cilips-releases-statement-on-cuts-and-closures-in-moray-1.html/

THE GUARDIAN : 13th May
From the archive, 13 May 1976: Libraries look at economy cuts
http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2013/may/13/library-cuts-closures-1976

 

And, from our website:

Let’s Get Real – Libraries are in Crisis. Now!
Laura Swaffield, chair of  The Library Campaign, says it’s time to stop arguing and call for ACTION. She has presented this list to the Society of Chief Librarians. Comments – and additions – please!

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