Libraries News Round-up: 19th February 2014

THE BOOKSELLER : 19th February
ACE to research libraries’ economic contribution 
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/ace-research-libraries-economic-contribution.html

The Star : 19th February
Fate of Sheffield’s libraries sealed
Cabinet members gave plans to cut public funding and axe staff at 15 of its 28 libraries the go-ahead at Sheffield Town Hall today.  A final protest call for a re-think after months of heated debates and petitions proved fruitless as city leaders gave budget proposals the green light.
http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/fate-of-sheffield-s-libraries-sealed-1-6450055

Sheffield Telegraph : 19th February
Last-ditch bid to save Sheffield libraries big day arrives
“There have been 24,000 signatures so far against the council’s library proposals.”
http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/local/last-ditch-bid-to-save-sheffield-libraries-big-day-arrives-1-6448760

PRIVATE EYE Library News
Issue 1360 (p.28)  
The Arts Council has a tiny budget to support libraries – inherited from the old Museums, Libraries and archives Council – but is using it to back a new, er “library-hack-maker space” created by social enterprise Common Futures in Colchester.
Available today in newsagents

ITV News : 18th February
Culture Secretary urged to save Lincolnshire’s libraries
http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/update/2014-02-18/culture-secretary-urged-to-save-lincolnshires-libraries/

The Lincolnite : 18th February
Library cuts ‘unlawful’ says former Lincolnshire council director
Running a library service for residents is a statutory requirement on county councils, and Lincolnshire County Council have already noted that the community-run libraries will be “non-statutory”.
http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2014/02/library-cuts-unlawful-says-ex-lincolnshire-council-director/

Minster FM : 19th February
North Yorkshire | North Yorkshire Council Passes £21 A Year Tax Rise
Libraries – More would be owned and run by volunteers, if that doesn’t happen some could close.
http://www.minsterfm.com/news/local/1210413/north-yorkshire-council-passes-21-a-year-tax-rise/

Wales Online : 19th February
National Poet of Wales joins battle to keep libraries open 
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/national-poet-wales-joins-battle-6722302

EADT24 : 19th February
Suffolk | Stradbroke: Village’s quirky idea to incorporate post office inside library
http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/stradbroke_village_s_quirky_idea_to_incorporate_post_office_inside_library_1_3341150

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