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.
Save Doncaster Libraries : 24th January
Reason to stay cheerful…. Appeal Granted!!!
Below is the Press Release from our Lawyers, Public Interest Lawyers, released yesterday. Carol Buck has been granted leave to appeal the travesty that saw the campaign lose the initial Judicial Review into the decimation of Doncaster’s Public Library Service.
The Star : 24th January
Doncaster | Hope in library closure battle
If she is successful, the Court of Appeal will have the power to quash the Mayor’s decision and restore previous council-funded library services.
ACE : 24th January
CE Alan Davey | Live Chat
Sky News : 24th January
Anti-Cuts Campaigners Set Date For Sleep-In At Newcastle City Library
The Scotsman : 24th January
Tiffany Jenkins: Libraries are on a slippery pole
The serious point is these kinds of stunts devalue libraries. A significant amount of the activities on offer take people away from books and the reading of them …. libraries have abandoned their raison d’être in a quest to be relevant – relevant that is to politicians, not the people.
THE BOOKSELLER : 24th January
ACE report: WI attacks while Vaizey defends
Information Today | Europe : 23rd January
If the profession fails to communicate its value, then the march of ‘amateurisation’ will continue, argues Ian Clark
Doombrarian : 24th January
What f**kery is this? The Arts Council and Community Libraries
Dorset Echo : 24th January
Libraries ready to turn page as keys are passed over to new volunteers
The library was closed on Monday for building work to begin following the transfer of the freehold from Dorset County Council to the Friends of Charmouth Library. Once it is re-opened on February 28, it will be officially handed over from the county council to Charmouth Central, a limited company set up specifically to take on the freehold.http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/
Wirral Globe : 24th January
Wirral library staff to be tasked with managing crisis cash handouts