Libraries News Round-up: 24th 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.

Public Libraries News : 23rd May
Editorial |Adapt and survive: Arts Council England’s stark message under the gloss
… what the report means for any remaining idea of a national public library service is terrifying in its extremes.  Each library is a low-lying island is the underlying philosophy and you’d better build your sea barriers up now because the tide is rising and it’s your fault if you drown.
http://www.publiclibrariesnews.com/2013/05/adapt-and-survive-arts-council-englands-stark-message-under-the-gloss.html

Melville House Books : 24th May
What’s the future for the UK’s local libraries?
I’d love to see a list with gusto; one that didn’t seem to contain a strong feeling of defeat within its objectives. Each point seems defensive, as though answering a number of criticisms: libraries don’t do enough for their communities, libraries haven’t embraced technology, libraries aren’t working hard enough, library staff aren’t right for the job. And yet … http://www.mhpbooks.com/whats-the-future-for-the-uks-local-libraries/

THE BOOKSELLER : 24th May
Lead Story | ACE Envisioning: “wake up call to government”
good comment from Laura Swaffield
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/ace-envisioning-%E2%80%9Cwake-call-government%E2%80%9D.html

THE BOOKSELLER : 24th May
WMF panel: libraries need national e-lending model
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/wmf-panel-libraries-need-national-e-lending-model.html

Save Croydon Libraries Campaign : 24th May
Shh! Laings win Croydon Libraries  
http://soslibrary.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/shh-laings-win-croydon-libraries.html

Hereford Times : 24th May
Protestors arrive in Hereford 
Councillors will later today vote on a new budget that could signal the end for many of the county’s libraries and museums. The Hereford Times will be carrying a live blog from the meeting – due to start this afternoon.
http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/10442125.Protestors_arrive_in_Hereford/

They Work For You : 21st May
eBook lending and Audio – Rewarding Authors
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2013-05-21a.156648.h&s=%22public%20library%22%20OR%20%22public%20libraries%22%20OR%20%22library%20service%22&utm_content=buffere3da9&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer

Croydon libraries ship

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