Libraries News Round-up: 26th September 2013

Gov.uk : 26th September
A Nation of Culture Vultures
includes link to DCMS Taking Part Survey – Libraries (see Chapter 4)
In the year ending June 2013, 36.2% of adults reported using a library service, a significant decrease from 48.2%in 2005/6 and 38% in 2011/12
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/a-nation-of-culture-vultures

DAILY EXPRESS : 26th September 
Death of the library? Shock fall in users as government cuts bite
Annie Mauger, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), said: “These figures are shocking but sadly not surprising. When there are less libraries, less librarians and less money to spend on stock you can’t be surprised if usage drops.”
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/432412/Death-of-the-library-Shock-fall-in-users-as-government-cuts-bite

THE GUARDIAN : 26th September
Children’s reading shrinking due to apps, games and YouTube

Nielsen Book data suggests that 32% of children read books every day, and 60% every week. But these percentages are falling as digital entertainment rises

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/appsblog/2013/sep/26/children-reading-less-apps-games

THE BOOKSELLER : 26th September
Gadgets trump reading, Bookseller Conference hears 
The number of children who rarely read—or do not read at all—has risen in the past year, according to new figures from Nielsen Book revealed at The Bookseller’s Children’s Conference today (26th September).
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/gadgets-trump-reading.html-0

Hampshire Chronicle : 26th September
Hampshire civic chiefs to lease space in libraries
County chiefs are looking to boost civic coffers by hiring out surplus space in libraries as “hot offices”. Plans include leasing rooms on a daily rate or longer-term commercial lease to businesses and individuals. Library chiefs argue many reference books can now be read on-line via subscription sites in libraries so less space is needed for books.
http://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/winchester/10699669.Hampshire_civic_chiefs_to_lease_space_in_libraries/

Sky TV : 26th September
Video | ‘Hands Off Our Libraries’: Sunderland Campaigners March To Prevent Closures
http://tyneandwear.sky.com/news/article/82973/hands-off-our-libraries-sunderland-campaigners-march-through

Sunderland Echo : 26th September
Angry protest as Sunderland library cuts rammed through
http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/local/all-news/angry-protest-as-sunderland-library-cuts-rammed-through-1-6085638

ITV News : 26th September
Campaign against library closures in Sunderland
a selection of photographs
http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/update/2013-09-26/campaign-against-library-closures-in-sunderland/

The Star : 26th September
Letter | Sheffield | Councillors failed to stand up for locals
http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/letters-opinion/councillors-failed-to-stand-up-for-locals-1-6085846

You Tube : 26th September
How much does Surrey County Council’s library policy cost? 
After today’s Communities Select Committee at Surrey County Council, Richard Wilson chatted to Cllr Robert Evans about the shocking lack of information on the cost of the ideologically driven policy to replace paid library staff with volunteers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZUAbNyDuq4&sns=tw

The Scotsman : 26th September
Moray library protestors begin legal challenge
http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/moray-library-protestors-begin-legal-challenge-1-3113552

Save Lincolnshire Libraries Campaign : 26th September
How big is the iceberg, if the “tip” is 100 pages of A4? 
http://savelincslibraries.org.uk/2013/09/26/how-big-is-the-iceberg-if-the-tip-is-100-pages-of-a4/

Bourne Local : 26th September
Deadline nears on council library consultation
The community is fighting to save the library and the council confirmed no-one from the Deepings had expressed an interest in a volunteer-based service.  County councillor for Deeping St James Phil Dilks (Lab) said:  “The people of the Deepings are crystal clear in the fact that they want to keep their council-run library.”http://www.bournelocal.co.uk/news/community/community-news/deadline-nears-on-council-library-consultation-1-5532196

Horncastle News : 26th September
Voices unite to fight Lincolnshire’s library closures
“Coningsby library is the only one in walking distance of my house, and the only place I can get to to do my university work and access books for research.”
http://www.horncastlenews.co.uk/news/community/community-news/voices-unite-to-fight-lincolnshire-s-library-closures-1-5530620

The Echo : 26th September
Library protest at Forum Southend opening
Campaigners will protest about possible library closures as Southend’s new £27million central library opens.  Library users will join union members in calling for branch libraries in Southend to be kept fully-staffed when the new Forum Southend library opens in Elmer Square on Monday.
http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/10698360.Library_protest_at_Forum_Southend_opening/

This Is South Wales : 26th September
Library service to change in Neath Port Talbot
It means that nine libraries across the county are facing closure — Cwmllynfell, Gwaun-cae-Gurwen, Seven Sisters, Ystalyfera, Blaengwynfi, Briton Ferry, Taibach, Cymmer and Resolven Library.
http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/Library-service-change-Neath-Port-Talbot/story-19846553-detail/story.html

Brent Council Lib Dems : 26th September
Library supporters demand answers to Barham Park buildings mystery
Campaigners to re-open Barham Park Library are demanding an explanation for why Labour-run Brent Council is ignoring its own decisions about the future of the library building.   …  Councillor Alison Hopkins, who chairs the councils budget and finance scrutiny committee, said:  “It seems very odd ..”
http://brentcouncillibdems.com/2013/09/26/library-supporters-demand-answers-to-barham-park-buildings-mystery/

Harrow Observer : 20th September
Library campaigners secure second bookshop space 
“We want our library back and will continue our campaign through direct action and service for local people.”
http://wembley.harrowobserver.co.uk/2013/09/library-campaigners-secure-sec.html

Sunderland Civic Centre

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