Libraries News Round-up: 27th January 2014

THE BOOKSELLER : 27th January
Birmingham faces £2m library cuts
Libraries across Birmingham face closure as the city looks to slash £2m from its library budget, with even the flagship Library of Birmingham facing heavy cuts.
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/birmingham-faces-%C2%A32m-library-cuts.html

THE BOOKSELLER : 27th January
Outrage at Scotland’s Book Town library cuts
Dumfries and Galloway Council is facing criticism after revealing plans to reduce the library service in Wigtown, Scotland’s offical Book Town and home to the internationally recognized Wigtown Book Festival for more than a decade.
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/outrage-scotland%E2%80%99s-book-town-library-cuts.html

THE GUARDIAN : 27th January
Real books should be preserved like papyrus scrolls
In a future electronic world, there will be a ghastly contingency about the written word.
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jan/27/real-books-papyrus-scrolls-ebooks-libraries-museums

Stamford Mercury : 27th January
Councils step in to try to run Deepings Library
The decision was made to close the library in December despite huge opposition in the Deepings.  But town and parish councillors have now stepped in to try and save the library for their community.
http://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/community/community-news/councils-step-in-to-try-to-run-deepings-library-1-5835916

Daily Echo : 27th January
Hampshire | County council’s plan to shave stops off library service in a bid to save £130K
Details of scores of mobile library stops facing the chop in Hampshire can be revealed today.   …  As reported, this comes on top of threats to three libraries which are expected to shed their staff, to save £50,000
http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/10965270.Scores_of_mobile_library_stops_facing_the_axe/

Bradford Telegraph & Argus : 27th January
Stephen’s plea to save Bradford’s libraries 
http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/10964473.Stephen___s_plea_to_save_Bradford_s_libraries/

The Star : 27th January
Letter | Groups need fair set of proposals to run libraries
The examples that the council have used as models for independent libraries bear no resemblance to the proposals they have put forward; being predominantly small libraries in wealthy rural locations and all getting substantial funding from their councils. This is in stark contrast to the council proposals which state that independent libraries would be “without council support or funding”.
http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/letters-opinion/groups-need-fair-set-of-proposals-to-run-libraries-1-6398596

stephen wilkinson

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