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.
THE BOOKSELLER : 14th January
Library volunteers left without ‘effective support’, says WI
Third Sector : 14th January
Women’s Institute warns against ‘sticking plaster’ of library volunteers
Oxford Mail : 14th January
Rumours fly as temporary library job is advertised
Oxfordshire County Council has advertised for a temporary librarian in the village, sparking rumours the library may be running out of time. The authority hopes 21 of its libraries will be staffed with volunteers after it did a U-turn on plans to close some services.
Brent & Kilburn Times : 14th January
Barham Library campaigners reach target to take over axed branch
Determined campaigners battling to reprieve Barham Library after it was closed by the council have reached a step closer to their goal after raising £10,000.
Chronicle Live : 14th January
Newcastle | Families rally over plans to close Walker Library
Families told council bosses “hands off our library” at a spirited demonstration.
North-West Evening Mail : 14th January
Cumbria | Ulverston Library set to open longer
A report to the committee said: “The issue of library half day opening times in Kendal, Grange and Ulverston libraries has been an ongoing source of confusion and dissatisfaction to these communities. Through use of new technology and the flexibility of the staff in adopting better ways of working, we have been able to improve access to services and address a significant issue.”