Library News Round-up: 17 August 2015

THE TIMES :  17th August
Ali Smith joins fight over library closures
An extract – the remainder behind ££Paywall
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/scotland/article4529524.ece

THE BOOKSELLER : 17th August 
Smith warns library closures threat to ‘democracy of reading’ 
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/smith-warns-closure-libraries-threat-democracy-reading-309319 

Herald Scotland : 16th August
Ali Smith warns festival audience over library closures
“Something is happening which is happening under the radar about this and it is very important that we all think about it.” 
Her comments come after a major review concluded that volunteers should not replace professional staff in local authority-run libraries. 
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/13600469.Ali_Smith_warns_festival_audience_over_library_closures/

Question Everything : 12th August
He can talk in clichés till the cows come home
http://questioneverythingtheytellyou.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/he-can-talk-in-cliches-till-cows-come.html

Bitterne Park Info : 17th August
Southampton | ‘Defer libraries decision to September full council meeting’
http://bitternepark.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2812:defer-libraries-decision-to-september-full-council-meeting&catid=1:local-news&Itemid=59 

Shropshire Star : 17th August
Shropshire and Telford council chiefs issue a bleak vision of the future
The intention is that 15 of Shropshire’s libraries would be managed by community organisations, while the county’s seven principal libraries become “community hubs” working in partnership with other bodies.
http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2015/08/17/shropshire-and-telford-council-chiefs-issue-a-bleak-vision-of-the-future/

Hereford Times : 17th August
Campaigner: ‘The library is a fantastic service for Ross’
“A library our size wouldn’t find enough people. You should see how many volunteers it takes to run Peterchurch and that is smaller and only open a few hours a week.”
http://www.herefordtimes.com/news/13601067.Campaigner___The_library_is_a_fantastic_service_for_Ross_/

Save Lincolnshire Libraries : 17th August
Cllr. Steven Palmer Community Hubs Libraries, Sink or Swim… 
Will HMS Government come steaming to the rescue with Captain Ed Vaizey at thhelm?
http://savelincslibraries.org.uk/2015/08/17/community-hubs-libraries-sink-or-swim/

Lincolnshire Echo : 17th August
First community-run Lincolnshire library officially opens
“Initially the focus of our efforts will be to continue with the library services ….” 
http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/community-run-Lincolnshire-library-officially/story-27622601-detail/story.html 

The Courier : 17th August
Angus | Overdue library book fees may be scrapped 
… in an attempt to woo back lapsed customers
http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/local/angus-the-mearns/overdue-library-book-fees-may-be-scrapped-1.895082

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