Library News Round-up: 18 December 2014

THE GUARDIAN : 18th December
Experts demand urgent overhaul of England’s public library service 
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/18/experts-demand-urgent-overhaul-of-englands-public-library-service

THE BOOKSELLER : 18th December
Sieghart: on the money
http://www.thebookseller.com/blogs/sieghart-money

THE BOOKSELLER : 18th December
Government must fund digital resource for libraries, says Sieghart
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/government-must-fund-digital-resource-libraries-says-sieghart

FINANCIAL TIMES : 18th December
Council grant cuts ‘fair’, says coalition
Time to start fresh chapter, says report - Sieghart Report discussed
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/affa774a-86c7-11e4-9c2d-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3MHYNWbo3

DAILY TELEGRAPH : 18th December
Thirsty? Go to a library, not a coffee shop 
Libraries must shed their old-fashioned image and become more like coffee shops with free Wi-Fi and comfy sofas, according to a report into the future of the service. 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/11299758/Thirsty-Go-to-a-library-not-a-coffee-shop.html

DAILY TELEGRAPH : 18th December
Councils ‘pushed to breaking point’ by new cuts
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/council-spending/11302457/Councils-pushed-to-breaking-point-by-new-cuts.html

BBC News : 18th December
Public libraries should emulate coffee shops, says report 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-30529127 

ITV News : 18th December
Libraries on brink of ‘disaster’ told: Be more like Starbucks
http://www.itv.com/news/2014-12-18/libraries-on-brink-of-disaster-told-be-more-like-starbucks/

THE INDEPENDENT : 18th December
The great British library betrayal: Closures have brought national network to
brink of ‘absolute disaster’, reveals official inquiry
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/the-great-british-library-betrayal-closures-have-brought-national-network-to-brink-of-absolute-disaster-reveals-official-inquiry-9931965.html

THE INDEPENDENT : 17th December
EDITORIAL | Romantic fiction: A review of libraries that fails to address the real problem 
This delicate oversight ignores not so much the elephant in the room as the padlocks on the door and the boards across the window.
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/editorials/romantic-fiction-a-review-of-libraries-that-fails-to-address-the-real-problem-9931978.html

The Library Campaign : 18th December
SIEGHART: ACTION NEEDED NOW!
http://www.librarycampaign.com/sieghart-action-needed-now/ 

Northamptonshire Telegraph : 18th December
Northants County Council boss to take charge of Government’s national library taskforce http://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/top-stories/northants-county-council-boss-to-take-charge-of-government-s-national-library-taskforce-1-6480310


Don’t Privatise Libraries : 17th December
Save Bob Lawrence Library – An open letter to Harrow Council
http://dontprivatiselibraries.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/save-bob-lawrence-library-open-letter.html … 


Sheffield Telegraph : 18th December
Sheffield libraries already vying to diversify
http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/local/sheffield-libraries-already-vying-to-diversify-1-7012244


Daily Post : 18th December
Eight Gwynedd libraries under threat of closure
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/eight-gwynedd-libraries-under-threat-8311010 


Barking & Dagenham Post : 18th December
Axe swings as Barking and Dagenham’s cabinet agrees ‘savings’ drive
Valence and Thames View libraries are set to be axed 
http://www.barkinganddagenhampost.co.uk/news/politics/axe_swings_as_barking_and_dagenham_s_cabinet_agrees_savings_drive_1_3891285#disqus_thread


Camden New Journal : 18th December
‘Hurtling towards doomsday’ – union protests as Camden councillors prepare for £73m budget cuts 
http://www.camdennewjournal.com/news/2014/dec/%E2%80%98hurtling-towards-doomsday%E2%80%99-%E2%80%93-union-protests-councillors-prepare-%C2%A373m-budget-cuts 


Craven Herald : 17th December
North Yorkshire Why not subscribe to save library service?
http://www.cravenherald.co.uk/news/11673058.Why_not_subscribe_to_save_library_service_/

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