Library News Round-up: 18th February, 2013

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.

Journal Live : 18th February
Lee Hall slams Newcastle Council’s failure to save the arts
http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2013/02/18/lee-hall-slams-newcastle-council-s-failure-to-save-the-arts-61634-32827528/

Herald Scotland : 18th February
Change is essential if libraries want to survive
This week, I will not go to the library.
http://www.heraldscotland.com/comment/columnists/change-is-essential-if-libraries-want-to-survive.20238342

Radio Litopia : 18th February
Listen Again

Laura Swaffield, Chair of the Library Campaign, and children’s author Alan Gibbons on Radio Litopia discussing libraries and the comments made by Terry Deary.

The Argus : 18th February
Crime writer makes plea to keep Brighton and Hove mobile library
“I know resources are stretched, but the cost of this service is very small in the overall scheme of things, and what it brings to the community is something quite priceless.”  In response, Coun Bowden said: “We live in extremely difficult financial circumstances.”
http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/10235330.Crime_writer_makes_plea_to_keep_Brighton_and_Hove_mobile_library/

Northern Echo : 18th February
Council backing national scheme to modernise libraries
Middlesbrough Council is backing the national library scheme launched last month by the Society of Chief Librarians. The scheme aims to offer health, reading, information and digital services in libraries across the country.  Recorded on Twitter: #4UniversalOffers
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/10234726.Scheme_to_help_Middlesbrough_libraries_embrace_the_21st_century/

Sidmouth Herald : 18th February
Devon Have your say on major Sidmouth Library revamp
http://www.sidmouthherald.co.uk/news/education/have_your_say_on_major_sidmouth_library_revamp_1_1934204

Express & Star : 18th February
Sandwell councillors urged to oppose library cuts
Sandwell Federation of Library Friends and User Groups wants members to reduce cuts to a service which has made cuts of almost £880,000 in the past two years.
http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2013/02/18/sandwell-councillors-urged-to-oppose-library-cuts/

Flavorwire : 17th February
25 writers on the importance of libraries
http://flavorwire.com/371702/25-writers-on-the-importance-of-libraries

 

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