Library News Round-up: 20 October 2014

Open Democracy : 20th October
Outsourcing: The government may intervene in the row over the ‘volunteer takeover’ of half the libraries in Sheffield 
https://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/laird-ryan/localismwatch-resources-20-october-2014

Public Libraries News : 19th October
Old-fashioned libraries are what we need? Thoughts on the Battle of Ideas public libraries debate
http://www.publiclibrariesnews.com/library-closing/conferences/old-fashioned-libraries-are-what-we-need-thoughts-on-the-battle-of-ideas-public-libraries-debate-19th-october-2014

Liverpool Echo : 20th October
Liverpool-born English professors write to Mayor urging rethink on library closures
“We ask you to reconsider the decision immediately.”
http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/liverpool-born-english-professors-write-mayor-7966981

Birmingham Post : 18th October
Shortfall of private investment in Library of Birmingham 
“We would be concerned that any shortfall in funds raised is likely to be met by direct cuts to library services.”
http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/news/local-news/shortfall-private-investment-library-birmingham-7952854

Manchester Evening News : 20th October
Town hall chiefs to discuss Trafford budget cuts of £24m
“It looks as though many libraries will close. It’s dreadful.”
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/town-hall-chiefs-discuss-trafford-7960327

Walsall Advertiser : 20th October
‘Most horrific cuts’ at Walsall Council as authority must save £86m
Hundreds of jobs will be lost and 12 children’s centres, eight libraries and a museum will close over the next four years
http://www.walsalladvertiser.co.uk/horrific-cuts-Walsall-Council-authority-save-86m/story-23277852-detail/story.html

Cornish Guardian : 20th October
Cornwall Council looks to parishes and volunteers to run libraries 
http://www.cornishguardian.co.uk/Cornwall-Council-looks-parishes-volunteers-run/story-23275521-detail/story.html 

Yorkshire Evening Post : 19th October
£100m of Leeds council’s assets will be sold off
http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/top-stories/100m-of-leeds-council-s-assets-will-be-sold-off-1-6904419

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