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.
Campaign For The Book
Newsletter : January 2013
While the DCMS has managed to transform itself into a grotesque hybrid of Pontius Pilate and Lord Nelson stubbornly pressing the telescope to the wrong eye, this doesn’t come close to a serious analysis. The reality is simply that this government has no interest in the continued existence of a publicly funded library service, run locally by full time staff.
Don’t Privatise Libraries Blogspot : 2nd January
Boris and the Mystery of the Public Libraries Trust!
Huddersfield Daily Examiner : 2nd January
Library expert Biddy Fisher criticises Kirklees Council’s short-sightedness
This Is Gloucestershire : 2nd January
Two libraries to shut for revamp
Get Surrey : 2nd January
Villagers volunteer to take over library services
The library is one of 10 in the county which will become a community run project as Surrey County Council decided that paid staff members will no longer be used to manage them.
Daily Echo : 2nd January
Hampshire | Council chief to open new library
The new library for a Winchester estate will open this month following the closure of the previous branch.
Dorset County Council : 2nd January
Roll-out of community-run libraries in Dorset
This Is Scunthorpe : 2nd January
North Lincolnshire | Bottesford in line for new £150k library at Cambridge House
Bottesford Library is currently located in a shop unit on Cambridge Avenue, but will reopen in the new facility next summer.
HughRundle.net : 2nd January
Mission creep – a 3D printer will not save your library