Library News Round-up: 31 July 2015

THE GUARDIAN : 31st July
Why Birmingham library needs Google and language classes to keep doors open 
by Penny Holbrook, cabinet member for skills, learning and culture
http://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2015/jul/31/birmingham-library-google-language-classes 

Local Guardian : 31st July
More redundancies announced at Croydon’s libraries
http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/13523468.More_redundancies_announced_at_Croydon_s_libraries/ 

The Lincolnite : 31st July
Is privatisation the key to saving Lincolnshire’s libraries?
Matt Osborne “specialises in the provision of freelance professionals into the public and private sectors” 
http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2015/07/is-privatisation-the-key-to-saving-lincolnshires-libraries/

Barnet & Whetstone Press : 31st July
Libraries consultation “a wake up call” as readers reject council plans
http://www.barnet-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=4144&headline=Libraries%20consultation 

Opinion Research Services : July 2015
Barnet’s Future Library Service: Final Report of the Consultation Outcomes
pdf file – 249 pages
https://engage.barnet.gov.uk/consultation-team/library-review/user_uploads/barnet_libraries_final_full_report_2015_07_24_v2.pdf-2

Ledbury Reporter : 31st July
Herefordshire “Community hub” dream fades for the Master’s House?
To keep Ledbury Library going, it would need to be “self-service”, and run by volunteers.
http://www.ledburyreporter.co.uk/news/13522280._quot_Community_hub_quot__dream_fades_for_the_Master_s_House_/

Herefordshire Council : 31st July
Income & Savings Proposals | Reduce customer services and libraries across the county
final item 
https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/media/8059697/income-and-savings-proposals.pdf

Liverpool Echo : 31st July
Five Liverpool libraries to be handed over to volunteers and community groups
Proposals to go before the authority’s ruling cabinet would see libraries across the city taken over by volunteers. The council is also to announce that Jan Parry, president of the Chartered Institute of Library …. 
http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/five-liverpool-libraries-handed-over-9765609 

Mirfield Reporter : 31st July
Kirklees | Friends group aims to save Batley’s central library
http://www.mirfieldreporter.co.uk/news/local/friends-group-aims-to-save-town-s-library-1-7385646

Bucks Advertiser & Review : 28th July
Buckinghamshire | Library opening hours slashed to make £270k saving
http://www.buckinghamtoday.co.uk/news/more-news/library-opening-hours-slashed-to-make-270k-saving-1-6874174

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