Library News Round-up: 31st January, 2013

A digest of today’s news items, reproduced here, with kind permission from Shirley Burnham.   If you are on Twitter she is definitely worth following! Find her @shirleyburnham

THE BOOKSELLER : 31st January
SCL announces ‘universal offers’ for libraries
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/scl-announces-universal-offers-libraries.html

THE BOOKSELLER : 31st January
SCL Cox: Libraries ‘must do more with less’
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/cox-libraries-must-do-more-less.html

BBC Radio 4 : 31st January
World at One | Libraries feature
includes Biddy Fishy and an interview with Ed Vaizey (23.42 minutes in)  
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01q95yb

THE GUARDIAN : 31st January
GPs to prescribe self-help books for mental health problems
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jan/31/gps-prescribe-self-help-books

Public Libraries News : 30th January
National Audit Office highlight libraries as suffering from cuts
http://www.publiclibrariesnews.com/2013/01/national-audit-office-highlight-libraries-as-suffering-from-cuts.html

LGA : 30th January
Press Release | LGA response to NAO report on council sustainability
http://www.local.gov.uk/web/guest/media-releases/-/journal_content/56/10171/3859110/NEWS-TEMPLATE

Phil Bradley’s Weblog : 31st January
A ‘Friends of’ library response
http://philbradley.typepad.com/phil_bradleys_weblog/2013/01/a-friends-of-library-response.html

Camden New Journal : 31st January
Warning from teachers fighting planned closure of Regent’s Park Library: ‘Pupils’ access to books
and computers is vitally important’ 

http://www.camdennewjournal.com/news/2013/jan/warning-teachers-fighting-planned-closure-regents-park-library-pupils-access-books-and

Doncaster Free Press : 31st January
Glimmer of hope for Denaby’s old library 
http://www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk/news/doncaster-news/glimmer-of-hope-for-denaby-s-old-library-1-5372008

Barnet & Whetstone Press : 31st January
Residents on the verge of sealing official takeover at Friern Barnet Library
http://www.barnet-today.co.uk/news.cfm?id=3466&headline=Residents%20on%20the%20verge%20of%20sealing%20official%20takeover%20at%20Friern%20Barnet%20Library

 

THE INDEPENDENT : 31st January
The medicinal power of literature: Books on prescription to be introduced
“The big concern, as well as the closures, is that services have been hollowed out. Opening hours are shorter, and they have got rid of professional librarians for volunteers. There’s a lot of anger out there.
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/the-medicinal-power-of-literature-books-on-prescription-to-be-introduced-8475933.html

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