Library News Round-up: 7 February 2015

THE INDEPENDENT : 7th February
Number of library visitors falls by 40 million in four years as austerity measures force closures 
According to research by the House of Commons Library commissioned by the Labour Party
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/number-of-library-visitors-falls-by-40-million-in-four-years-as-austerity-measures-force-closures-10029860.html

NationalLibrariesDay.org : 7th February
Cathy Cassidy | Libraries belong to us
There is a certain irony in a government that wants to ‘wage war on illiteracy’ while quietly closing hundreds of libraries; it’s not just a missed opportunity, it’s a national scandal.
http://www.nationallibrariesday.org.uk/2015/02/libraries-belong-to-us-by-author-cathy-cassidy-for-national-libraries-day/

Alan Gibbons Diary : 7th February
A message from the founder of National Libraries Day
http://alangibbons.net/2015/02/a-message-from-the-founder-of-national-libraries-day/

Don’t Privatise Libraries : 7th February
All Hail the Public Library User! #NLD15 
http://dontprivatiselibraries.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/all-hail-public-library-user-nld15.html

THE GUARDIAN : 7th February 
How to become a  head librarian — Ciara Eastell explains
http://www.theguardian.com/society-professionals/2015/feb/07/how-to-become-head-librarian-national-libraries-day 

BBC News : 7th February 
Cardiff libraries protest over cuts and closure fears
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-31164007  

BBC News : 7th February
Schoolgirl’s call to save ‘magical’ Cardiff libraries
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-31205243

Wales Online : 7th February
Hundreds gather in protest at library cuts in Cardiff 
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/hundreds-gather-protest-libary-cuts-8598446

Lincolnshire Echo : 7th February
POLITICS: Libraries do everything councils want – so why try to get rid of them?
By Marianne Overton, Leader of the Lincolnshire Independents on the decision to scale back library provision
http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/POLITICS-Libraries-councils-want-ndash-try-rid/story-25979031-detail/story.html

Stamford Mercury : 6th February
Campaigners’ dismay as library cuts voted in
http://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/community/community-news/campaigners-dismay-as-library-cuts-voted-in-1-6564127

Kent Online : 7th February
Concerns raised over future of Sandwich Library and possible cuts to services after Kent CC announced changes
http://www.kentonline.co.uk/sandwich/news/kcc-charity-plan-sparks-fears-31375/

Huddersfield Examiner : 7th February
Kirklees Chocolat author Joanne Harris joins fight to save threatened Almondbury Library
http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/chocolat-author-joanne-harris-joins-8600250

The Star : 6th February
Sheffield library looks to the future after huge change
http://www.thestar.co.uk/what-s-on/out-about/going-out/sheffield-library-looks-to-the-future-after-huge-change-1-7092502 

Daily Post : 7th February
Gwynedd library visits fall by more than 11%
up to 8 libs under threat of closure
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/gwynedd-library-visits-fall-more-8588462

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