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Archive for August, 2011
- Case for libraries’ use of social media: a how-to - Voices for the Library. Based on survey in Wales. Higher Education libraries keen on social media (Facebook, Twitter, blogging etc) and use it to promote and improve their service. Public librarians, though, are often not allowed by the council’s IT policy to use social media at work or to use it to promote their services. Article includes tailorable template for librarians to use to request access.
- Frustration reigns – Musings from a librarian. Demonstrates what IT work barriers mean in practice.
- How to turn your blog into an app for iPhone – thewikiman. Assuming the IT Dept don’t just say “no”.
- Libraries Thriving – A website exploring what new technology, including social media, can do for libraries.
- Hunt to make decision on Brent inquiry “next month” – BookSeller. Following on from report on Public Libraries News yesterday. “Hunt has received 66 complaints from the public about Brent’s library closures, it was claimed during the judicial review hearing. The secretary of state has a duty under the 1964 Public Libraries Act to superintend the service and can launch an inquiry into any local authority’s provision if concerned that they are failing to fulfil their obligations to provide a “comprehensive and efficient” service.”
- UK to get national library catalogue – Guardian [cached - original link not working at time of checking]. “The two organisations said the catalogue will contain bibliographic data from 80% of the UK’s public libraries and enable web users to search 9m bibliographic records and 50m books and other stock items.” … includes material from “149 local authorities with a current full subscription to UnityUK”
- Lancashire – Longridge Library reopens 19/9/11 after £200k upgrade.
- Redbridge - £82 charge introduced for RNIB talking books, previously free for visually impaired.
- Suffolk – Umbrella campaign group – Save Suffolk Libraries. Local campaign groups Save Debenham Library, Save Aldburgh Library, Sustainable Bungay, Save Leiston Library, Rosehill Readers, Save Stradbroke Library.
- Bolton – Library funding row - This is Lancashire. Labour councillor calls Conservative councillor suggestion that money is taken from area forum budgets to pay for libraries as “bare-faced cheek”.
“there’s no cuts to essential services – as far as the library’s concerned, you’ve been fed the usual nonsense from the protesters, we’re trying to keep all the libraries open, er but er again not er without the cost that’s been there before. We’re trying to use money wisely and to keep services going.” Mayor Peter Davies, Doncaster. Council will close 14 libraries if volunteers don’t take them over.
- Doncaster – Not the C-Word! Library closures “nonsense” - Save Doncaster Libraries. “In February this year, the Museums Libraries and Archives Council told Doncaster Council that they shouldn’t use the word ‘closure’ when talking about the cuts in funding and, well…closing libraries. Instead, the council has tried very hard to avoid the word ‘closure’, and has instead commented on the libraries that will ‘remain’ when the council no longer funds the 14 libraries it has picked (essentially out of a hat) to cease funding.”
- Halton – Library plan for former Runcorn Indoor Market - Runcorn and Widnes World. “Work on the £550,000 scheme will start in October, with completion scheduled for March 2012. The building will then be home both to Halton Library Services and Halton Direct Link, providing public access to the library’s lending and reference collections, computer facilities and a one-stop-shop for council services including payments, service requests and general enquiries.”
- Islington – “Intrusive” questions for Islington library card criticised” - Islington Gazette. Tax Payers Alliance criticise joining form which asks about sexuality, disabilities and even cancer/AIDs. Council responds that form optional and is used so that they can know their customers.
- Lancashire – Longridge Library to reopen following £200,000 refurbishment - Click Lancashire. “People will hardly recognise the library! As well as new windows and a new roof, there’s a completely fresh layout with new flooring and modern comfortable furniture”. Other improvements include vending machine, baby change, Wi-fi, room hire, self-service.
- Redbridge – Blind man must pay for audio library books - This is Local London. RNIB say “”What Redbridge and many other councils across the country are doing is discriminating against blind and partially sighted people.”… Council say “As Talking Books is not a statutory service and technology has made access to audio books much easier since the introduction of the service some thirty years ago, the decision was made to no longer fund it.”
- Suffolk – Legal chief took own life after intense pressure over council cuts - Guardian. “The now abandoned proposals, which included axing all school-crossing patrols and shutting libraries, had proved massively unpopular with staff and public alike.”. He had told the chief executive, Andrea Hill (who has since left the council and was the subject of much local and national criticism) that some of the cuts proposed were illegal….”In particular, he felt a consultation on libraries was conducted on the basis the council would retain 15 when it had been decided only eight would remain open.”
- Council employee took his own life while under “extreme pressure” - Haverhill Weekly News. “His suicide sparked an independent investigation into the alleged “domineering” management style of the council’s chief executive Andrea Hill.”
“In relation to investigating complaints made about the Borough of Brent’s decision to close libraries within its area, officials here are in the process of assessing all relevant information on this matter and a decision by the Secretary of State is anticipated in September.” Email from DCMS legal advisers to Brent campaign solicitor, 18th August
“This is a very important development and one which you all need to grapple with straightaway. The Secretary of State has special powers to direct a public inquiry into the planned closures – just like the Wirral Inquiry – and he can even prevent them from happening while that inquiry happens, or at all.” Brent campaign solicitor to campaigners, same day.
- Budget cuts force week-long closure of Seattle Public Libraries - q13fox.com (USA). “”Without the closure, it would have been difficult to generate the magnitude of savings necessary without cutting more operating hours or further reducing the book budget,” interim chief executive officer Lin Schnell said. “We understand how much people depend and rely on our services, but these are very difficult economic times.”
- Frankly, we’ll sue the library – Vineyard Gazetter (USA). “A private consultant hired by the Edgartown Library Foundation is threatening legal action for copyright infringement over a phrase used to promote an annual community fund-raiser for the town public library.”. Consultant claims using lines “Frankly, we love our library” and “We love our library” are copyrighted terms that can only be used with her permission.
“I don’t know anything about making a budget, but I do know that they are always up on the chopping block but libraries are the best deal in town! When I was a kid they were one of the first places I ever had a sense of autonomy, because I would go to the library to do work for school and be in charge of myself there. They’re filled with sex and scandal and crime and Pippy Longstocking. What’s not to love?” Paula Poundstone tries to save Houston’s public libraries one word at a time – Culture Map Houston (USA).
- Privatize libraries in their interest - Pasadena Star-News (USA). “At a time when the California Legislature has slashed critical programs and services in an effort to balance its own budget and is considering the need to increase some taxes, the $28 per year special library tax that Santa Clarita residents had been paying for library operations was eliminated, due to the fiscally responsible actions of the locally elected Santa Clarita City Council. In this era of diminishing funding for local government services and over extended budgets, contracting for library services is one way to improve libraries, while reducing the tax burden on our residents.”
- Reading revolution – 14 marvellous libraries - Web Urbanist. Includes a library whose entire exterior is an LCD display. Whitechapel Idea Store is the sole British example – “A traditional library is combined with space for classes inside a diaphanous blue and green glass volume in Adjaye Associates’ Idea Store Whitechapel. The flagship building of a program that aims to push libraries into the 21st century, including the latest digital technology, Idea Store includes a five-story atrium.”
- WI to support libraries campaign - BookSeller. “The WI’s membership are being asked to each borrow a book from their local library on the day “in recognition of the continued importance of the WI’s early vision to widen educational opportunities”.
- Oxfordshire - Campaign group Friends of Goring Library.
- Scottish Borders – Cuts in opening hours including in Melrose.
- Barnet – W2LW “Walk to the Library Week” - Save Friern Barnet Library. “The library was packed full of children busy playing games, learning and having fun. It felt like the whole of Friern Barnet’s community had turned up in support of the walk to the library week.” … “W2LW showed how a community could build a future. We feel it gave generations a sense of hope and purpose and above all else, a sense of fun.”
- Bolton -Six things you could do to help save the libraries - Save Bolton Libraries (Facebook). Includes the two events below plus helping out on town centre campaign stall, join local campaign, contact councillor/MP, fill in consultation form,
- Future event – “Save Bolton’s Libraries” – Thursday 8th September 7pm, Central Library Lecture Theatre – best selling local author Ruth Hamilton, award winning children’s author and campaigner Alan Gibbons and popular local playwright Les Smith (‘And Did Those Feet’ at the Octagon) are all speaking, with messages of support from other writers. We will have posters to display shortly.”
- Future event – “What Future for Bolton’s Libraries? – Thursday 15th September 7pm, Central Library Lecture Theatre – Bolton News deputy editor Lynn Ashwell chairs a debate between politicians, trade unionists and campaigners – Cllr Cliff Morris, leader of the council (Labour), Cllr John Walsh leader of the Conservative Group, Cllr David Wilkinson or Cllr Carole Swarbrick (Liberal Democrats), Alan Johnson (Green Party), Ian McHugh (SBLC) and a Unison speaker.”
- Croydon – Chance to have your say on Croydon libraries … - Sanderstead Library Campaign Group. “With a decision imminent many Croydon residents are still unaware of the market-testing undertaken on Croydon libraries, with a view to progressing outsourcing them all to a private company, other local authorities or other interested groups. Campaigners regularly meet with people who are not only unaware but laugh at such a prospect in disbelief. Unfortunately it is not a joke.” “…it would appear to be a admission by Croydon Council that they are unable to effectively manage their network of thirteen libraries.”
- Oxfordshire – Vilagers voice their anger at library closure threat - Henley Standard. Goring Library will have staffing reduced by two-thirds, to be made up by volunteers. Friends group says “While we applauded the original decision of the council to keep Goring library open, our response to the consultation decision to cut funding and the supporting evidence was more of a slow hand clap.” Council expects volunteers to pay for own CRB checks. Criteria used to select cut libraries accused of being flawed and biased.
- Scottish Borders - Concerns new library service could spoil Melrose gem - Border Telegraph. Libraries will have reduced hours as well as merging one-stop shops with libraries. Fears over confidentiality (and waste of library buildings) expressed.
- Surrey – Latest SLAM plans - Surrey Libraries Action Movement. Including Facebook, Twitter, local petition, the WI, UNISON, contacting MPs and councillors.
- Warwickshire – Communities in bids to save libraries – Warwick Courier. “Business cases have been put forward for local communities to run all 16 of the libraries set to close under Warwickshire County Council’s drive to cut costs. Some 100 library staff were set to lose their jobs in the shake-up.”
- Wiltshire – Volunteers in Wiltshire train to run local libraries - BBC. 300 volunteers in final week of training. They will start working in libraries (which have lost 17 staff in 2011 and 26 more in Dec 2010, including 9 out of 13 branch managers) in the next four weeks in order to avoid 10 branch and 5 mobile closures. “So if the library’s going to close and volunteers can save it, that’s the way forward. Quite simple really.”.
- Austrian librarian restrained by three men on flight from US – Irish Times. ““I feel deeply sorry and ashamed for what I have done.” He had no memory of the incident “but I accept what the witnesses said . . . I will never take a sleeping tablet again”.
- Children’s author tackles literacy during rugby world cup - Booktrade.info. Tom Palmer promoting ready over 30 different locations. “For those schools that Tom will not be visiting, he has written a toolkit for schools and libraries to use to promote reading during the Rugby World Cup, called LOVE RUGBY: LOVE READING. Commissioned by the National Literacy Trust it includes ideas for displays, activities and events. It is available for free at www.literacytrust.org.uk, thanks to funding from the Rugby Football Union.”
- Far more than shushing and checking out books: For the love of librarians and public libraries – Critics at large (Canada). “Students, children, stay-at-home parents, working parents, seniors, the homeless, the curious, intellectuals, perverts, the public library is a place for us all. Everyone, overseen by the librarian, a seriously capable, usually friendly, professional that will care for, cater to, and put up with it all. Practically the only thing they don’t serve is donuts, but there are plenty of those shops in most neighbourhoods.”
- Front line is everywhere – It’s not about the books. “So step away from the reference desk and right out of the library. The Information Revolution needs revolutionaries -follow Che’s lead and come down off your mountain and into the streets. When it comes to the war on ignorance, as Rage Against the Machine once told us, the front line is everywhere.”
- Libraries need buildings - We Heart Libraries. One of several useful pages on this campaign site for North Hertfordshire and Stevenage. “We’ve said elsewhere on this site that one of the most valuable things that libraries do is to contribute to our dwindling store of town-centre public space, one of the key places where our communities are built – and long may they continue to do so.”
- Privatizing public libraries - Sign on San Diego. “A few dozen librarians made some noise in Sacramento last week. For their photo-op, the demonstrators read from a handcrafted children’s book titled “The Privatization Beast Comes to Our Town.” A yellow Sesame Street-like character played the part of the scary “Privatization Beast.””. Article thinks librarians are protesting in order to protect their jobs and pensions.
- Soundtracked ebooks launch in UK - Telegraph. “This sounds like the opposite of reading. I have enough trouble reading an ebook because I’m constantly distracted by emails and so I’ve given up on it for the time being,”
Changes to tally
- Birmingham – Fears that council will launch two-tier service, with “hub” libraries om each constituency, with other branches having reduced hours/funding (if not closed).
- Derby – Libraries may become part of a Trust linked with museums.
- Lambeth – £750k cut by 2014.
- Wakefield - £520k cut this year.
- Birmingham – Protesters meet to draw up battle plans to fight any plans to downgrade Hall Green Library - Birmingham Mail. Fear libraries will move to a fully-resourced “hub” library in each area with less opening hours for other libraries, including Hall Green.
- Cumbria – £170,000 unpaid fines owed to Cumbrian libraries – News & Star. Charges have accumulated over a decade. Surrey owes £700k. ““The figure isn’t a debt as such. There’s no contract and we don’t pursue people for money, but we would try to recover the book that’s outstanding. There may be good reasons why people don’t return books.”
- Derby – Derby museum trust scheme could be extended - BBC. Trust for museums could mean quicker decision-making, more possibility for grants and more entrepreurship. This scheme could be expanded to libraries. “Any transfer must take place by April 2012 to guarantee £286,000 of funding provided by the Museums, Archives and Libraries Council [sic] to manage the changes.”
- Lambeth – Last chance to have your say on future – This is Local London. “Library users will have two more chances to have their say at meetings held by a commission examining the future of the service. Lambeth libraries have the highest cost per visit in London, and have been told to make £750,000 savings by 2014 by the council following Government cuts.
- Wakefield – Outwood Library lovers vow to step up fight – Yorkshire Evening Post. “From September onwards we are going to step up the pace of our campaign. We will have a hard copy petition available to sign which will be available at various locations throughout the area.”
- Lewisham – Reality of Lewisham’s independent libraries – Studio Living. The author of the article has been in touch to say that Eco Computers did not have a policy allowing free posters for local groups until challenged.
- 15 reasons why bookstore/library partnerships are beneficial - Bookselling This Week (USA). Libraries have the space, bookshops the contacts … and 14 more reasons.
- A-Level boy, 10, is off to Eton – London Evening Standard.
- Gifted boy received top GCSE grade – Barking and Dagenham Post. “A star student who began reading aged three in one of Barking and Dagenham’s libraries has just been awarded a top GCSE grade at the age of nine.” … “My wife Ronke and I go there a lot to read the papers and the idea was for the children to be playing games. While in the library, he took to reading.”
“I think they just didn’t think,” she said. “As (Doug Ford) said), he’d close a library in a heartbeat…. Well if you’re going to close something in a heartbeat it means you haven’t thought through the issue. I think if they had thought it through they wouldn’t have done it – they got caught out by something they hadn’t thought through, they hadn’t thought about the public support for the libraries. Because I guess they don’t go to them.” Atwood takes leading role in library cuts debate - Inside Toronto (Canada).
- Katharine Whitehorn experience - Guardian. “You probably know the conversation: about a library closing, or whether my bookshop people are as charming as yours; then someone will say in superior tones that surely it’s all easier and cheaper online…”. Libraries are more social than Amazon.
- Michael Porter (Library Renewal) – This Week in Libraries (Netherlands). “Michael has travelled for 4 years all across the USA visiting libraries and helping them to get online so he really knows libraries in all sizes and shapes and has seen the changes that took place. He has worked with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with OCLC and on Webjuncyion. We are now standing at the crossroads. There lies an enormous chance for a Library renaissance as the world may never have seen before. Michael and a group of great minds are discussing this and thinking of how this library can look like and what services it should offer and how it can bring people together.”
- Public libraries: a long overdue argument - What’s Next: Top Trends. “Whether or not we will want libraries in the future I cannot say, but I can categorically state we will need them, because libraries aren’t just about the books they contain. Moreover, it is a big mistake, in my view, to confuse the future of books or publishing with the future of public libraries. They are not the same thing.”…”I’d say the answer to this is that public libraries are important because of a word that’s been largely ignored or forgotten and that word is Public.”
“In a world cluttered with too much instant opinion and we need good librarians more than ever. Not just to find a popular book, but to recommend an obscure or original one. Not only to find events but to invent them. The internet can do this too, of course, but it can’t look you in the eye and smile gently whilst it does it.”
- Three simple marketing rules all libraries should like by - theWikiman. (1) Market the service, not the content (2) No one cares about the how (3) Market what they value, but continue to do what we value.
- Want to join a library? Have you had a sex change? - Telegraph. “Councils are asking residents who want to borrow books from public libraries whether they have HIV, schizophrenia, or have had a sex change…”. Islington, Brent and Leicestershie ask questions in order to tie in with equalities legislation, others don’t. Civitas and Taxpayer’s Alliance, as well as the article writer, think money and time could be spent better elsewhere.
- Want to join the library? Have you had a sex change? – BookTrade Info.
- Brighton & Hove – Refreshments and spaces with toys to be introduced in all libraries, free wifi at Jubilee Library.
- Newham - Canning Town Library to incorporate Council one stop shop.
- Bolton – Area forums money could save libraries under threat - Bolton News. Conservatives also want libraries to be run by charitable trusts and volunteers to work alongside libraries.
- Bradford – Addingham library agreement set for signatures – Ilkey Gazette. Volunteers hope to run library – which would otherwise have closed – from 1st October, already undergoing CRB checks.
- Brighton & Hove – Shake-up promised for 16 Brighton and Hove libraries – Brighton and Hove News. “Library users across Brighton and Hove are being promised more services and a better experience. All 16 libraries in the city are to offer refreshments, have more modern computers and take action to tackle noise nuisance. The main Jubilee Library in Brighton is even to have free wifi.” … ““We think libraries are a crucial, core council service. So we’ll be actively pursuing opportunities for refurbishment or redevelopment of libraries.”
- Dorset – County fight to save libraries takes to the internet – Bridport News. “The Women’s Institute has now launched an online petition calling on the government to ‘honour its commitment to act as a champion of the library service’. The Friends of Charmouth Library are signing the petition and are encouraging others to do the same.” … ““If the WI e-petition gets 100,000 signatures, the issue must be considered for parliamentary debate so the Secretary of State will no longer be able to hide behind excuses.”
- Lewisham – Reality of Lewisham’s independent libraries - Studio Living. Crofton Library, now known as Crofton Community Hub, after being given to Eco Computer Systems, refused to allow a local Literary Festival to put a poster up without being charged. Further investigation shows that the policy on this was still not clear at the time of asking. The owner of the company running the library has since decided that local posters can be put up for free.
“Local community will be free. We do have to make money, and you are right that this is not the right way. Could you promote how people can drop their old computers and books into the library, because this is what pays for all the costs of the libraries. We have had over 160 children doing the summer reading challenge over the holidays, and we have been training seniors on how to use computers. At Sydenham we moved loads of the shelving to accommodate an art exhibition.” Darren Taylor, new owner of Crofton Library.
- Newham – Services at Canning Town local service centre moving to library - London 24. “The library will be fully refurbished to provide these services through enhanced self-service points where customers can deal with the council quickly and easily. The library is closed until mid-September while improvements take place.”
- Surrey – Woking library switch is approved – Get Surrey. Woking Library to be closed for two months (temporary accommodation given) so entrance can be expanded to allow for new restaurant above.
“We the undersigned petition Surrey County Council to withdraw their current proposals for changes to the library service and undertake a full, open, public consultation on the future of Surrey libraries. We are NOT in favour of the Surrey County Council proposal to completely withdraw paid professional staff from any of our libraries. We believe the council should continue to provide management and paid professional staff in every library. We do not believe that we were sufficiently consulted with regarding these proposals and call for their withdrawal whilst a full, open, public consultation takes place on the future of Surrey’s libraries.” Surrey – Petition – Surrey Libraries Action Movement.
- York – Readers run up £50k in library fines - Press. “There are record attendances at the York and Acomb Explore centres and we are responding to what people want, while, unlike most councils, we have closed no libraries. But to keep up that standard of service, we have to encourage the timely return of books.”
- Bidoun Library Seminar: UK libraries: Struggles for the knowledge commons – Centre for Possible Studies. Saturday 27th August, 3pm. “We have dedicated the final Bidoun Library Seminar to a meeting on libraries. Participants reflect on current struggles around the closures and drastic cuts affecting public libraries in theUK. Join representatives from the Library Campaign, the Feminist Library, New Cross Library, the Goldsmiths Library Occupation and others to discuss and strategise.”
- Decentralised power via the Localism Bill - Voices for the Library. Brief analysis of each article of the Localism Bill from a pro-library perspective. “So, in summary, the Bill will enable local communities (people, councillors and local authorities/councils) to have a greater impact on the development of services in their own area, but at the same time the Bill proposes the removal of restrictions that are currently in place to ensure local councils continue to provide essential local services.”
- Even the Library of Congress isn’t safe from budget cuts – So Many Books (USA). “The Library of Congress is cutting almost 10% of its workforce after having its budget cut by by $53 million. It is the largest cut to any legislative branch agency. In order to cut its staff, the LOC is offering early retirement to eligible workers over the age of 50, or about 1,000 of its 4,000 employees.”
- Happy anniversary Voices for the Library! – Thoughts of a Wannabe Librarian. Thoughts one year on from one of the founder members.
- Karin Slaughter, library advocate of the year - Library Journal. “I’m a day late, but congratulations to author Karin Slaughter (Fallen) who on August 25 was invited by the Georgia House of Representatives to speak about her Save the Libraries campaign at a Special Legislative Session.”
- Lure of the library – Nouse (University of York student website). Article on libraries with brief history and questioning of their future. It contains inaccuracies about saving libraries and some other things (for instance Voices for the Library does not advocate staffing libraries with volunteers, rather the opposite) but at least mentions the issue.
- Mystery still a closed book as new sculptures appear - Scotsman. “The first sculpture is of a tray with a cup of tea and a cupcake and is inscribed: “This cup is awarded to @edbookfest” and also contains a tea bag full of letters, an unmarked book and a label which says – “This is for you in support of libraries, books, words, ideas and festivals xx.”
- Progressive fantasy author Jane Yolen under attack by Tea Party - AlterNet (USA). “The reason? She defended the existence of libraries. (Let’s all check out her books now!)”. Author attacks Tea Party advocate for reading a children’s story for an event in a public library which his policies would see close.
- Tracy Beaker writer backs library fight - London Evening Standard. “I’m delighted to do whatever I can to help save our libraries. When I was a child I practically lived in my local library. It seems so dreadful that our excellent libraries are under threat.” Clapham Old Town Library could be sold off to developers.
- Angus – Cross party opposition to library transfer – Arbroath Herald. Fears Arbroath would lose ownership of its library as it is transferred into Angus’s ownership. “There is cross party opposition among Arbroath councillors to a move proposed by Angus Council officials whereby Arbroath Library would be removed from Common Good ownership and transferred to the local authority’s general fund”
- Bolton – Campaigners have their say on the future of Astley Bridge Library – Bolton News. ““There are over 25,000 visits made to this library every year. It is a meeting place, a place of study, a place to access the internet and a valuable resource for our local schools.”…Cllr Walsh said he believed funding was not spread equally across Bolton. He added that £200,000 could be saved with changes to area forum budgets, which would allow the five “at risk” libraries to remain open for the next 12 months.”
- Conwy – Deadline on library service changes – BBC. “The deadline on the proposals for the 12 libraries in the county ended on Friday, with nearly 300 feedback forms received beforehand… It was claimed at a council meeting last year that some of the county’s libraries were among the worst in Wales, with poor book stocks, too few staff, and were in buildings which needed maintenance.”
- Harrow – Last chance to comment on council services as part of Let’s Talk consultation – Harrow Times. “The council want the public’s views on parks, libraries, arts and sports facilities as part of the Let’s Talk consultation, which closes today.”
16 September 2011 – WI BIRTHDAY LIBRARY ACTION DAY – “The 16 September 2011 marks the 96th anniversary of the first WI meeting. Many members have already started to take action on the Love Your Libraries campaign and as a next step, in recognition of the continued importance of the WI’s early vision to widen educational opportunities and the long-standing commitment of WI members to promote libraries, we are asking members to celebrate this year’s WI birthday by taking the simple step of borrowing a book from your local library”- Women’s Institute
- At last, Tony Blair is talking sense about alienated youth – Guardian. “Likewise, the endless twaddle that the commentariat trundles out about libraries. Again, the focus is on the working-class child who is just waiting to be borne off on a shining chariot marked: “In reading lies knowledge. In knowledge lies wisdom.” Often, this admirable and idealised prodigy turns out to have been based on the writer himself. I loved going to the library as a child too, and I’m grateful to my mother for taking me. But I’d be wary of lionising anything just because it was a helpful addition to a stable, loving, working-class upbringing, 40 years ago. There’s something self-regarding about these misty-eyed arguments….”
- Alan Gibbon comment - “…Wailing that times are tough and saying that we can’t do everything is counter productive. Acting as a liberal Trojan horse and justifying back door attacks on libraries and book gifting is dangerous. Deborah Orr makes some valid points in this article but could end up demoralising the very people who care most about literacy as a vehicle for social change. She can do better.”
- Edinburgh Book Festival sculptures are a “whodunnit?” - BBC. “It also contains a teabag full of letters, an unmarked book – and has a label marked “in support of libraries, books, words, ideas and festivals. Over the past year similar sculptures have been left at the National Library of Scotland, the Scottish Poetry Library and the Scottish Storytelling Centre but their creator remains a mystery.”
- GCSEs: sloppy grammar will cost pupils one in ten marks - Telegraph.
- Karin Slaighter writes story to help save libraries – Huffington Post (USA). “An outspoken library advocate, the author wrote a piece last year in the Atlanta Journal Constitution stating that “the funding of American libraries should be a matter of national security.”
- Libraries are for everyone – Alan Gibbons. Emphasises DCMS report says libraries serve all classes and age groups, to great customer satisfaction, despite poor funding. “To sum up, libraries are as relevant and necessary as they ever were. They could be greater if they were properly led and not served up the dog’s breakfast of the Future Libraries Programme. The principles on which they were built are unimpeachable.”
- New city librarian aims to deliver “great customer experiences” – Seattle Times (USA). “But the primary reason libraries are still important is their role as a central reference point, Turner said, and not just for term-paper writers who want to know the color of Helen of Troy’s hair or who fought in the War of the Roses. One recently widowed man came in for help with his checkbook because his wife had always handled their finances, said Andra Addison, library communications director.”
- Take a leaf out of New York’s book: Invest in your libraries, don’t close them – London Evening Standard. “Christopher Platt, director of collections and circulation operations at New York Public Library, which operates 100 libraries, spoke as the Evening Standard’s Save Our Libraries campaign is getting behind Londoners fighting to keep their local branches open in the face of public spending cuts.”
- Library cuts will be devastating for children – London Evening Standard. “Hundreds of residents have signed a petition calling on Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt to look into the closures, which parents said would have a “devastating” effect on children, particularly those who have no other access to books.”
- Cornwall: Up to 30 managers (all) to go. Staffing reduced to, in some cases, one paid member of library staff per library. Non-library staff from other “face to face” services to be used instead.
- Oxfordshire: Campaign groups: Save Our Library (Sonning Common), Save Oxfordshire’s Libraries (Facebook), Blackbird Leys (Facebook), Save Headington Library, Old Marston (Facebook), Friends of Summertown Library, Save Bampton Library (Facebook), Friends of Benson Library, Save Deddington Library, This is Our Woodcote Library.
- Surrey: Campaign group: Byfleet Library Action Group.
- Barnet – Confusion surrounds plan to relocated HGS library into Institute - Barnet Today. Institute says it is not possible to locate library there, Artsdepot says it has not been asked by Council to locate two libraries there.
- Bolton – Consultation continues over future of libraries - Bolton News. “Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “We are doing all we can to encourage people to take part in the consultation and have their say on the proposals for the library network. We welcome the views of everyone who has an opinion on the changes and have enabled people to fill out the questionnaire online.”
- Brent – Labour MP Barry Gardiner donates to campaign to save Brent’s libraries – Save Kensal Rise Library. ”Labour MP Barry Gardiner has donated to the campaign to save Brent’s libraries. The Brent North MP is backing the campaign to save the six libraries under threat, which are heavily used by young people in the borough.
- Fundraiser: City of London guided walks – Save Kensal Rise Library.
- Cornwall – Library service fears raised - Falmouth Packet. “Liberal Democrats at Cornwall Council have claimed that a plan to strip out managers from the county’s libraries could damage the service for users.” – Council claims most public “will not notice any decline” as up to 30 managers cut and library staff culled. Non-library staff to be used from other “face to face” services.
- Flintshire – Garden City Library to be demolished - Flintshire Chronicle. Library closed in May. “Sealand councillor Chris Jones said: “It is very sad that the building will be gone. It’s the end of an era, but it is better than it being empty. Boarded up buildings are an eyesore.”
- Suffolk – Aldeburgh: group outline library vision - EADT. “Clive Fox, chairman of the steering group, said: “At the heart of our proposal was the strongly held view that the way forward must be through genuine partnerships between the county as statutory library authority and local people, who should be trusted to know best what they need and how to achieve it.”
Oxfordshire: Save Our Library.org umbrella organisation for campaigners.
- Activism, advocacy and professional identity – Johanna Bo Anderson’s blog. “Activism is about politics and ethics, social outcomes and shaping the future – the aim is not just to promote services and influence change but to be the change.”… “I believe that my need to get involved as an activist stems from a lack of advocacy of public libraries in the past. If we had been promoting them and raising their profile all along we would not be in the mess we are in now”
“If the “Big Society” was about shifting real power to local communities, I would be all for it. But localism and community ownership are a smokescreen for massive spending cuts and the transfer of assets to the unelected and unaccountable private and voluntary sectors. This has been made possible by a lack of resources, low expectations from citizens, a lack of passion from public sector workers and the absence of ambition from successive governments.” Big Society or Big Con? – BookSeller (John Pateman). Looking at the pros and cons of volunteers running libraries.
- Caistor – Village SOS (BBC One). Caistor Arts and Culture Centre – old church turned into library amongst other things, with help from council, the Big Lottery Fund and the BBC.
- Communities anxious for change – Locality. “With over 500 community-led regeneration practitioners and supporters expected to attend, Locality ’11 will be the largest event of its kind across the country.” Tickets cost up to £420 plus VAT.
- DCMS Taking Part survey: imagine what could be achieved if we invested in our public libraries – Voices for the Library. “what is most stark about these figures is that social background appears to have no bearing on library usage…The report also demonstrated the importance of public libraries for children, not least considering the increasing cull of school libraries … If authorities are threatening to close up to 50% of libraries when usage has remained stable, will similar cuts be applied to other council services? … Councillors and politicians may be keen to argue that libraries are becoming irrelevant, in order to justify closing them or staffing them with volunteers. The facts suggests otherwise.”
- Ground level view – Community Knowledge Hub. “Thanks to all the councils and communities that have been in touch, we’ve recently been in discussions regarding the potential community transfer of more than fifty libraries! I will in due course be contacting everyone who has expressed interest to formally join the network, so please bear with me.” … list of volunteer-run libraries currently being developed by CHK/Locality … “All of this demonstrates that, while there is absolutely the potential to support innovative service transformation in relation to libraries, communities need support and the cooperation of local authorities and other partners to achieve this.”
- Outsourcing urged to alleviate austerity – Financial Times. Chief Exec of Capita says “When you can see local authorities closing libraries, swimming pools, it’s criminal,” he said. “It’s a political agenda. Billions of pounds could be saved and the public wouldn’t notice the difference.” … “The FTSE 100 company, which already provides services such as storing criminal records for the Home Office and collecting television licence fees for the BBC, expects a wave of outsourcing as the squeeze in public spending forces central and local government to look at radical ways of slashing costs.”… ““Why wouldn’t you outsource council tax collection rather than closing a library?” Mr Pindar asked.”. LGA says ““Cuts to council budgets are both big and front-loaded, which means savings have to be made now and an impact on services is regrettably inevitable. To suggest otherwise is either self-serving or naive,”
- Capita Chief calls cuts criminal – EWeek. Campaign4Change points out Capita makes huge amounts of money from government/council contracts and that any outsourcing should be to smaller companies.
- September is Library Card Sign-up Month - ALA (USA). “a time to remind parents and children that a library card is the most important school supply of all”
“The library is such a great equalizer. It doesn’t take money. You can have access to anything and everything in the world and get that knowledge and that entertainment for free. Especially in our economy right now, with things being expensive and people being laid off and families having issues, to be able to come to the Library … that’s kind of amazing.” Tyra Banks visits NYPL and talks libraries - NYPL (USA).
- Von Hahn: Turning the page on sleek architecture - Star (Canada). “In a city as diverse as ours, with a large population of new Canadians from all over the world, free access to great works, tools for learning and information is so essential, it’s obvious cost-efficiency types keen on closures and privatization haven’t read past the introduction.”. Toronto has been remodellign many of its library buildings, emphasising them as “urban living rooms”. Usage has gone up by from 22 to 66% in each.
Cornwall – 19 library managers may be lost. £1 million cut.
Herefordshire – 2 mobiles have now been withdrawn, replaced by needs-tested home delivery service.
Warwickshire – Between 86 to 120 jobs to be lost as volunteers take over running of 16 branches.
- Barnet Have you ever used the green? - Times series. “As part of the campaign to save Friern Barnet Library, we are considering applying to have the piece of green land to the west of the library designated as a village green.”
- Bradford – Campaigns to keep lending facilities open – Telegraph & Argus. “District libraries under threat of closure have until next week to come up with a rescue plan. Libraries in Wrose, Heaton, Wilsden, Addingham and Denholme are all earmarked for closure as part of a bid by Bradford Council to save £70,000.” Deadline has been extended twice. “In Addingham, the campaign to save the village library is turning into quite a success story, with nearly 30 volunteers on board so far. A charitable association has been set up and several meetings have been held to look at developing the layout of the 17th century building once it has been taken over on October 1.”
- Brent – Campaigners raise money to support action against library closures - Harrow Times. “Residents campaigning to save Preston Library from closure spent last Friday collecting money outside Sainsbury’s, in Kenton, after taking the council to the High Court last month … On Sunday, September 18, Councillor Paul Lorber (Liberal Democrats) will take part in the Fryent Country Park 5km run in support of the campaign.”
- “Give us inquiry into Brent’s library closures” minister told - Harrow Observer. “Anti-cuts campaigners who manned a stall outside Neasden Library in Neasden Lane, Neasden, on Saturday collected more than 160 names urging Tory minister Jeremy Hunt to intervene.” … “Liberal Democrat group leader Councillor Paul Lorber said: “Irrespective of the outcome of the legal action, the secretary of state still has a responsibility to decide whether Brent Council is capable of running a ‘comprehensive and efficient’ library service with just six libraries. “If there is any element of doubt then he should order an inquiry. He should not judge himself.”
- Petitions rally support for Brent libraries – BookSeller. “Many people said how much they and their children value the services that the libraries provide. For their sake I hope Jeremy Hunt listens and orders an inquiry.”
- Cornwall – Library job cuts lead to quality fears - BBC. 19 managers may go. “Lib Dem Councillor Alex Folks said the library staff “are excellent but this proposal will axe the most experienced leadership”. Mr Roden [UNISON] said losing experienced staff will “inevitably lead to a reduced service” and the proposals could see many of Cornwall’s top library managers taking “voluntary redundancy or revised roles”. Former manager says “If they are more under stress, they are less likely to give the great personal service which our library staff have in the past.”
- Dorset – Libraries unite to investigate council’s offer – Dorset Echo. ““We have also recommended that, wherever possible, negotiations should be run by Ad Lib on behalf of all nine libraries, rather than all try and deal with the County Council on our own.” … However, Mr Chaney added: “When it comes to things like money I think each community will have to do its own negotiations because it may depend how much each community has got in its pot.”
- Herefordshire – Future of mobile library service – Herefordshire Council. 2 mobile libraries withdrawn, to be replaced by a “library home delivery service” assessed on needs of health and mobility.
- Somerset – Taunton Library cuts opening hours - This is the WestCountry. “REDUCED opening hours at Taunton Library will come into effect from October 3 as part of massive cutbacks by Somerset County Council.” Cut of ten hours per week. Legal injunction means ““Whilst the injunction stops the withdrawal of funding, the council is still able to change the opening hours of the 23 other libraries.”
- Warwickshire – Residents in bid to take over threatened Warwickshire libraries – Coventry Telegraph. “Coun Colin Hayfield, Warwickshire County Council’s portfolio holder for customers, access and physical assets, said: “It’s extremely encouraging to have heard from all 16 communities where libraries were seen as no longer viable.” Council extended deadline after just six submissions were originally received. “The removal of “unsustainable” libraries from council control could see between 86 to 120 people lose their jobs.”
- Westminster – Anger over closure of Victoria library and three One Stop services - Westminster Chronicle. “St James’s Library and the Victoria One Stop service, both in Victoria Street, closed their doors for the last time on Tuesday.”
- Wirral – So this is what they mean by “lifelong learning” – Wirral Globe. “From now on, when parents are going through the legal process of officially naming their child at the Registrar’s Office, they will also be handed an interim membership card for their child for Wirral Libraries.” Libraries are “packed with music, stories, games, crafts, puzzles, child-size furniture, picture-books, and – significantly – other children.”
- Are books dead and can authors survive? - Guardian. Shortened version of Ewan Morrison’s “of a publishing industry in terminal decline”.
- Children’s centres and libraries join forces for mutual benefit and survival – Nursery World. Looks at Future Libraries Programme report. “One of the pilots within the programme being delivered by Northumberland and Durham County Councils is using e-book readers in Sure Start children’s centres to evaluate how beneficial they might be for children.” Looks at case studies in Bury St Edmunds and one in Hayes Library (Hillingdon).
- What are libraries for? – Co-operatives UK. Looks at FLP report. “But do these things rely on traditional library spaces, vast local book collections and armies of librarians and clerks to make them happen? In fact, many of these functions risk being undermined by off putting, outdated buildings, intimidating search systems and over-busy staff.”
- Barnet – Hampstead Garden Suburb Library to close or be taken over by the Save Our Suburb Library group.
- Blackburn with Darwen – Plus 3 under threat – Roman Road Library to be run by volunteers with less stock/less computers/less hours, saving £36k per year. New Chapel Street Library and Livesey Library may be run by volunteers if pilot scheme successful.
- Buckinghamshire – Ivinghoe Library to be renamed Beacon Villages Community Library and to be run by volunteers (paid manager to be retained) from the Friends of Ivinghoe Library.
- Barnet – Adult college dashes council hopes that it will provide home for Hampstead Garden Suburb library - London 24. College says it was never possible, Council had said they had had “very positive conversations” with college about it. “Deborah Warland, leader of the Save Our Suburb Library campaign, said that the botched deal did not trouble them as the group was still looking to keep the 60-year-old library open in its current location in Market Place.” … Group has 30 volunteers able to help, council says group would need to pay for everything except for rent, which the Council is “locked into” paying for next five years.
- Blackburn with Darwen - Group sought to run Blackburn’s Roman Road Library – Lancashire Telegraph. “One of the solutions is seen as the creation of a series of “gateway” libraries — with friends’ groups paid by the council to assume the management of some of the borough’s smaller facilities.” Roman Road library to be run by volunteers, saving £36k per year.
- Blackburn’s Roman Road Library offered to community groups - BBC. “”At the public consultation, the community sent a clear message that they wanted to retain library provision in the existing building, but were quite supportive and interested in looking at options for shared usage.”
- Bolton – Call for local meetings in bid to save libraries - This is Lancashire. “Councillors have already organised a meeting this Thursday to discuss options for Astley Bridge Library. Now the Save Bolton Libraries Campaign is calling on Bolton Council and local councillors to organise similar meetings in the other four areas where libraries are at risk of closure.”… Council says ““If people still want to organise local meetings then that is fine and I will attend, but these meetings cannot be part of the public consultation.”
Buckinghamshire – Read on: for we have saved our village library - Hemel Today. “The Friends of Ivinghoe Library was formed in March after the announcement last year. The group drew up a business plan, which council bosses have now accepted. Secretary Emma Huxley said: “There was a really strong reaction from the community. Ivinghoe doesn’t lie down and take things easily. We’re really hoping to make the change over before Christmas.”
- Lambeth – Thunder in the libraries - IT-Director. “The libraries in Lambeth have recently been the venue for an experiment to fix both these problems. The initiative is being driven forward by a local resident, Christina Burnett of Wide Eye Pictures, who is passionate about the benefits of computing to VIPs. Like every modern library Lambeth has several computers in each library. The only extra hardware required was headphones.”
- Suffolk – We’ll do all we can to save library - Suffolk Free Press. “Councillors in Sudbury are meeting at the end of this month to discuss the formulation of a business case for the running of the library on Market Hill and this will then be considered by the county council in October.”
“If someone else takes over the library will the same librarians still work there? I think the library is a precious resource to the community. The staff should be our friends, & chat to us about fab stuff, from what I’m doing on my birthday to my favourite episode of Doctor Who. Not much to ask for! Maybe a few more computers & extra computer time, but that may stretch the budget to snapping point!” Comment on Suffolk article
Ideally, a 40% cut in the libraries service (if necessary) and the development of new models would be done over a 3-5 year period with maximum engagement and involvement of local groups and service users.
- Better off more likely to use libraries - BookSeller. Summary of DCMS report given a rather different headline than that when it was covered by this webpage yesterday.
- DCMS Report suggests libraries are “not just for the Middle Class” – Booktrade.info.
- Fréquentation des bibliothèques stable en Angleterre – Actualitte (France).
- Council chief executives enjoy pay rises as services are cut - Daily Telegraph. “Town hall chief executives have seen their pay packets rise by as much as £17,000 while cutting front-line services, including libraries, care for the elderly and bin collections.”…”pay package rose as Tory-led Essex council announced that 450 jobs were to be cut as it struggled to find savings of £98 million. The council has faced controversy after announcing plans to close 12 youth centres and cut library hours.”
- Digital readers are changing the traditional library system – Globe and Mail (Canada). ““It’s bringing new people to the library because they’re thinking, we’re a library, we have books, we must know how to help them with their e-book readers,” said Christina de Castell, manager of online information and news at VPL. “The library hasn’t seen before the same level of interest that e-books are clearly generating.”
- Do mention the war – Sunday Star Times (New Zealand). Roy Clare, ex-head of the MLA, is interviewed. He is proud of his record at the MLA “…And he’s unrepentant about supporting library closures. In fact, Clare thinks the UK’s 1800 museums are too numerous, too”.
- Karin Slaughter to write short story to benefit libraries – Booktrade.info. “A long-time advocate for libraries, Slaughter’s organization Save the Libraries (www.savethelibraries.com) has raised over $50,000 for her local DeKalb County Library system and served as a model for other library advocacy groups around the globe. Her efforts have been graciously supported by the International Thriller Writers and numerous fellow writers.”
- Librarians as life consultants, interview with Gene Tan (president of Library Association of Singapore) – This Week in Libraries.
- Libraries thriving not dieing - Deseret News (USA). “What’s perhaps most surprising, considering the oft-predicted demise of the printed words, is that the number of people visiting libraries keeps rising, said Donna Jones Morris, Utah’s state librarian of seven and a half years.”
- Library Voices wear a literary love on their record sleeves – Ampersand. “And last year, the band played gigs in rural Saskatchewan libraries: “We had in the back of our heads a mellower version of the set that we could perform, and everyone just wanted balls-out rock ’n’ roll.”
“That, however, was before New Labour went to work on it and decided that books were old hat and that what mattered were computer terminals. Books were not only old-fashioned and complicated to manage but smacked of elitism. So the book sections were downsized and the vacated space filled up with computers. This policy overlooked the fact that all over the developing world, internet cafés are as common as grocery stores. Lending libraries, on the other hand, especially ones with English books in them, are as rare as unicorns.” Peter Popham: A sad case of the wrong address – Independent.
- Reads and the Read-Nots – National Literacy Trust. “New National Literacy Trust research of 18,141 children reveals a polarised nation of young readers with 1 in 6 reporting that they don’t read a single book in a month, while 1 in 10 say they read more than 10 books in a month. This divide between the “reads” and the “read-nots” is concerning because the research shows reading frequency has a direct link to attainment, as 8 in 10 children who read over 10 books a month are above average readers compared to just 3 in 10 of those who rarely read.”
- Slaughter writes digital-only story to benefit libraries – BookSeller. “Slaughter said: “Librarians have always stood up for writers and readers in every kind of community across this country. The demand for their programs and services is increasing while their budgets are decreasing. It’s time that we stood up for them.”
- Croydon – Campaign group: Croydonlibraries.org.
- Lambeth – Consultation until 16th September. Campaign group: Save Lambeth Libraries #SaveLambthLibs
- Croydon – Referendum: the future of Croydon libraries - Croydonlibraries.org. “Croydon’s Conservative Council have rejected community calls backed by Labour Councillors, to hold an Independent Library review for Croydon to see how our local Libraries can remain locally owned and accountable to local people, instead they have decided to ‘market test’ Croydon’s Library service ahead of a possible privatisation. We want to know what the people of Croydon think so please take a minute and vote in our referendum.”
- Devon – French trip inspired Sparkwell’s new community library – BBC. “Sparkwell library will be staffed by volunteers and run from the village’s old school building. It is the fourth community library to open in south Devon and will be supported by the county council.”
- New Sparkwell Library – ITV WestCountry Tonight. “A village in South Devon was devastated when it lost its local school. Now its residents have got together and opened their own library using part of the old school buildings.”
- Durham – Sunday closure for Durham Clayport Library - BBC. “Maria Plews, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for leisure, libraries and lifelong learning, said: “The average number of people using Clayport Library each Sunday has fallen by more than 70% during the last three years. At a time when we have to make significant savings as a result of the Government grant reductions it is simply not sustainable or sensible for Sunday opening to continue.”
- Edinburgh – Hundreds gather in Sighthill to try to smash world record - STV. “218 children and adults gathered at Sighthill Library in Gate 55 hoping to smash the current record of 290 readers, set in 2010 in Vienna, Austria. Under the watchful eye of Guinness World Record adjudicator Claire Burgess, each read one sentence from award-winning Scottish author Theresa Breslin’s book Prisoner in Alcatraz.”… UK record reached … “It was amazing to see all the age range of participants. It was great to see the buggies arriving, then grannies and then young people. A good one for the libraries.”
“In the whole it demonstrates the difficulty local authorities are having in making these cuts so quickly. Ideally, a 40% cut in the libraries service (if necessary) and the development of new models would be done over a 3-5 year period with maximum engagement and involvement of local groups and service users. Proposals would be phased in and models tested. Money would be available during this time to ensure some form of continuity. None of this has happened and it seems the model has been decided by officers and then presented to the public.” Gloucestershire – Libraries, raised tempers and Gloucestershire County Council - We Love Local Government.
- Oxfordshire – Villagers invited to discuss future of library - Henley Standard. “This means volunteers would be needed to maintain the current opening hours but the libraries would be given free use of their buildings, access to the council’s book stock and computer network and professional support from librarians. So far, the council has received more than 1,000 responses to the consultation, which began at the beginning of June after being delayed four times.”
- Community libraries “can work” – Henley Standard. “David Silvester said that Buckinghamshire County Council saved 20 per cent of the costs of its library service by handing over 14 of its 23 libraries to communities to run. Oxfordshire County Council is proposing to withdraw two-thirds of staff funding from 16 libraries, including those in Sonning Common, Benson, Woodcote, Watlington and Goring.”
- Suffolk – Town pushing ahead with library pilot bid – EADT. “All I can say at the moment is that we did meet with council officers on Thursday and the process for discussing the start-up of the Aldeburgh pilot next April has begun but there’s lots more detailed discussion to be had.”
- Wigan – Plan for libraries go ahead - Wigan Today. “The council and its partners in Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, who manage the library service, need to find £1.1m in savings from the library budget following government cuts…” Cuts to library service pushed through council “..Despite 40 or so people protesting at the meeting, councillors said they thought the plans were the right thing to do.”
Numbers336 libraries (298 buildings and 38 mobiles) are currently under threat or have been closed/left council control since 1/4/13 out of c.4265 in the UK. The complete list is on "Tally by Local Authority" page as are other changes to budgets such as cuts to hours, bookfund and staffing. Public Libraries News estimates 78 libraries and 14 mobiles were lost in 2012/13, although this is likely to be an underestimate. CIpfa have calculated that 201 library service points were lost 2011/12 . Public Libraries News has tracked down links to 142 of these via counting up all reports about public libraries in the media each day. Full Fact have analysed the accuracy of the figures. For a list of new and refurbished buildings see this page,
- Unison surveys the damage
- The road not taken: the French and English library systems compared
- New library in Southwark, nine less in Sunderland
- Blog posting suggests Yinnon Ezra exists. Evidence less clear on Maria Miller’s understanding of the point of libraries
- Accentuate the positive .. but not by eliminating the negative
- Tim Coates on The road not taken: the French and English library systems compared
- Ruth Walters on Libraries with music practice rooms
- Horses for short and medium courses on The view from France: what did we expect?
- Christopher Pipe on The view from France: what did we expect?
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Disclaimers and thanks
Please note that this website is maintained entirely in my own time and should in no way be seen to reflect the opinions or otherwise of my employer.
I would also like to add at this point my thanks to Shirley Burnham for her frequent emails with relevant public libraries news which I then use as a a large part of the material for this site.
Warren O'Donoghue of Rabbitdigital Design has been wonderful in designing and creating this website, maintaining it and basically being there for the one hundred and one web problems that seem to surface all the time.
A mention should also go to Sally Pewhairangi who runs the excellent "Finding Heroes" library news website and daily email service, providing valuable insights from the world and, as interestingly, from New Zealand.