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- Why libraries?
Telegraph calls Oxon Tory Leaders libraries viewpoint “astonishing”
- Please sign the national petition in support of public libraries.
- Book your place on the Library Campaign conference, 22/10/11
- Joe Orton and our relationship with libraries – Channel Four News. Five minute video clip on Orton’s defacing of library books in the early 1960s, which led to Joe receiving six months (!) in prison. “In 1962 libraries were considered important hubs of the community and so an attack on their collection of books was seen as an attack on society. This is interesting to consider in the light of the threat of closure currently facing several libraries around the country.”. Including clip of New Cross library protest. … “For now, the Essex Road library in Islington isn’t under threat. And the upcoming exhibition will draw attention to its unique place in literary history. But perhaps it might also serve another purpose and make us all reflect once more on just how important libraries are – and should be considered by all of us, councils and governments included. If it succeeds on that front, I’m sure Joe Orton would approve of the irony.”
- Love your library - Library Council (Eire). A short and simple video on usage of Irish libraries, encouraging people to visit. There has not been to my knowledge any English library authority or body making a promotional video of similar nature this year.
- Philip Pullman’s library campaign blamed for social service cuts - Telegraph. Keith Mitchell (leader of Oxfordshire) comments criticised. Campaigner says issue is not “party political” and that there is scope for saving money within the library service. Article calls Mitchell’s claim “astonishing” and that “Mr Mitchell failed to acknowledge that among those vocally opposed to the library service cuts was Barry Norton, David Cameron’s election agent and leader of West Oxfordshire District Council.” Comments after article are very largely critical of Mr Mitchell who appears to have shot himself in the foot and perhaps needs to relax with a good library book to recover. Alan Gibbons’ comments add that Mr Mitchell is wrong due to (a) other cuts could be made and (b) the money is there (as shown by £1.7bn found for weekly bin collections and council tax freeze).
- Phony War - Question Everything. Includes picture of Keith Mitchell in full Freemasons outfit. “What I think Keith is doing here is actually quite cunning. The people protesting against the current library proposals are largely voters in Tory villages where all of the library cuts are happening under this proposal. His plan I believe then is: A. Muddy the argument and make it about something else B. Wind the lefties up so his own side closes ranks against them and votes through the proposal, regardless of any evidence that it won’t work.”
- Public libraries petition: please sign, we need 100,000 signatures - MumsNet. Interesting comments showing a wide range of views.
- Who will be the last one standing? – LaRue’s Views (USA). “Back in 2008, I was interviewed by a reporter. With a knowing air, he asked me if libraries were going to survive the Internet. On Feb. 27, 2009, after 150 years of operation, his newspaper, the Rocky Mountain News, printed its final edition. Now when reporters ask me that question I answer, “You bet we’ll survive. Will you?”
Hampshire - 42 libraries will have hours cut by one day per week, the 11 other branches (the largest) will be open at least 50 hours per week . Volunteers may be used to increase these hours or take over those branches under threat of closure.
Islington – Some may close. Ruled out turning into a trust. £30k less bookfund, no CDs, increased fines/charges, may co-locate libraries with colleges/community centres, opening hours reduced to three days per week.
Middlesbrough – 4 branches and 1 mobile under threat – Grove Hill, Easterside, Marton and Thorntree. £50k bookfund cut, close the mobile £50k, 1.5 less managers (£36k).
Northern Ireland – 30 FTE jobs to go, £10.3m cut over four years.
- Barnet – Save our libraries - Our Barnet. Front page article and photo from Save Friern Barnet Library campaign. Details council decisions and campaign to save libraries in Barnet and next steps.
- Blackburn with Darwen - New library service in North Turton to beat cuts - Lancashire Telegraph. Mobile library withdrawn so, instead, “a stock of 250 titles will be housed in a community building and volunteers will help monitor the loaning out of the books. Every six weeks, 50 titles will be exchanged.”
- Bolton – Community trust could run library - Bolton News. “Residents said the loss of the library would be a big blow for the community, with others asking if they could withhold their council tax if the facility shut. They backed running the library as a social enterprise, which could attract grants, sponsorship and commercial backing.”
- “Quality not quantity” at core of 200-page report - Bolton News. “The review states that the council’s statutory responsibility is to provide a library service for bolton, not necessarily a branch library service.” … “The council’s main message in the report is “quality not quantity”. Most residents in Bolton, the review states, will still live within two miles of a library.”. Final decision to be made next Wednesday, with protest rally planned for outside.
- Doncaster – Volunteer your time to save our libraries - Save Doncaster Libraries. “If you’ve got any time to spare on the morning of Wednesday 12th October, please join us outside the Mansion House in Doncaster before the Cabinet meeting, where we’ll be protesting the Mayor’s proposals to force communities to run their own libraries, which we believe is unfair, unrealistic and unsustainable. There are many alternatives which the Mayor has refused to listen to because they do not fit in with his political views and the desire he’s had all along – to massively reduce the library service – purely because he doesn’t see the point of it.”
- Mayor of Doncaster answering questions - BBC Radio Sheffield (2:11:00 on). Includes facts like mayor has never used a library but libraries are “vital in schools”. People should stop “belly-aching” about the cuts and suggest where else they should fall.
- Gloucestershire – Children’s laureate to read to school children at Stroud Library - Stroud News and Journal. Julia Donaldson: “”I’ve always been a big fan of libraries. They are where children discover their taste in books and become lifelong readers. I am planning to visit as many as I can during my two years as children’s laureate, to draw attention to all the exciting things that can and do go on in them. My hope is that these visits will result in children who are not already members signing up with their local library.”
- Hampshire – Centre could be made “key” hub - Gazette. Smaller libraries may close one more day per week, while 11 largest remain unaffected. Councillor in charge of libraries says “We have to make the service sustainable, so clear business sense has to prevail to give everyone reasonable access at least cost, especially when you consider we have one instance where the figures show every visit to one of our libraries costs the taxpayer £15 a time.”” Volunteers may help out or even take over under threat libraries.
- Hertfordshire – Local and Libraries Cabinet panel - Hertfordshire Council. Papers on the proposal for extending opening hours by allowing volunteer groups and charities to use libraries out of hours.
- European lobbying pays off - We Heart Libraries. “One of the East of England MEPs that we contacted has come back with a positive response. Andrew Duff, the Cambridge-based Liberal Democrat representative, is now more engaged with the issues facing libraries across Europe and says he may be open to supporting action on the subject in future.”
- Library opening hours added to council’s scrutiny work programme - We Heart Libraries. “The Overview and Scrutiny Committee has considered the idea and agreed to put library opening hours and mobile services on its work programme for the end of next year – by which time it feels the new system will have been in place long enough for some useful evidence to be gathered. This is in line with its usual rules on the length of time after which decisions become appropriate for scrutiny.”
- Islington – Libraries: the battle begins – Islington Tribune. “Staff say that at meetings there have been “ominous noises” about how “a library can be set up anywhere” and that space inside existing libraries could be rented, or buildings even sold.” … “One librarian, who asked to be identified as “Adrian Mole” but whose identity is known to the Tribune, said that staff morale was rock-bottom and that the council had expressed its “terror” about public reaction to the plans…. these cuts are the equivalent of losing two libraries …”. Alan Gibbons “believes that local authorities have room to manoeuvre. Newcastle and Hull have managed to avoid library closures and to protect services,” he said.“The cuts in Islington look unnecessary. The first place they should be looking is to cut management services. Hitting frontline services is pretty lazy thinking.”
- Lambeth – Minet Library and Lambeth Archives - Facebook group includes some very interesting looking events.
- Middlesbrough – Children’s services may suffer under budget cut plans - Northern Echo. “Libraries may shut in Grove Hill, Easterside, Marton and Thorntree as well as eight Sure Start Children’s Centres.”
- Northern Ireland – Over 30 library posts face axe in cuts plan - Belfast Telegraph. “The libraries authority, Libraries NI, told members that as part of its cost-cutting exercise to save £10.3m over the next four years, library staffing hours could be cut by 1,200 hours per week.“This equates to 33 full-time posts. However, as many library workers are part-time, the impact will be even greater and will greatly affect the predominantly female workforce,” a statement added afterwards.”
- Oxfordshire - Future of Benson Library: a new chapter – Friends of Benson Library. An extremely professional report defending the library. Executive Summary has also been produced.
- West Sussex – Meeting tonight on library cuts - County Times. Steyning library will face 15% cut in budget. Parish council meeting to look at ways of supporting library and to voice the concerns of the community.
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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,
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- 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.