Media mentions

Circulation figures for Public Libraries News since 1st November 2010 to 18th March 2012 are 268,000 hits over the last year.  175,000 of these have come from the UK, with 41,000 from the USA and 8,700 from France, with the rest coming from all around the globe. As of midMarch 2013, PLN has nearly 287 email subscribers and and an average of around 600 pageviews each week day.

Public Libraries News comes top in the UK for google searches for “public libraries news”, “public library cuts” and “public library news”.  It is on the first page in the UK for the search term “public library”.

“Keep up the good work, your blog is hugely valuable. I think libraries, like playing fields, long suffered from always being a local fight, without anyone talking about the national picture.” Jane Mackenzie, Reporter, Private Eye (October 2013).

“a really essential resource for anyone interested in the future of public libraries.” Boyd Tonkin of the Independent (September 2011)

“Public Libraries News continues to be a fantastically useful resource for keeping up to date with debate and news” Carnegie UK Trust (February 2014)

Links

Alan Gibbons – frequent mentions.

BBC – Mentioned in news report on Julia Donaldson (9/9/12).  Linked on rare occasions as site for further information eg. Warwickshire (2011).  Used prominently in story on decline in library usage (27/9/13).

BookSeller - Used as source of how many libraries under threat, notably 22/2/14 with quotes.

Booktrade.infoRegular mentions inc.  5/9/12, 12/7/13.

Brummie – Under “useful links”

Capita – Many quotes in “Protecting Library Services” white paper, March 2013.

Carnegie UK Trust – “a fantastically useful resource for keeping up to date with debate and news” in newsletter, Feb 2014.

CILIP -  External link on “Save Our Libraries Day”.  Spoke on volunteer libraries at CILIP Umbrella 2014 and on leadership at CILIP Wales 2013.

Courier – Mentioned as source of numbers of libraries under threat – November 2013.

Designing Libraries – One of only ten UK library titles listed on its guide page. 27/11/12.

East London Lines – On Croydon privatisation tenders -  2/10/12,

False Economy  “Ian Anstice, who blogs at Public Library News, has provided a brilliant – if sobering – public service by mapping cuts and proposed cuts to libraries around the UK. Someone please nominate him for a Big Society Award. As he reported at the weekend, this is version two of the map; the original couldn’t cope with the number of closures listed.”

Financial Times – 28/3/11 and 16/1/13.

Guardian - Described PLN as “influential” in  article 4/9/12 and 15/1/13.  Quoted 20/9/12. Uses PLN count for number of libraries under threat e.g 31/8/12 and 20/11/12, Quoted in Hulk article 16/5/13. 11/7/13.  Malorie Blackman, children’s laureate, quoted PLN figures in Guardian “Comment is Free” piece 22/9/13. Hugh Muir’s Diary 10/10/13.

House of Commons – Mentioned in Parliamentary Questions by By Under Secretary of State for CMS,  Ed Vaizey.  5/9/12.

House of Lords – Mentioned in Questions for Short Debate by Viscount Clancarty. 9/7/12.

Independent – Front page article 31/7/12. Boyd Tonkin (15/9/12) Article (12/7/13)

Independent on Sunday – Mentioned on article on Julia Donadlson’s letter to DCMS about libraries 9/9/12.

Labour Party – Used as source of knowledge on number of libraries under threat (eg. June 2013).

Library Campaign - Links. Latest magazine describes PLN as “highly topical site that lists all the news about library services in danger, in easily searchable form.  Lots of other material too”.

Local Government Association – Sue Charteris noted PLN as one of four sources for her presenation on the equality duty for local councils (September 2013).

Mirror – Described PLN a “prestigious” in article 31/7/12.

More Intelligent Life

National Literacy Trust – Uses PLN count for number of libraries under threat

New Statesman – “Many people have been fighting to save libraries for quite some time now — if you want to join them, or to check what your own council’s plans for libraries are, a good place to begin is here, where Ian Anstice, a public librarian, has created a site that is the most up-to-date mine of information on the web.”

LSE - Described as “the ‘nerve centre’ for saving libraries under threat of shutting down”

Observer – Article on volunteer libraries 11/1/14.

Peter’s BookSelling Services – Linked to Big Society “stealing library jobs” post.

Poltics.co.uk – Comment piece.

PoliticsHome – Piece by the Earl of Clancarty on Government’s long-term strategy for arts and culture – 9/7/12.

Private Eye – used numbers under threat from Public Libraries News, April 2013.  Directly quoted about Laing and Hounslow Libraries August 2013.

Reading Agency – Described as one of two “useful sources for the latest situation on cuts in libraries” – link.

Scotsman - 9/9/12 in article on Julia Donaldson’s tour of libraries.

Silver Surfer Today – 10/9/12.

Speak Up For Libraries – Speaker at the conference in Westminster, March 2012.  Campaign used figures from Public Libraries News for press releases, used by the Telegraph and others.

Telegraph – 14/2/13.

UNISON - “This well-respected and regularly updated website contains information about the closures proposed across the country, with links to relevant campaign groups and news articles”.  Also quoted in 2013 report “The Damage”.

Voices For The Library

Words With Jam - Interview.  “Not only is it [Public Libraries News] the most comprehensive site going for information on threats, closures and campaigns around the country but Ian somehow manages to combine passionate and forthright views with an approach that is always balanced and fair minded” (8/10/12).

International

Enviedecrire – Uses total libraries under threat

Le Monde – Directly quoted in article (28/9/12).

Cited in “Efectos de la  crisis económica en las bibliotecas españolas” in El Profesional de la Informacion, March-April 2014.

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