Ian Anstice

Public librarian since 1994, user of public libraries since my first memories ... and a keen advocate of public libraries and chronicler of the UK public libraries scene. Library manager since 1998, winner of Information Professional of the Year 2011 and Winsford Customer Service "Oscar" 2012 and 2014, honorary CILIP fellow 2015, CILIP Wales Library Champion of the Year 2016.

Homepage: http://www.publiclibrariesnews.com


Posts by Ian Anstice

Saturday 30th October

CIPFA figures show library visiting and borrowing down, staff down, volunteers up – alangibbons.net – CIPFA figures showvisits 2009 to 2010 down 1.6%, borrowers down 2.4%, .1% increase in expenditure. Northern Ireland shows big increase in usage and expenditure.
10 points for public libraries from the Reading Agency roundtable – alangibbons.net
Lewisham – Protest march as 12 libraries about to close – South London Today, via alangibbons.net.  Tim Coates analyses the figures and suggests no Lewisham libraries need to close at all.
Devon – 1 hour Wii per day – BBC
Devon – New Ecotown of Cranbrook to include library – BBC
Dorset – £22.5m cuts probably to include libraries – BBC
FirstClick online introduction courses in libraires – BBC
Harrow – 34 jobs lost due to self-service – Harrow Observer, via alangibbons.net

In praise of physical libraries – Times Online“God put the rainbow in the clouds … so the viewer can see the possibility of hope. That’s what a library is” says Maya Angelou – NECN.Com
GUAM – 4 out of 6 libraries to close due to cuts – Guampdn.com
USA – library lends out Nook ebooks – Columbia Patch
USA Keith Richards plays NYPL “I love libraries”  – New York Post

20th October 2010

28th October 2010

Leicester – merged library will cost £500k but save £228k p.a. – BBC News.  Full info on Leicester council site.
Ebooks – BookSeller blogger attacks publishers “confrontational and regressive” – BookSeller
Oldham – one quarter off library budget – comments below article of equal interest – Oldham News
Hertfordshire / Cornwall / West Sussex cuts summary – BookSeller
Aberdeen’s £127m cuts plan includes libraries – BBC
Staffordshire meeting the future – self-service, wifi –  Staffordshire Newsletter

USA Hartford Libraries set up HartfordInfo.org, winning Top Innovations Award – Huffington Post

27th October 2010

UK Libraries need a hero – The Bookseller
USA – senior citizen discussion group barred from library as it turns nasty – Broward Palm Beach New Times
USA library policy in favour of filtering internet searches – Library Journal
Ebooks in libraries – your chance to vote – Publishing Perspectives

26th October 2010

Libraries may be frozen out of ebooks from publishers – Guardian. Radio 4 PM programme discusses the matter (at 47 to 53 minutes).
Leicestershire – look at new library, staff losses, public fear less books –  This Is Leicestershire
Hertfordshire looks to cut library opening by one third as an alternative to closing them – BBC, with more information here showing mobile library routes in town will be cut.
New mobile libraries may come to Angus after libraries closed down – Press and Journal

HOLLAND – a “post-print” library – fastcodesign.
USA Chicago looking at vending-machine books – Chicago Sun Times
NZ Human chain moves books to new library in Hawaii – Hawaii News Now and a video of it is here.
USA Retaining the institutional knowledge of retiring staff – American Libraries Magazine
AUSTRALIA cuts in Liverpool libraries –  Liverpool Leader
USA Seattle gets collection agency to call those with fines – komonews.com

25th October 2010

Defence of libraries after Leeds start consultation on closing 20 libraries – Guardian – refers to decision by Leeds detailed here.
CILIP on the rocks? Membership dept closes with 3 job losses, magazines merge – Bookseller
Houston – Highly successful WII games use in public library described, and defended – americanlibrariesmagazine
Library book vending machines – Education Technology.  Wall Street Journal likes the idea.
Private company takes over California library – public often doesn’t notice – LA Times
Northamptonshire Libraries lend out energy monitors –  aboutmyarea.com
Aberdeenshire looks to closing libraries as part of £127m cuts – BBC news

24th October 2010

Libraries will be among hardest hit by cuts – Express, via alangibbons.net
Nottingham authors fight against 75% bookfund cut, 80 job losses – The Independent
US libraries have too few computers to meet increase jobseeking demand – The Economist
Lawrence library emphasises its many different roles in order to boost its funding – Lawrence Journal, US
Omaha librarian resigns after her work teaching English to immigrants is questioned – Omaha World-Herald, US
Library wants more Friends, summary of what Friends have done for them – Herald Extra, US

23rd October 2010

Ebooks will be allowed in UK libraries only for those who physically enter the library – thebookseller.com
What the spending review means for libraries – alangibbons.net
Tim Coates says council funding cuts of 5% per year easily fundable by cutting overheads – goodlibraryguide.com
CILIP’s response to the comprehensive spending review – cilip.org.uk.  Three staff leave CILIP due to it’s own budget problems.
Leeds libraries at risk of closure due to government cuts – Yorkshire Evening Post
Dudley libraries are “carer aware” – Stourbridge News
Cornwall plans to reduce number of libraries from 40 to 14 – BBC News Cornwall
New York Subway public library – New York Times article on the Terence-Cardinal Cooke-Cathedral Library
Minneapolis Libraries offer homework help, and a lot else, via volunteers – Twin Cities Daily Planet

23rd October 2010