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

Tuesday 9th November

Hounslow 12 staff lost, skills suite lost– Hounslow Advertiser
Buckinghamshire proposals – 14 out of 26 libraries to become volunteer-run – Mix 96
Surrey – Dorking to have larger new library – BBC
Librarian attacks judge with meat cleaver in work tribunal – Mirror
USA – Survey about privatisation of libraries – Library Research Service
USA – library display ideas – Library Journal

Monday 8th November

Warwick – Library closes two weeks for refurb and self-service introduction
Surrey – “Library is my exciting castle” says girl fighting library move – Surrey Today
Cornwall – Truro Library hosts acoustic gigs – BBC
Leicestershire – CV writing/job hunting at all libraries – inloughborough.com
Ebooks – trying to limit access is a “category mistake – Guardian

USA “The resources in your local library have the power to change the world; but the doors must be kept open” – Washington Post
Bangladesh – Dude, Where’s My Library? – e-bangladesh.org

Friday 5th November

Central Bedfordshire – all mobile libraries to go, other cuts imminent – BBC News
Richmond – Heathfield library to close despite promises to the contrary – Richmond and Twickenham Times
Warrington – Great Sankey, Grappenhall and all mobile libraries to close – Warrington Guardian
Worcester – New library under construction changes skyline – Worcester News
Wales – Usage up, investment up – News Wales
First PLR cut in 20 years – BookSeller
ITALY – libraries to strike to protest at cuts – Easy Voyage
Redefining the Library – International Business Times

Wednesday 3rd November

Leeds – plans to close 20 libraries delayed as city watchdog object – Guardian
Stoke – 2 libraries (and mobile library service) cut and £175k off books/events – BBC
Harrogate – Duchess of Cornwall opens new Library / Education Centre – BBC
Corby – £30m multi-use council building including library opens – BBC

USA – Survey of results of votes on library funding – American Libraries Magazine

Tuesday 2nd November

MLA chief Roy Clare questions the supremacy of the physical library over virtual resources, much to anger of Tim Coates – The Good Library Guide / LIS-PUB-LIBS
Somerset – Highbridge Library closure attacked by Town Council – thisisthewestcountry.co.uk
Shropshire – new Oswestry library sees 30% increase in issues – Border Counties Advertiser
Dorset library cuts planned of £300k. Bournemouth £160k – Bournemouth Echo
Brighton & Hove use Foursquare – PR Week
Defence of public libraries in new blog – cost is c.£20 p.a. per person (inc.children)

Monday 1st November

Hampshire – 58 FTE to go but hours will increase, no libraries to close.– BookSeller
160 march in protest at Lewisham closures – alangibbons.net

GUAM – money found to keep all libraries open. – Kuam
USA – “More libraries, more brains!” chant zombies marching for libraries – savenyclibraries.org
USA – list of haunted libraries – ilovelibraries.org

Sunday 31st October

INDIA – Communist supporter of libraries die – Express Buzz
USA – Las Vegas Libraries open less hours but “packed” – Las Vegas Review Journal

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