Archive for December, 2010

Shropshire closing ref library? Figure now 279 libraries under threat

279 libraries plus 19 mobiles currently under threat or recently closed.

Reasons for increases to figure.
– Plus 7 and 2 mobiles – Gloucestershire.  Figure increased due to comment from a Glos campaigner (on 6 Dec news – see below) who has kindly clarified I was using optimistic (!) figures.  Figure now 25 libraries and 6 mobiles if one includes those reduced to a pitiful 3.5 hours per week.
– Plus 8 – Figure increased by 8 as Walsall cuts noticed and included (thanks to Library Watch). Walsall are putting all their libraries under review, with the worst 8 closing.
– Plus 1 -Shropshire is considering merging it’s reference library with Shrewsbury public library – I am including this as a loss as up to 10FTE could go.

Barking and Dagenham – petition to save Chadwell Heath –
Barking and Dagenham – Facebook group to save Chadwell Heath – Facebook
Gloucestershire – protesters demand apology – Gloucestershire Echo. Comment by campaigner here. Fascinating fight in the comments with an anti-library commenter.
Hampshire – Libraries chief retires, dept to merge – BookSeller
Leicestershire – smaller libraries could be run by community groups – inLoughborough
Oxfordshire – cuts driven by ideology – Oxford Times
Shropshire – Reference Library may merge with Shrewsbury Library – Shropshire Star
Wandsworth – meeting at York Gardens – Battersea People
Wiltshire – protests at move out of town of Melksham Library – This is Wiltshire

Big Books charity in libraries – Guardian
INDIA – and we thought we had problems, over 3000 libraries closed – Times of India
US – Small is all, who runs the USA’s 9214 libraries? – American Libraries
US – Big Tent Librarianship – Library Journal

Wigan says only 2 out of 16 libraries safe: Redbridge announce 5 closures.

263 libraries plus 17 mobiles currently under threat or recently closed.

Wigan has put out a public consultation that says only 2 of its 17 libraries are safe from closure.   It is unlikely Wigan will close all of these but it is possible so the figure stands as 15 out of 17 under threat. I had previously put the figure for Wigan as 6 so the total has increased by nine.   The London borough of Redbridge has announced five of its 12 libraries, relocating a sixth.

Gloucestershire – Lib Dems against the closures – Friends of Glos Libraries
Kent – traditional library may change forever – This is Kent
Lewisham – appeal to volunteers for  5 libraries, two more London authorities due to do the same – LocalGov
Milton Keynes – town council pr proposed closure of Stony Straford library – AboutMyArea
North Tyneside – Budget cuts mean libraries at risk – Chronicle Live
Oxfordshire – don’t close my children’s library – Henley Standard
Oxfordshire – anger growing at proposed closure of libraries – Henley Standard
Oxfordshire – Labout group against the closures – Oxford Mail
Redbridge – 6 out of 12 libraries may close – Wanstead and Woodford Guardian
Wigan – 15 out of 17 libraries under threat as public consultation begins – Wigan and Leisure Culture Trust

Professional vs. Non-Professional as Rome burns – Good Library Blog
Alan Gibbons – 1000 petition to Ed Vaizey – Guardian. See also The BookSeller
In praise of libraries – Paul on Books
Are you sick about hearing about libraries yet? – Book Maven
Can librarians protest against cuts in their own authority? – Sintoblog
For love of libraries – Sue Hyams

Fear for Cromer Library; Wigan; Senior Librarians are to blame?

249 libraries plus 17 mobiles currently under threat or recently closed

Fears for North Norfolk libraries and Sheffield are pre-emptive in nature but realistic. The campaign in Wigan gets going.  The Good Library Guide again raises controversy.

Gloucestershire – why Gloucestershire is not like Buckinghamshire – Friends of Glos Libraries
North Norfolk – fears for Cromer Library – £1m reduction – Eastern Daily Press
Sheffield – Library Workers for a Brighter Future – 30% cuts expected – Sheffield Telegraph
Wigan – don’t let us lose out library – 6 libraries to close, £1.1m cut – Wigan Today

Open Letter to Jeremy Hunt MP – JM Lockwood
Why libraries really, really matter – Philip Ardagh
Senior librarians at a national level are strongly to blame for the current state of affairs – Good Library Guide
Librarians today are nothing like in the 1970s but they’re still here, and needed – Information Today

2 libraries to close in Milton Keynes; Worries in Kirklees

249 libraries plus 17 mobiles currently under threat or recently closed

The figure has increased from 246 to 249 due to the announcement of 2 libraries in danger of closing in Milton Keynes and at least one likely to close in Kirklees.  The list has been missing Barnet from the list as its proposed “EasyCouncil” cuts were announced before this blog started – this omission has now been amended. There have been a pile of pro-library blogs coming out due to a “Campaign for the Book” campaign and all of them make heartwarming reading for librarians.  

Hampshire – mobile library service cuts/review – Portsmouth The News
Kirklees – at least 1 library under threat – Mirfield Reporter
Kirklees – 2 new mobiles on the road –  Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Milton Keynes – 2 libraries to close – Alan Gibbons
Milton Keynes – campaign already started – About My Aread
Northumberland – library review out on Monday – Morpeth Herald
Oxfordshire – library’s positive role – Oxford Times
Oxfordshire – appeal to write to Secretary of State – Friends of Old Town Library NB the same letter can be used for writing about other areas which may contravene the Act.

Why you should care about libraries – V. Kathryn Evans
Aslan waits patiently but may never be found – Joanna Canon
Libraries – old-fashioned? – Nana Kiliham
Library Emergency – the unkindest cut of all – Scribble City Central
Thoughts from a reluctant library user – Who Ate My Brain?
Libraries – nostalgia may soon be not what it used to be – An Awfully Big Blog Adventure
Why Libraries are important – Dave Cousins
Bye Bye Libraries, Bye Bye Civilization – Notes from the slushpile
Libraries – not just a place to borrow books from – A Novel Way
The names to name – fight for our libraries – Notes from the slushpile
Don’t close our libraries you bastards – Bryony Pearce

Wigan threat to close 6 libraries, Renfrewshire to downsize 2

246 libraries plus 17 mobiles currently under threat or recently closed

Number has increased due to a figure (6) being placed on the number of libraries threatened in Wigan.  Hampshire are reviewing mobile library services (on top of 58 FTE losses already announced). Renfrewshire are closing 2 libraries and moving them in to community centres – I have not included these two in the tally as technically the libraries are just moving site.

Tim Coates in the Good Library Guide appears to be forming a Libraries Alliance and also confidently states that legal action will be taken against the first authority that appears to contravene the 1964 Libraries and Museums Act.

The House of Lords discussed public libraries today with an interesting insight into how the great and the good regard the issues involved.  The public reaction to the proposed dramatic closure of 10 out of 11 libraries in the Isle of Wight appears to be growing.  Channel Four worries about Islamist hatebooks in public libraries and there is a brutal murder by crossbow in Toronto Library.

Argyll and Bute – 2 library closures the preferred option – Helensburgh Advertiser
Buckinghamshire – council appeals to the Big Society – Bucks Free Press
CILIP – election results – CILIP
Gloucestershire – consultation plans “a complete sham” – Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries
Gloucestershire – ex-librarians protest at cuts – This is Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire – council appeals to the Big Society – Gazette (are Bucks and Glos talking to eachother?)
Gloucestershire – new campaign group to save libraries – Cotswold Journal
Hampshire – mobile library service review – Salisbury Journal
Hartlepool – more on the cuts already announced – Gazette Live – original news here 
Houses of Parliament – Public Libraries and Museum Act 1964 (Amendment) Bill 2010-11 – Parliament
House of Lords – discusses public libaries – Alan Gibbons
Isle of Wight – cuts may mean strike – Isle of Wight County Press
Isle of Wight – don’t let 150 years of libraries die – Isle of Wight County Press
Neath Port Talbot – library included in new Afan Lido – BBC
North Yorkshire – cost of closures will be the community – Harrogate Advertiser, via Voices for the Library
North Yorkshire – Eastfield library closure is robbing the poor – Scarborough Evening News
Oxfordshire – three letters from authors against the cuts – Alan Gibbons
Renfrewshire – 2 libraries to close and move into community centres – Evening Times
Wakefield – Dec 2009 library closure was railroaded through – Wakefield Express
Wigan – Help us save our library – Wigan Today

Library Alliance CIC to be formed – Tim Coates
Legal action to take place when libraries closed – Tim Coates
Inquiry called into “Islamist hate books” in UK libraries – Channel Four
“Who uses libraries?” poem – Keren David
Who are Voices for the Library? – CILIP
World Book Night – boosting reading at a time of library closures – Daily Telegraph
USA – Library Toddler story time is great (inc. NYPL video) – Huffington Post
USA – man killed with crossbow in Toronto library – Suite 101

Gloucestershire Media Blitz

 240 libraries plus 17 mobiles currently under threat or recently closed

Some library management posts in Rochdale have been cut but the details are unclear. It’s worth pointing out that there are a lot of library staff cuts that are simply not reported – vacancies are simply not being filled in many authorities to replace those who have left the service.

The campaign to save Gloucestershire libraries continue to impress with its almost daily media coverage (TV, Radio, Petition, MP responses) and Oxfordshire continues to generate headlines.  The SCL has produced a statement that would appear criticial to such gung-ho cutters as Oxon, Glos and Bucks.  The MLA continues its sad course towards oblivion. The LGA fails to admit the mistake of one of its staff who was quoted as saying libraries are non-statutory.

Angus – Edzell Library campaign – Alan Gibbons
CILIP – president sees the cuts as “double whammy times two” (page 1-2) – CILIP Gazette
Gloucestershire – (Conservative) Gloucester MP says protesters “miss the point entirely” – Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries
Gloucestershire – radio report on library campaigners – BBC Radio Gloucestershire (1hr 51 mins)
Gloucestershire – Points West covers the cuts – BBC TV
Gloucestershire – countywide petition – Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries
Hertfordshire – why must my children suffer? – Royston Weekly News
Hertforsdhire – petition to save Borehamwood – Borehamwood Times
LGA – fails to admit “non-statutory” mistake (see comments) – BookSeller
MLA – All MLA staff at risk of redundancy, grants now have to be “prudent” – BookSeller
Northumberland – consultants provide “new vision” – Journal Live
Oxfordshire – volunteer libraries “unworkable” – Oxford Mail
Oxfordshire- libraries are worth saving – Oxford Mail
Rochdale – library management posts to go – Rochdale Town Centre News
SCL – closures should be after “comprehensive public consultation” – SCL
Voices for the Library Youtube Channel
Wandsworth – don’t cut library that helped me get  my job – London Evening Standard.
USA – Connecticut Cuts – Webjunction

Libraries debated in Parliament, MLA in favour of closures

240 libraries plus 17 mobiles currently under threat or recently closed 

For the first time in a while, I can find no new cuts in library provision today.  News of note is that an MP spoke in the House of Commons about the Public Libraries and Museums Act and that the MLA has announced it welcomes significant library closures.

Wirral MP argues in Parliament  for amendment ot the Public Libraries and Museum Act – the Ayes have it – four Labour MPs (inc David Milliband) to propose Bill  – Alison McGovern MP
MLA comes out strongly in favour of closing libraries – BookSeller
Chief Exec of RSA pro giving libraries to volunteers – Walk You Home
List of predictable anti-library comments – Walk You Home
Gloucestershire – 4 Labour Councillors sign up against the cuts – Friends of Gloucestershire
Wandsworth – campaign to save York Gardens – Battersea Society
Lewisham – hundreds against the cuts – Guardian
Barnsley – storm of protest against cut at Darfield – South Yorkshire Times
Nottinghamshire – your chance to comment on the cuts – Nottinghamshire Council
Oxfordshire – library possibly run by volunteers, opposition “hopeless” – Banbury Cake
Libraries and Waterstones to work together -Bookseller
UK public libraries cost 0.084% of GDP – Use Libraries and Learn Stuff
Opponents of libraries focus too much on short-term economics – Library Workers for a Brighter Future
A great place to start your business – the library – EnterpriseQuest

Spending Cuts Gut Library Budgets in UK – Library Journal
2011 Crucial Library Trends – American Libraries
What Librarians Make – School Library Journal
Tired of books? Try model aeroplanes – Star Telegram