I don’t like mentioning my library service, Cheshire West and Chester, because Public Libraries News and my work on it has no connections with it whatsoever but I’ll make the exception this week and point out that there is a Lead Librarian vacancy there at the moment. This is basically a joint deputy chief librarian position for the borough’s public libraries. Cheshire West is in a lovely part of the world with great transport connections and the internationally known Storyhouse. So if you fancy a move, do please have a look. That plug done, I’d also like to point out I’m doing a survey of which library services are offering free reservations. Please let me know of any if you can, thank you.

Otherwise, it’s been a quiet (no shush jokes, please) week in public libraries news, with services returning to normal and doing the Summer Reading Challenge.

Changes by local authority


National news

  • Are UK public libraries heading in a new direction? – OUP Blog. “In this blog post, Karen Walker, Team Leader at Orkney Library and Archive, Katie Warriner, Information Services Librarian at Calderdale Libraries, and Trisha Ward, Director of Library Services, Libraries NI, discuss changes they have noted during the pandemic and shed light on what purpose, they believe, UK public libraries will serve for the community in “the new normal.”: services keeping click and collect, increase in eAudio usage and social media. No change in core purpose. Increase in loneliness.
  • British Library seeks designer for £100,000 branding project – Design Week. For the national Single Digital Presence for public libraries. “The naming and branding of the platform is part of the next phase, which will also see a public-facing version of the platform built and beta tested.” Pitches for business will be made in September and October.
  • Don’t let spending cuts ruin libraries – Yorkshire Post Letters – Yorkshire Post. “Opening a “public facing centre” of the British Library in Leeds is pure gesture politics. It cannot duplicate the vast reference collection held at St Pancras. It won’t lend out books. Yorkshire once had some excellent public library services. Like others, they’ve been catastrophically run down in the last 11 years due to the Conservative Government’s spending cuts. Professional staff were slashed and book stocks run down. A former pride of Britain is now a shambles”
  • Knowledge and power: real and fictional libraries leading resistance – Book Riot. Some real and fictional examples in the UK and USA. including the memorable book display behind Boris Johnson last year.
  • Service operational guidance – July 2021 – Libraries Connected. “he note has been prepared by Libraries Connected in consultation with Public Health England in line with published government guidance. Updated 15.07.21”
  • Sustaining Professional Confidence – Webinar Recording Available – British Library. Register to watch recording of free webinar.

International news

Local news by authority