Changes by local authority

National news

Rest In Peace Guy Daines
  • Beta version of Single Digital Presence will be available by early 2023, British Library says – BookSeller. “The beta version of the Single Digital Presence, a long-planned national website for all public libraries, will be available for users and the sector by early 2023, the British Library has said. However, some trade commentators remain concerned about the time the project is taking to get off the ground, and warn “patience is wearing thin” … “Anyone will be able to browse the site, find out how to access information and reading material from their local library as well as events, news, free-to-access content and reading recommendations from libraries nationally, including the British Library.” … “If it feels like the SDP is taking a long time, that’s because it is tackling the real underlying challenge of digital transformation across the whole public library sector.”
  • Greener libraries – BookSeller.”it’s clear why libraries have a place at the table—a role that stretches far beyond the odd recycled coffee cup or tote bag. Because fundamentally, libraries are here to provide equal access to information. In the heart of our communities we offer books, resources and skills. We are a fundamental part of the social infrastructure that can help people understand and respond to the impact we are having on our planet. This is why the work of the Green Libraries Partnership is so important.”
The revolving door of DCMS secretaries of state turns once more

“NAG needs you!

Our NAG Exec committee needs more public library people to provide a balanced and representative group.  As a “thank you” we can provide free NAG Membership for your local authority.  More info:

The National Acquisitions Group would also like recommendations and suggestions for a workshop for public libraries for NAG Webinar Week 7 to 11 November
  • Library Focus 2022: librarians’ choices – BookSeller. “There’s something for everyone in these picks from five UK-based librarians, who share a quintet of titles they are looking forward to in the coming months.”
  • Three South East cities named best for book readers – Business Magazine. “Researchers tallied the number of bookshops and libraries in UK towns and cities using OpenStreetMap’s API overpass.”
  • Truss urged to invest in libraries and abolish tax on audiobooks – Guardian. ““top of the list is scrapping audiobook VAT”, which he described as the “last remaining tax on reading” … “Nick Poole, CEO of CILIP, the UK’s library and information association, said Truss needed to “invest in a UK-wide programme of building new libraries and redeveloping existing library branches to meet the current and future needs of communities everywhere”.”

International news

  • Global – Wonna take over Library Planet? Christian Lauersen. “Library Planet is to good an idea to just slowly wither away so we are looking for a few good people to take on the job and make Library Planet spin again. “
  • USA – Conservatives join liberals in ‘quiet and polite’ Idaho protest to protect their library from book-banners – CNN. Mass read-in to protest that “trustees are facing a recall, because the library’s director just resigned under the pressure, and because a vocal group of activists is demanding the banning of more than 400 books from the library’s shelves. Many of the targeted books are about gender or sexuality. And currently, the library does not stock any of them.”. Area has number of recent far-right incomers.
    • ‘Book It Around Boston’ Had Residents Running To The Library On Saturday – WBZ News Radio. “More than a hundred people grabbed their running shoes and headed for the library on Saturday morning. The event, Book It Around Boston, kicked off with participants at libraries at the four corners of the city with their new Boston Public Library passports in hand. About 150 people ran, walked, and biked to different library branches around the city to get their BPL passports stamped. “
    • Huntsville residents push back after city removes ‘Read With Pride’ display from public library – Houston Public Media. “The removal of a “Read With Pride” display at the Huntsville Public Library, which included a collection of books about LGBTQ+ themes, has prompted outrage from some community members who say they welcome inclusivity and fear discrimination in the small college town an hour north of Houston.
    • Interview with Jennie Rose Halperin of Library Futures – Knowledge Rights 21. “Library Futures is the think tank for the future of libraries. We have done an enormous amount of work to highlight and engage with emerging issues within libraries and technology, and in particular on how libraries can and should work in a digital environment.”
    • Show and Tell – American Libraries. Key things to bear in mind with library signage.

Local news by authority

“Since then, Lancashire County Council’s 64 libraries have been identified as places that will provide universal access and have sufficient space to offer a warm and welcome space for residents.

All of the libraries have disabled access and contain highly skilled staff who are well accustomed to assisting customers to access further information and support.”

  • Norfolk – Libraries preparing for winter surge of people using them to keep warm – Eastern Daily Press. “Bosses at Norfolk County Council had already announced thousands of packages containing hot water bottles and scarves will be distributed via Norfolk libraries to keep vulnerable people warm amid the cost of living crisis. Council leaders have said they will soon reveal further details of what further measures it intends to take to help people struggling amid rising energy bills.”
  • Sheffield – In Praise Of Libraries – Lizz Tuckerman. “An intimate and nostalgic collection of digital collage, sound and photography based on the recorded reading experiences of Sheffielders who grew up during the 1930s 40s and 50s”. From 2017.
  • Somerset – Home Library service offering interesting reads – Wellington Today. “Somerset’s Home Library Service (HLS) is run by Somerset County Council with the support of amazing volunteers. It enables people like Claire Harbour from Frome, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, to continue enjoying books for free even though she can no longer visit her local library in person”
  • Suffolk – Get Ready for School bags available from Suffolk Libraries – Suffolk Libraries. “The bags contain handy information booklets that cover all the skills that children need to be ready to start school such as developing speech, using the toilet and wearing school uniform. Get Ready for School bags also include three reassuring stories about starting school that children can read with their families. “
  • Warwickshire – Visit Stratford Library as it transforms into a community-led Fun Palace on 1 October – Warwickshire Council. “Stratford-upon-Avon Library and Information Centre will be transforming into an exciting and creative Fun Palace on Saturday 1 October 2022” … “seeking community volunteers ready to help to run craft stands on the day “