Surrey – 3000 sign petition to stop move of library – BBC

209 libraries currently under threat

Libraries currently under threat = 209 plus 7 mobile libraries
Following a suggestion by Tim Coates, the figure includes all libraries that are current under threat. Complete list is under news, with links.  I have taken the worst case scenario when numbers are known but not included a figure if it is just known that a number are under threat but no number is given.

Today’s News
West Midlands – 14 council library services likely to merge in order to cut costs, commenters fear Greater Birmingham – Express & Star
Isle of Wight – more on the dramatic cuts – Isle of Wight Radio
Wirral – “no libraries will close on our watch” – Wirral Globe
Leeds – FOI request shows reason for library closure on shaky ground – Voices for the Library
Hillingdon – record visitor numbers after investment, guarantees of no cuts – Hillingdon and Uxbridge Times

171 libraries under threat.

Libraries under threat count = 171 plus three mobile library services. 

Figure concentrates on libraries whose closures or transfer to volunteers have been announced since 20th October.  40 are, for instance, under threat in Birmingham but this is not included on the list as it was announced earlier in the year. I have also not included libraries where the figure is not clear – however, I am taking the worst case scenario in those cases where numbers have been announced so this will probably balance things out. Another exclusion are those with reductions in staff, opening hours, bookfund etc – there are a lot of these and it runs the risk of losing the impact of the running total.

All figures are taken from articles on the blog – google within the blog for the relevant articles. 

This is as comprehensive list as one man on one PC, with poor mathematical skills and with a very depressing (since 20.10.10) hobby can achieve.  Please feel free to contact me with amendments.

Uklibrarywatch have a comprehensive list of the fate facing UK libraries.

Cuts

Jersey – standards may drop – BBC
Isle of Wight – Up to 10 libraries to close, service only has 11 to begin with – Ventnorblog.com

In our defence

Arts Council to take over MLA role for libraries – BookSeller. DCMS articleLeeds – campaign in defence of York Road Library – ls9forever.blogspot.com
Libraries Quiz – Guardian
Gloucestershire – article in defence of libraries – cuts include withdrawing whole mobile library service, 7 libraries reduced to 3 hours per week, including this leads to 18 library closures – This is Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire – author joins fight – This is Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire – 1000 march – Socialist Party
Gloucestershire – campaign on the radio – Friends of Gloucestershire
North Yorkshire – in defence of the 24 libraries – Northern Echo
Campaign for the Book newsletter – alangibbons.net
Librarians “gagged” – Johanna Bo Anderson’s blog
Ebooks in libraries – Gone Digital

USA – when librarians dhttp://www.blogger.com/post-create.g?blogID=4018469601482369709on’t answer the question, users quit – Library Journal
The most beautiful libraries in the US, allegedly – Flavorwire

c.153 closures – Harrogate announces 3

3 more libraries in danger today – 153 libraries in danger of closing or being given to community groups since 20th October.

New Cuts
Hartlepool – 3 out of 7 libraries could go – Hartlepool Mail

In Our Defence
Buckinghamshire – “get act together” to save library – Bucks Free Press
Gloucester –  protests make front page – flickr. “Gobsmacked” library users – This is Gloucestershire
Leeds – challenges to plans to close 20 libraries – Yorkshire Evening Post
Authors defend libraries – Guardian
It’s the books, stupid, says MLA survey – Bookseller.  MLA report suggests that it could also be the coffee. Tim Coates shows schadenfreude at the news, librarians express disgust.
Why can’t librarians campaign for libraries – Undaimonia

Other
Does reading a book make us happier? – BBC

US – an interactive library wall – Billings Gazette
Books as a means of healing – American Libraries

Around 150 libraries to close or be given away since 20th October.

Cuts
North Yorkshire – 24 libraries to close or be given away, mobile libraries culled – The Press.  More in Scarborough Evening News and in the Gazette and Northern Echo
Hampshire – mobile library review, services to be reduced – Kestrel FM.
Oxfordshire – self-service in, 11 f-t jobs out – Oxford Times
Barking and Dagenham – 5 libraries to go – Barking and Dagenham Post
North Somerset – 1 library closed, 2 reprieved – Weston Mercury.
Brent – council had spent £600k on two of the libraries they will close – London Evening Standard
Somerset – consultation – Burnham-on-Sea
Lewisham – reprieve, latest news – Alan Gibbons
Nottingham – introduces PC charges – Nottingham council

In Our Defence
Gloucestershire – hundreds in protest march against library closures – BBC
Martina Cole defends libraries – London Evening Standard
Where are the bodies? –  on Tim Coates’ Three Bs – bricks, books and being open – Phil Bradley’s weblog
Joan Bakewell in defence of libraries “In our culture the library stands as tall and as significant as a parish church or the finest cathedral“- BBC.  Podcast of her “point of view” on Radio 4 here.
Librarians militant, librarianship triumphant – Virtual Dave

Fun
“My god, you’re a library martyr” – why you shouldn’t go to library school – Stephen’s Lighthouse

The 1964 Act means nothing. “I don’t see many Wirrals at present” says head of MLA – alangibbons.net

Kirklees – Fines amnesty on up to £500k of late books – Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Tim Coates “Good Library Manual” come out this week, “straightforward solutions” to current problems – Bookseller. Commnet underneath asks “has he ever run one?”
Brent – chance to comment on closure of half of libraries – Harrow Observer
Dumfies – Labour fails to stop proposed closure of 7 libraries – Dumfries & Galloway Standard
Wakefield – chance to take over one or several libraries – Yorkshire Post
Buckinghamshire – libraries “connot continue as we are” – other libraries to follow examples of 2 volunteer-run Bucks libraries – Buckinghamshire Libraries
Volunteers should run libraries to save them from closing or to help out, says former Lib Dem leader of Newcastle – Journal Live. 
Cheltenham – proposed new library may not be built – BBC
My Dream Library – children’s competition – Peter’s Bookselling Services
Ebooks and libraries – which business model? – Ken Chad Consulting

USA – the five most innovative libraries – Library Journal
Libraries give you the world, the internet is a vending machine – Democrat Herald

AUSTRALIA – Shh! Revolution in progress – ABC North Queensland

121 Libraries to close – UK closures announced or proposed since 20th October included on Public Libraries News, plus two mobile library services.  Number includes those where the authority has offered the branch to unidentified community groups/volunteers.

Barnsley – up to 8 libraries to close – BBC
Croydon – horror at plan to cut local studies library – Croydon Guardian
Cornwall – cuts already announced (up to 26) get murky – Lanson Boy.  1000 name petition handed in.
Tower Hamlets – library staff have to reapply for their jobs – East London Advertiser
Library closing? Government suggests a co-op – “Local libraries and swimming pools should be controlled by local people, and run in their interest, not just by the service managers.” says Francis Maude. Guardian
Tottenham – £1 million makeover – reveals hidden brook – Haringey Independent
Library issues are actually going up – wannabelibrarian

USA – conservative policy analyst says libraries are worth the tax dollars – City Limits
Dallas – library is privatised, to boos, aim to save $500k – Dallas News
LA – move to restore funding ” “libraries are probably our best crime prevention dollars” – Neon Tommy
Anythink libraries – “I don’t think Anythink is for everyone but I do think rethinking is for everyone” – Library Journal
AK47s and other violence in libraries – American Libraries

Wiltshire – “frontloading” of cuts shock means things even worse than they appeared – 26 posts already to go, 9 out of 13 managers made redundant – Aldbourne Net
Leeds – 300 name signature handed in as council plans closing 20 out of 52 branches – Yorkshire Evening Post
Newport – 7 out of 12 libraries to close in review – South Wales Argus
Gloucestershire volunteer libraries proposal – Echo report Campaigner points out protest group isn’t the same as a volunteer group and “it just won’t work”
Dumfries & Galloway will debate library closures – BBC
The three things that matter most for public libraries are the three Bs – Books, Buildings and Being open – Good Library Blog.

Darien Library – The Great Good Place – Vimeo – 50 minute video, slow to start, seriously impressive public library.
Libraries aren’t dead yet – ZDNet
Jay-Z talks at New York Public Library, librarian gets slated – Guardian
IMPAC Dublin Literary Award list announced, chosen by librarians – Montreal Gazette
Like it or not, the books is dead – Globe and Mail

Not a public library but could not resist – Naked freshman trashes university library

Lewisham – local radio interviews protesters against library cuts – Sydenham Radio
Libraryweb – the most comprehensive place for library culture on the web? – libraryweb.info
Ascot – extra hours funded by Durning Trust – Maidenhead Advertiser
Buckinghamshire – it’s plans for cuts explained  and your chance to comment – Buckinghamshire County Council. 
Birmingham – architect of new Central Library speaks – Birmingham Post
Libraries need to be saved, but changed, says The Reading Agency – LGC
Independent library gives same services for half the price –  London Evening Standard.  Even Alan Gibbons likes it.
ResPublica urges privatisation of libraries – Guardian.  The report itself is here

USA – the Library as Amusement Park – City Journal
Australia – State Library of Victoria too loud – Brisbane Times

Ascot – extra hours funded by Durning Trust – Maidenhead Advertiser
Buckinghamshire – it’s plans for cuts explained  and your chance to comment – Buckinghamshire County Council.
Birmingham – architect of new Central Library speaks – Birmingham Post
Libraries need to be saved, but changed, says The Reading Agency – LGC
Independent library gives same services for half the price –  London Evening Standard.  Even Alan Gibbons likes it.
ResPublica urges privatisation of libraries – Guardian.  The report itself is here

USA – the Library as Amusement Park – City Journal
Australia – State Library of Victoria too loud – Brisbane Times