CILIP have snagged Bobby Seagull (formerly of University Challenge) to front their National Libraries Week campaign and he has devised a manifesto of stuff that he thinks are necessary for libraries of different types to succeed and /or survive. You can find the manifesto on the Libraries Deliver website mentioned in more detail below.

The manifesto has been presented to Parliament (October 15), with a call for “long-term sustainable funding for libraries” –  alongside an important new report titled Public Libraries: The Case for Support. It does what it says on the tin, pulling together the evidence on public libraries’ vital role in:

• Place-shaping and inclusive economic growth
• Education, informal learning and skills
• Health, wellbeing and social care
• Digital skills and getting online
• Enterprise and business support
• Poverty prevention, social mobility and social isolation.

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Library News Round-up: 24 August 2015

THE BOOKSELLER : 24th AugustSouthampton library closures 'halted' http://www.thebookseller.com/news/southampton-library-closures-halted-309782Daily Echo : 24th AugustLabour leaders plans to stop running six libraries in Southampton have been halted due to opposition from Tory…

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