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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Libraries News Round-up: 21 March

Lancashire Telegraph : 20 MarchBlackburn Central Library hours reduced due to cutshttp://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/15164037.Library_hours_reduced_due_to_cuts/Clacton Gazette : 21 MarchEssex | Historic Southminster Library has to reopen, urge concerned residentshttp://www.clactonandfrintongazette.co.uk/news/north_essex_news/15169140.Historic_library_has_to_reopen__urge_concerned_residents/ITV News : 21 MarchIsle…

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