A digest of today’s news items, reproduced here, with kind permission from Shirley Burnham who collated it.  For up to date libraries news follow @ShirleyBurnham on Twitter.

BBC News : 19th March
Bristol’s new Junction 3 library opens
A new £3m library, which includes a learning centre, a computer suite and a children’s library, has opened in Bristol.

They Work For You : 18th March
Culture Media and Sport | E Vaizey MP Written Answer to Dan Jarvis Q Library Standards

ITV News : 19th March
Research finds country’s libraries are being neglected

Bookmark Your Library : 19th March
Are our public libraries being forgotten? “Use them or lose them” says new online library service
http://www.bookmarkyourlibrary.org.uk/  see their Home Page

South Wales Argus : 19th March
Meeting to save Stow Hill library ‘too late’ – says councillor
Cllr Fouweather said: “It’s a misleading statement from a desperate cabinet member who finds herself in difficulty. If she carries on the way she does she won’t have a portfolio to manage.”

Croydon Guardian : 19th March
Croydon Labour group pledges to tear up libraries contract if they win 2014 local elections

This Is Croydon : 19th March
Labour Party motion on Croydon’s libraries is defeated
The Labour motion was lost by 35 votes to 30.

BBC News : 19th March
Barnet services outsourcing challenged in court
He said the Capita contract “will save the taxpayer £1m a month and, given the state of public finances, Barnet Council is keen that we start to make these savings as quickly as possible”.

Don’t Privatise Libraries : 19th March
Bankrupt San Bernardino looks to privatise libraries? 


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