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.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-21850512

They Work For You : 18th March
Culture Media and Sport | E Vaizey MP Written Answer to Dan Jarvis Q Library Standards
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2013-03-18a.148568.h&s=%22public+library%22+OR+%22public+libraries%22+OR+%22library+service%22

ITV News : 19th March
Research finds country’s libraries are being neglected
http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/update/2013-03-19/research-finds-countrys-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/news/10/73/Are-our-public-libraries-being-forgotten-Use-them-or-lose-them-says-new-online-library-service
and
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.”
http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/gwentnews/10299389.Meeting_to_save_Stow_Hill_library____too_late________says_councillor/

Croydon Guardian : 19th March
Croydon Labour group pledges to tear up libraries contract if they win 2014 local elections
http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk/news/10298693.Labour_group_pledges_to_tear_up_libraries_contract/

This Is Croydon : 19th March
Labour Party motion on Croydon’s libraries is defeated
The Labour motion was lost by 35 votes to 30.
http://www.thisiscroydontoday.co.uk/Labour-Party-motion-Croydon-s-libraries-defeated/story-18461421-detail/story.html#axzz2O05cEak5

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”.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-21828852

Don’t Privatise Libraries : 19th March
Bankrupt San Bernardino looks to privatise libraries? 
http://dontprivatiselibraries.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/bankrupt-san-bernardino-looks-to.html 

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Library News Round-up: 28 February 2015

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