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.

Public Libraries News : 10th March
It figures? A look at the real spending on English public libraries 2007/12 

Messenger Newspapers : 11th March
Controversial changes agreed by council executive
Labour councillor, Tom Ross, questioned how Cllr Blackburn could claim to have listened to the public, as 73 per cent of those asked were opposed to the changes. The proposal was passed by the executive, along with changes to library services, which will see full time staff gradually phased out and more volunteers brought in.

The Enquirer : 11th March
Southend | Council to discuss state-of-the-art library
These plans aim to meet the changing needs of library users, to involve the community more directly in operating local branch libraries, and help meet a £378,000 budget cut over the next three years.  Proposals are: (detailed)

UNISON Cambridgeshire : 8th March
Cambridgeshire Libraries used as ‘guinea pigs’ by County Council

Sheffield Telegraph : 11th March
6,500 sign petition in bid to halt library closures 

South Wales Argus : 11th March
Newport | Alan Roderick joins the fight to save Stow Hill Library from closure
“Our library has been singled out to be the fall guy,” he said.  “Libraries are food for the soul and drink for the mind. It amounts to cultural vandalism. We’ve lost our bakery, the butchers, the post office is gone. All we have left is takeaways and charity shops.”  The council said it is offering a service where residents can order books and have them sent to their home.

Loughborough Echo : 11th March
Consultations on libraries and museums’ futures 
Communities in Partnership is holding a private consultation session with a number of invited groups in Loughborough, to help form a response to the ongoing review of the Libraries and Museums Service by Leicestershire County Council.

This Is Bath : 11th March
Libraries re-open after Easter with new fees


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