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.

This Is Local London : 19th May
Shared services are key to saving borough millions, insists Ealing Contracts for managing up to 25 libraries are available for five-years including an optional five-year extension, reportedly worth  £90,000-£100,000 for 10 years.  Sports and Leisure Management Ltd (SLM) and John Laing plc are  reported to be front runners to secure deals for leisure and library  services respectively.
http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/10429191.Shared_services_are_key_to_saving_borough_millions__insists_Ealing/

Darlington & Stockton Times : 19th May
Row over future of Stockton borough libraries
“Moving the library and all of its staff to a building on the periphery would be an absolute nonsense.”
http://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/10428534.Row_over_future_of_Stockton_borough_libraries/

You Tube : 18th May
Herefordshire | Video: Save Our Libraries & Museums High Town Rally
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UkjomdjfsGY

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Libraries News Round-up: 31st July 2013

DAILY TELEGRAPH : 31st July Council defends decision to stock extremist books at Woolwich library http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/10214547/Council-defends-decision-to-stock-extremist-books-Woolwich-library.html Booktrade Info : 31st July Irate UK librarians call for no confidence vote on…

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