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 : 22nd January
“Community Libraries: Learning from Experience” – The most important libraries report
of the year examined and summarised, with initial reactions


THE BOOKSELLER : 23rd January
Controversy over ACE report on community libraries

Voices for the Library : 23rd January
The Arts Council report on community libraries

Third Sector : 23rd January
Community libraries could soon make up 13 per cent of total, says report

DCMS : 23rd January
Arts Council and LGA publish principles for community libraries
Ed Vaizey said “The library service is changing to fit in with the different ways in which we experience the written word and our changing expectations for public services.  So this report provides a very welcome analysis of the different ways in which local communities are playing an active role in their local library services.  This research helps show how practical experience and best practice can be shared to the advantage of all.”

BBC News : 23rd January
Liverpool Central Library’s £50m refurbishment

This Is Leicestershire : 23rd January
Council’s library service for elderly set to be axed

Daily Post : 23rd January
Anglesey libraries face “spiral of decline” warn Welsh Government body
Acute concern was expressed at a cut in posts which will “significantly exacerbate” existing low staffing levels.  They added: “The reduced level of expenditure on books and materials impacts directly on the Service’s ability to meet specific Welsh Public Library Standards, again the planned reduction will further exacerbate the situation.”

Heart 102.6 : 23rd January
Somerset Council Announce Budget Plans
Making libraries part of the community, keeping them open and investing in new books.

South Wales Argus : 23rd January
Petition launched to save Newport library closures
Petition supporter, father of one and Maindee library user Ben Loughton, 30, said cuts were hitting the “average citizen in the teeth”, and expressed concerns about any closure’s effect on children’s education.

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