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 : 23rd May
Editorial |Adapt and survive: Arts Council England’s stark message under the gloss
… what the report means for any remaining idea of a national public library service is terrifying in its extremes.  Each library is a low-lying island is the underlying philosophy and you’d better build your sea barriers up now because the tide is rising and it’s your fault if you drown.

Melville House Books : 24th May
What’s the future for the UK’s local libraries?
I’d love to see a list with gusto; one that didn’t seem to contain a strong feeling of defeat within its objectives. Each point seems defensive, as though answering a number of criticisms: libraries don’t do enough for their communities, libraries haven’t embraced technology, libraries aren’t working hard enough, library staff aren’t right for the job. And yet … http://www.mhpbooks.com/whats-the-future-for-the-uks-local-libraries/

Lead Story | ACE Envisioning: “wake up call to government”
good comment from Laura Swaffield

WMF panel: libraries need national e-lending model

Save Croydon Libraries Campaign : 24th May
Shh! Laings win Croydon Libraries  

Hereford Times : 24th May
Protestors arrive in Hereford 
Councillors will later today vote on a new budget that could signal the end for many of the county’s libraries and museums. The Hereford Times will be carrying a live blog from the meeting – due to start this afternoon.

They Work For You : 21st May
eBook lending and Audio – Rewarding Authors

Croydon libraries ship

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Libraries News Round-up: 26th November 2013

THE BOOKSELLER : 26th November Desmond Clarke:  Library strategy http://www.thebookseller.com/blogs/library-strategy.html CILIP : 26th November CILIP Council election result  http://www.cilip.org.uk/cilip/news/four-new-members-cilip-council-elected … Nottingham Post : 26th November The smallest libraries in the county…

Libraries News Round-up: 7 January 2016

THE BOOKSELLER :  6th January Councils see libraries as 'easy targets' for cuts http://www.thebookseller.com/news/libraries-are-easy-targets-council-budget-cut-decisions-319856 Express & Star : 6th January Walsall Council cuts: Thousands oppose library closure plan http://www.expressandstar.com/news/politics/2016/01/06/walsall-council-cuts-thousands-oppose-library-closure-plan/ LibrariesShacked.org…

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