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.

Don’t Privatise Libraries : 30th April
Sold to the highest bidder; a trip to the Public Sector Show! 
a simply brilliant piece of writing

Ashley appointed ACE library director 

THE GUARDIAN : 29th April
Teething troubles on day one of universal credit pilot scheme
many comments feature *libraries*

Don’t Privatise Libraries : 29th April
An update on the proposals to privatise the Library of Birmingham 
If this can be taken at face value then it’s good news but why was the procurement process started in the first place? If it was due to doubts about being able to manage the operational costs then what has changed?

THE GUARDIAN : 29th April
£188m Birmingham library project ready for finishing touch – 2.3m books

Ubergizmo : 30th April
Rural Libraries In China Abused And Turned Into Internet Cafes


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