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.

Jesmond Local : 5th March
Newcastle | Council paying £155,000 a year to private developer for Central Library — until 2034 

Public Libraries News : 4th March
Going Dutch: Private company takes over 4 Dutch libraries for half the cost


Morning Post – Exchange Magazine : 5th March
Author provides the world’s librarians insight on how to develop a “brain gain”
Mexico City, Mexico – Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) co-founder Louis Zacharilla is in Mexico City to help draft a future Trend Report to serve as a guidebook for the world’s libraries and the services they need to provide the public. There are an estimated 315,000 public libraries in the world and Zacharilla joins an elite group of global experts to provide the libraries with a vision of the next five years. 

Witney Gazette : 5th March
Letter Libraries on slippery slope

Mancunian Matters : 5th March
‘Distressed’ campaigners vow to fight proposed closure of Northenden Library in £80million council cuts
“I would like the council to explain how it has taken the ‘opportunity’ to ‘greatly enhance’ the library service in Northenden by proposing to close the library down.”

Burton Mail : 5th March
Getting things right with libraries
East Staffordshire’s libraries are providing valuable and quality services according to a recent countywide survey.  The national Public Library Survey questioned more than 4,870 customers from across the county and 94 per cent rated their local library’s service as either good or very good.  More than 28 libraries were involved in the survey which also revealed levels of customer service satisfaction at a healthy 97 per cent.

THE GUARDIAN : 5th March
Is the BBC ditching books coverage?

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