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 : 5th March
Enterprising community libraries?
Senior figures such as the libraries minister Ed Vaizey, Direct of Libraries for Arts Council England Nicky Morgan and Miranda McKearney of the Reading Agency were in the room.
recommend you read Mick Fortune’s comment at foot of post

SKY TV : 6th March
Sunderland Council To Set Spending Cuts Of £37m Targeting Museums And Libraries

SKY TV : 6th March
Newcastle City Council Budget D-Day On £100M Cuts

Local Guardian : 6th March
Croydon libraries left in limbo after John Laing takeover ‘shambles’

This Is Nottingham : 5th March
City’s mobile library service is almost at the end of the road

This Is Lincolnshire : 6th March
Volunteers offer extended hours

South Wales Argus : 6th March
Two Newport libraries may be unstaffed
and info on the other libraries affected by cuts

This Is Nottingham : 6th March
A new chapter opens in life of West Bridgford library

A total of 20,000 new books have been ordered for the new building, which features 32 public computers, a children’s area, as well as a youth club and community rooms available for hire.


2011 – Summary of the review of statutory duties placed on local government
“…. it is not the intention of the Government to remove the duties which protect such services.”
But it’s the “intention of the Government” to ignore and misrepresent them?

Harrow Times : 6th March
Cllr Susan Hall calls for more to be done about library computers as Gayton Library loses 17 in one year
The lack of working computers in libraries “affects the poorest members of society” a senior councillor has claimed after it emerged one library has lost 17 of its 18 machines in the past year.  Harrow Borough Council’s Conservative group leader Susan Hall said there needs to be more investment so that jobseekers who are too poor to afford a computer can access the internet.


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Libraries News Round-up: 12 July 2016

THE GUARDIAN : 12th July Swindon set to close 11 of its 15 libraries https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/12/swindon-set-to-close-11-of-its-15-libraries THE BOOKSELLER : 12th July Swindon Council urged to rethink 'severe' library closures http://www.thebookseller.com/news/cilip-slams-swindon-councils-plans-close-11-libraries-352071 Coventry…

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