THE GUARDIAN : 7th February
A local cheer for National Libraries Day
The branch library around the corner is a shining example of why the resource is so vital across the country

THE BOOKSELLER : 7th February
Liverpool library funding slashed in half
“Factored into how much must be cut is the required repayments for the Central Library refurbishment of around £1m a year for the next 30 years under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme that paid for it.”

BBC News : 6th February
Liverpool City Council cuts: Plan to axe 300 jobs
This could result in the closure of up to half the city’s 19 libraries.

The Star : 7th February
Plea for rethink for Sheffield library rejected
In a heated meeting – in which one councillor described proposals from her own cabinet as ‘terrible’ – the call for a fresh needs assessment from 14 campaign groups was rejected.  Protest groups from across the city came together for the first time after highlighting a number of ‘flaws’ in the Library Review.  Campaign groups and other protesters have pleaded for a rethink over the needs assessment criteria, used in determining which libraries would face the axe.  It used data based on which library a user is registered at, rather than their home address, and under 18s were not included in the assessment despite making up 31 per cent of library users.

Sheffield Telegraph : 7th February
Campaigners mark Libraries Day – and hope they survive

Tinder Foundation : 5th February
Developing Digital Skills in Public Libraries
Tinder Foundation apologies;  says they will re-establish the link soon.
We’re pleased to announce that Tinder Foundation has recently won a contract with the Society of Chief Librarians and the Arts Council to develop training to increase the digital confidence and competence of the public library workforce.

Kenilworth Weekly News : 7th February
Compromise is reached – Warwickshire County Council budget: Libraries to stay open

Herald Scotland : 7th February
Book town council attacked for cutting library opening times


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