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