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 : 6th May
Library Campaign’s call to action on volunteer libraries:  “Let’s get real”
http://www.publiclibrariesnews.com/2013/05/library-campaigns-call-to-action-on-volunteer-libraries-lets-get-real.html

Don’t Privatise Libraries : 7th May
JLIS preferred bidder for Harrow and Ealing Libraries contract
http://dontprivatiselibraries.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/jlis-preferred-bidder-for-harrow-and.html
and  http://www.harrow.gov.uk/www2/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=75999&AIID=82214

THE BOOKSELLER : 7th May
National Literacy Trust evaluates Reading Stars scheme 
Overall, 472 primary schools, 232 secondary schools, 31 libraries, 15  football clubs and one pupil referral unit took part. Thirty-two per  cent of the children were from low-income families.
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/nlt-evaluates-reading-stars-scheme.html

THE BOOKSELLER : 7th May
ACE report shows economic value of arts
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/ace-report-shows-economic-value-arts.html …

Cotswold Journal : 7th May
Broadway | Public consultation on library has begun
http://www.cotswoldjournal.co.uk/news/10395491.Public_consultation_on_library_has_begun/
and  Questionnaire:
http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/cms/library-services/local-library-details/broadway/broadway-library-consultation.aspx

Isle of Man Today : 7th May
Mobile service helping those who can’t get to local library            
The service was threatened with closure last year, because of funding cuts, but rescued when PokerStars agreed to fund it for three years.  Sandra said: ‘They talk about money [the cost of running the service],  but you cannot quantify the value in money terms.’  Annual subscription is £15 for adults and £2 for children.
http://www.iomtoday.co.im/community/mobile-service-helping-those-who-can-t-get-to-local-library-1-5645013

Maidenhead Advertiser : 6th May
Plans for new library and sensory room to be discussed
http://www.maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk/News/Areas/Maidenhead/Plans-for-new-library-and-sensory-room-to-be-discussed-01052013.htm

Irish Independent : 6th May
Libraries forced to close for days amid staff shortage crisis
http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/libraries-forced-to-close-for-days-amid-staff-shortage-crisis-29244153.html

This Is Nottingham : 4th May
‘Fantastic’ librarian Laura in running for top award
She said: “Many of our students have poor literacy skills, which mean they have problems accessing some of the curriculum.”
http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/Fantastic-librarian-Laura-running-award/story-18889687-detail/story.html

THE BOOKSELLER : 7th May
Libraries to debate open access
The implications of Open Access for libraries will be debated in  Westminster at an event hosted by the Libraries All-Party Parliamentary  Group.  The date of the debate has yet to be confirmed, but it will include MPs and representatives from the library, publishing, university and  academic fields.
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/libraries-debate-open-access.html

Paid Content : 3rd May
Sourcebooks, Overdrive launch pilot to demonstrate the impact of ebook library lending on sales
http://paidcontent.org/2013/05/03/sourcebooks-overdrive-launch-pilot-to-demonstrate-the-impact-of-ebook-library-lending-on-sales/

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