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.

Don’t Privatise Libraries : 11th February
Statement from Ealing Unison on the privatisation proposals 
http://dontprivatiselibraries.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/statement-from-ealing-unison-on.html

Gov.uk : 11th February
New support for local libraries and businesses
The funding will focus on enabling libraries in 6 of our major cities to support local libraries in communities across the country to help increase their business and intellectual property capacity. Libraries in towns and cities will be able to partner with these 6 patent-holding city libraries, bringing the capacity of the British Library to the local high street and extend support to groups which would otherwise not benefit from access to such powerful business resources. Funding will be allocated to local library services through competition, which will foster innovation and new partnerships. Odd that Newcastle, Liverpool, Sheffield and Manchester named as “partners” – given that they are closing libraries
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-support-for-local-libraries-and-businesses

ACE  | The Arts Council’s Director, Libraries talks about the recent community libraries research
see recent anonymous comments and responses re. Librarians / Paid Library staff
http://blog.artscouncil.org.uk/blog/arts-council-england-blog/arts-councils-director-libraries-talks-about-recent-community

Chronicle Live : 11th February
Famous faces join the fight to save Newcastle’s libraries
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/communities/newcastle/2013/02/11/famous-faces-join-the-fight-to-save-newcastle-s-libraries-72703-32787191/

The Journal : 11th February
Northumberland libraries bucking the national trend of decline 
good news
http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2013/02/11/northumberland-libraries-bucking-the-national-trend-of-decline-61634-32784633/

Daily Post : 11th February
Wrexham council library review could see three shut
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2013/02/11/wrexham-council-library-review-could-see-three-shut-55578-32784604/

Cambridge News : 11th February
Lifeline library has lost its heart, say residents
“It was so friendly and accessible with lots of staff. The library has lost its heart.”
http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Cambridge/Lifeline-library-has-lost-its-heart-say-residents-11022013.htm

About My Area : 10th February
Warwickshire County Council Announces Free Computer Use At Its Libraries
http://www.aboutmyarea.co.uk/Warwickshire/Rugby/CV21/News/Local-News/241238-Warwickshire-County-Council-Announces-Free-Computer-Use-At-Its-Libraries

 

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Libraries News Round-up: 13 March

East Anglian Daily Times : 13 March Framlingham Town Council set for new chapter - at library in Old Court House http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/framlingham_town_council_set_for_new_chapter_at_library_in_old_court_house_1_4928001 Get Reading : 13 March Wokingham library to close for a week but…

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