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 

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

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

Chronicle Live : 11th February
Famous faces join the fight to save Newcastle’s libraries

The Journal : 11th February
Northumberland libraries bucking the national trend of decline 
good news

Daily Post : 11th February
Wrexham council library review could see three shut

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.”

About My Area : 10th February
Warwickshire County Council Announces Free Computer Use At Its Libraries



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