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 Policy Exchange
Event | The Future of Local Libraries and Cultural Services
Tuesday April 16th 2013.  10.15 a.m. to 4:30 pm – Central London  (pse read details in the link)

Public Libraries News : 12th March
Southend, Cambridgeshire, Accra and Schrodinger’s Cat

THE GUARDIAN : 12th March
Stamping out poverty as well as books? How libraries can support development
Stuart Hamilton is director of policy and advocacy, at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. He tweets as@IFLADPA

What’s In Kenilworth.com
WCC Libraries Business Case Application Form – A Dragons’ Den Pitch?
Millions of pounds have been made available, and several quangos created, to weaken the public sector by establishing ‘community libraries’.  Apart from the substitution of paid staff,  there are serious concerns about sustainability, equal access and the creation of a postcode lottery, two-tier service.

Five libraries to go in Southend

The Echo : 12th March
Southend Five libraries face closure under plans announced today

Cambridge News : 12th March
Anti-social behaviour on the rise amid Cambridgeshire library cuts, union claims

Don’t Privatise Libraries : 2012
A library glossary!
A witty and thought-provoking list.  For example:
21st Century Library – a shiny glass cube costing millions containing a cafe, a few beach reads and self-service machines located in a town centre.


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Libraries News Round-up: 12th March 2014

DAILY TELEGRAPH : 12th March Malorie Blackman: Why are libraries mandatory in prisons but not schools? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/10691061/Malorie-Blackman-Why-are-libraries-mandatory-in-prisons-but-not-schools.html Skegness Standard : 11th March Wainfleet Library and museum cut fears However, from May…

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