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.
THE GUARDIAN : 20th February
Not everyone is on the internet, Iain Duncan Smith
It would help, of course, if the infrastructure was in place to provide support. For many, public libraries with free internet access have been that place. However, with more than 200 public libraries closing last year and skilled staff being replaced by untrained volunteers, even this freely available support has been gradually dismantled.

Library Campaign : 20th FebruaryMathWarehouse-pie(1)

Swindon’s Libraries postcode lottery

Tewkesbury AdMag : 20th February
Gloucestershire | Cotswold Lib Dems condemm cost of library challenge
Councillor Jeremy Hilton, Liberal Democrat group leader, said: “During a time of great austerity, the costs that have been incurred through this legal challenge was needless, wasteful and nothing short of reckless.  If the job of reviewing the county’s libraries had been done properly from the start and not on the back-of-a-fag-packet then this money could have been better spent on new books for our existing libraries.”

Place North West : 20th February
Manchester | Charity donates to Central Library revamp

The News : 20th February
Portsmouth | Library is still going strong after 50 years 
‘That’s a lot to do with our partnership working with children’s centres but also with schools.’

Shelf Free : 19th February
Did you know that 85% of e-books aren’t available to public libraries?

Library Journal : 20th February
Author Says UK Libraries Should Close Because He Says So
good article

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