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
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Event – 16th April | The Future of Local libraries and Cultural Services
Civil Society : 28th January
Arts Council executive’s paid sabbatical ensures eligibility for redundancy payout
Third Sector : 28th January
Locality report criticised for encouraging ‘rush’ into community management of libraries
The president of a support group for librarians has criticised a report published last week by the local infrastructure body Locality …
Express & Star : 28th January
20pc of library jobs lost in cost cutting restructure in Wolverhampton
The moves will meanwhile include the closures of Spring Vale, Warstones, Ashmore Park and Collingwood libraries and the relocation of services.
Save Croydon Libraries : 28th January
Croydon still paying for library they tried desperately to ditch!
It has been announced by Lambeth Council that they will take over responsibility for the 112-year-old Upper Norwood Library in a deal with Croydon Council which they claim will safeguard its future. The library had been threatened with closure.
Gazette Series : 27th January
Berkeley’s community volunteer library Berkeley Books hopes for charitable support
Gloucestershire CC : 28th January
Official launch of county’s new mobile library service
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FOGL : 13th Dec 2012
Gloucestershire CC tell mobile library user to travel 40miles to use a static library
Library Journal : 28th January
Pole Dancing @ Your Library
No, you might say, it doesn’t necessarily have to do with strippers. If not, then why is the class not available for those under 17? Exactly. For all I know the economy is terrible there, so I guess it’s good for young women to learn some job skills. This class could be the start of a whole new life for them. This would probably fit in with my old idea of Library Spa 2.0. It’s the culmination of the drive to make libraries everything to everyone, which is great except for the people who need libraries. Massages, manicures, pole-dancing classes, the list is endless.
Evesham Observer : 25th January
Pershore | New library plans revealed