All links thanks to Shirley Burnham. Follow her on twitter at  @shirleyburnham : 9th January
Rosemary Clarke MBE, 1954-2013
We know that her loss will be felt keenly not only amongst her family and friends, but also amongst the thousands of people up and down the country – librarians, teachers, parents, children and so many others – with whom she shared the Bookstart vision of parents as a child’s first educator.

THE GUARDIAN : 9th January
What does a library look like in 2013? – live chat from noon on Fri 11 January

To talk about what the next 12 months hold for libraries, and how the way they serve and work with their communities might change

Just a reminder that this live chat will be taking place right here, in the comments section of the article. Anyone is welcome to join in, be it watching the whole thing unfold or actively posting comments and questions themselves.  If you can’t make the live element of the chat between 12pm and 2pm do feel free to post a question or comment now for the panel to pick up when they log-in on Friday. Comments will remain on-site as well, so you can check back in to see what was said.
If you would like to join the panel, email Matthew Caines

THE BOOKSELLER : 9th January
Move to hand York libraries to social enterprise 

York Press : 9th January
City of York Council to explore library changes

THE GUARDIAN : 9th January
Northern writers join protests against library cuts in Newcastle

THE BOOKSELLER  : 8th January
Blog Anne Cleeves Cruddas Park Library …

THE GUARDIAN : 8th January
Debating whether outsourcing is good or bad is beside the point
Barnet, Cornwall and Dorset cited

BBC News : 8th January
Unison opposes plans to transfer York libraries to trust
“Libraries are a statutory service and have to be comprehensive and efficient and outsourcing means the council has no control,” she said.  She added: “Staff are very upset and angry and haven’t been consulted about it.

Postcode Gazette : 9th January
Sheffield | “No decision has been made” on future of libraries say councillors

This Is Gloucestershire : 9th January
Michinhampton | Author gives big thumbs up to community library

Times Series : 8th January
Barnet Council announcement leaves Friern Barnet Library squatters on the shelf
Barnet Council has invited a third party to take over Friern Barnet Library, ending any chance of direct negotiations with the current occupiers.  ……….. The news will come as a blow to members of the Friern Barnet Community Library who last week put forward five representatives to begin negotiations with the council.

Broken Barnet Blogspot : 8th January
A betrayal of trust: Barnet Tories, Robert Rams, and the library that will not die

Windsor Observer : 9th January
Dedworth library set to open by the end of the month
The library is anticipated to be open on Mondays from 2-7pm, Tuesdays 2-5pm, Thursdays 10am-1pm and 2-5pm, Fridays 2-5pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm.  However, the Royal Borough is currently reviewing the results of a consultation on how the 21 weekly opening hours should be spread with a final decision due in the week before the library opens.

Cambridge News : 9th January
Great night of music to raise library cash
Supporters of a cash-hit Cambridge library are planning to boost its funds – by staging a rock concert.  Arbury Court library has suffered staff cuts and a reduction in opening hours as part of changes in the library service run by Cambridgeshire County Council.

Newcastle Full Report: Protests over proposals to close libraries
with video




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