Mon, 24/02/2014 - 16:40
Industry figures have voiced hopes for the latest government-commissioned review into the library service, but there has been strong scepticism from campaigners.
The report, commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport alongside the Department for Communities & Local Government, will look at core principles,...
Wed, 12/02/2014 - 09:40
Faber c.e.o Stephen Page has assured library campaigners that the latest review into public libraries will look to drive real changes.
The publisher is one of a number of members of a new review panel, led by William Sieghart, which will create a report looking at the core...
Mon, 10/02/2014 - 13:57
The Public Library Service faces another year long review, just at the moment when councils are threatening to close hundreds of community libraries if they are not taken over by local volunteers.
Ironically, this latest review has been commissioned by the same Minister, Ed Vaizey MP, who told The Bookseller (9...
Tue, 21/01/2014 - 09:00
A new Department of Culture, Media and Sport library report estimating that only 90 static libraries have closed in the UK since 2010 has been described as "bonkers" and "a farce" by library campaigners.
The figures show a marked discrepancy to the statistics released by the...
Tue, 26/11/2013 - 16:11
The level of cuts facing the public library service is likely to increase beyond April 2014.
This was the conclusion of a series of meetings between library campaigners, politicians and chief librarians.
While the need for more effective advocacy and positive messages about the value of libraries was highlighted, it was...
Wed, 28/08/2013 - 16:52
The austerity drive in local government should have been used to liberate thinking about more efficient and effective ways of delivering public library services.
The opportunity to share and merge services; to co-locate libraries with other council services; to make optimum use of technology; to reduce layers of management; and to...
Tue, 21/05/2013 - 14:27
There is a strong suspicion that the DCMS is turning a blind eye to the closure of libraries in some of the UK's most deprived communities.
Sue Charteris, in her often-quoted report on the Wirral Inquiry, made it very clear that special considerations must apply if closure of branches in deprived areas is contemplated. Ed...
Thu, 11/04/2013 - 15:12
The original list of Best of Young British Novelists, published in 1983, brought a remarkable generation of young writers, including Martin Amis, Kazuo Ishiguro and Rose Tremain to the attention of a large reading public.
The 20 novelists, all aged under 40, had their books displayed prominently in store and in the windows of some 2,...
Wed, 20/03/2013 - 08:45
A newly launched library website supported by Arts Council England and the Society of Chief Librarians has reported that 60% of people are not visiting their local libraries.
But the report has been criticised by library campaigner Desmond Clarke, who said it was "strange for the organisations behind this website to launch it...
Tue, 22/01/2013 - 11:17
The DCMS, Arts Council England and the Society of Chief Librarians need to take their heads out of the sand and confront the crisis facing the public library service.
The public library sector is desperately in need of leadership, effective advocacy and imaginative solutions. The only bright spot at the moment is the government's...