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...
Fri, 11/01/2013 - 07:30
Library campaigners are forecasting a grim 2013, predicting that 300 libraries could close or be lost from local authority control in the next 12 months.
2012 saw 200 libraries shut according to figures from CIPFA, but many fear 2013 could be worse.
Phil Bradley, president of the Chartered Institute for...
Wed, 07/11/2012 - 12:31
The setting up of a Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Inquiry into library closures was welcomed as an opportunity for the forensic scrutiny of issues facing public libraries.
I suggest that the committee's somewhat anodyne...
Tue, 06/11/2012 - 10:00
The Culture, Media and Sport select committee report into library closures has recommended that all those involved in providing the service - including local authorities, Arts Council England and the culture secretary - "need to work harder" to demonstrate that the service is still valued. It has also warned that turning libraries...
Fri, 19/10/2012 - 14:13
Publishers are concerned about the potential impact that universal e-book lending could have on their business models and on author’s earnings, as well as the risks of piracy. Meanwhile booksellers are particularly alarmed by the idea that any e-book could be borrowed free just by pressing a button.
Both are right to be...
Fri, 29/06/2012 - 15:07
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has announced £6m of funding for libraries to use on arts and cultural activities, which he said would “help raise the ambition and expectation of libraries.”
In his speech yesterday (28th June) to The Future of Library Services Conference, Vaizey said the new pot of money, from the...
Tue, 14/02/2012 - 08:00
Arts Council England and the Local Government Association have announced the 13 projects they intend to support through the Libraries Development Initiative. But library campaigner Desmond Clarke has criticised the choice of projects as "bizarre" in the light of the problems currently facing the public library service.