Mon, 03/06/2013 - 09:47
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has decided not to intervene in library closures in Bolton and the Isle of Wight.
Library campaigners in the two areas had hoped that the Secretary of State would review both sets of closures and begin an inquiry, arguing that the closures meant the local authorities were failing to provide...
Wed, 27/03/2013 - 11:51
The Public Lending Right (PLR) is to be run by the British Library, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced.
The day-to-day running of the scheme is to stay with the existing PLR operation in Stockton-on-Tees, with staff becoming employees of the British Library from 1st October when the changeover takes place...
Thu, 24/01/2013 - 08:30
The National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) has criticised Arts Council England’s research into community libraries, calling the report "too polarised in favour of community managed models", and failing to...
Mon, 12/11/2012 - 08:17
Library supporters have debated the idea of launching a nationally orchestrated legal case against Ed Vaizey and the DCMS for his failure to intervene in local authorities' library closure plans.
The debate came at the Speak Up for Libraries conference organised by library campaigners on Saturday (10th...
Fri, 28/09/2012 - 10:00
The launch of a government review into e-book lending in public libraries has been met with a mixed response, with Publishers Association president Ursula Mackenzie "very positive‚" but Booksellers Association chief Tim Godfray angry at the lack of bookseller involvement.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (...
Thu, 27/09/2012 - 15:52
The Select Committee Report into library closures will not be released until the end of October at the earliest, it has been confirmed.
The news marks a further delay to the report, initially expected ahead of the summer recess.
Tue, 25/09/2012 - 14:15
The government is expected to announce a review of library e-lending tomorrow (Wednesday 26th September), with William Sieghart, founder of Forward Publishing and the Forward Prize for Poetry, leading the initiative, and Faber chief executive Stephen Page, PFD chief Caroline Michel and author Joanna Trollope all included on the panel of...
Thu, 13/09/2012 - 09:00
Culture secretary Ed Vaizey has said that inquiries into library closures cannot be called “willy-nilly”.
Speaking at a parliamentary debate held last night (12th September) to discuss Gloucestershire libraries, Vaizey expressed his favour for library volunteers and pointed out the rarity of inquiries from the Department...
Tue, 04/09/2012 - 12:33
Maria Miller is to become the new culture secretary, after being promoted from her job as under secretary of state for disabled people at the Department of Work and Pensions. The MP for Basingstoke will have a dual role as minister for women and equalities, a role previously filled by Theresa May.
Miller (pictured) ...
Tue, 04/09/2012 - 10:18
Three councils have been told there is little chance of an inquiry into the closures at their library services, despite the scale of the cuts taking place.
Ed Vaizey, minister for culture, communications and creative industries, has written to authorities in Bolton, Lewisham and the Isle of Wight informing them that he is not “...