Mon, 01/03/2010 - 07:24
Libraries are among the services "most vulnerable" to widespread cuts across local councils, with a BBC survey estimating 25,000 public sector jobs could be lost around the country.
More than 70% of the 49 councils that responded to the survey predicted spending cuts of between 5% and 20%.
Thu, 25/02/2010 - 15:18
Controversy over the future structure of Scottish publishing continued to simmer at the annual conference of Publishing Scotland in Edinburgh yesterday (24th February).
The conference came a week after a row erupted over the findings of the...
Tue, 23/02/2010 - 12:50
The government has confirmed that there has been no change to its stance on proposals to cut off repeat illegal file-sharers from internet access, saying they are still part of a "last resort" measure.
Tue, 23/02/2010 - 08:48
Discworld author Sir Terry Pratchett has written to MPs and peers urging them to vote in favour of the digital piracy measures included in the Digital Britain Bill "as a matter of urgency", the Guardian ...
Mon, 15/02/2010 - 09:42
The government has said it has no plans to make school libraries a statutory requirement, despite a petition in favour of the move gathering more than 5,700 signatories.
The petition, run by Campaign for the Book organiser Alan Gibbons, asked the government "to accept in principle that it will make school libraries, run by properly...
Mon, 15/02/2010 - 09:42
Ambiguity continues to surround the government's stance on the statutory basis of the library service, following a speech by culture minister Margaret Hodge at a "people's inquiry" into public libraries held by public service union Unison at the British Library yesterday (11th February).
Authors Sue Townsend, Michael...
Wed, 27/01/2010 - 09:05
A commission to examine the future of school library provision in England is being launched by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and the National Literacy Trust (NLT).
The commission will be chaired by former secretary of state for education and skills Estelle Morris and will deliver its findings in June.
Mon, 25/01/2010 - 08:55
Children's author and library campaigner Alan Gibbons has told Ed Balls, secretary of state for children, schools and families, that he will continue his fight to make school libraries statutory despite government's rejection of a recent petition to that effect.
The petition, organised by Gibbons, attracted over 5,700 signatures...
Wed, 20/01/2010 - 14:38
Mon, 18/01/2010 - 08:28
EU politicians have called for the woman nominated as digital agenda commissioner in charge of publishing to face a second confirmation hearing, after she gave less-than-stellar responses at the first.
Dutch politician Neelie Kroes, who is currently serving as competition commissioner, has been nominated to serve in the publishing role...