Tue, 14/05/2013 - 07:30
Herefordshire Council is due to meet this week to discuss cuts to its budget that could see several libraries closed.
Campaigners have started a petition against library closures, claiming that libraries in the county could lose 75% of their budget, with 11 of the county’s 12 libraries in line to be closed.
An agenda for...
Fri, 10/05/2013 - 09:06
Arts Council England’s new director for libraries has said he would like to “change the debate” on public libraries and see more made of the popularity of the service.
Brian Ashley has 30 years experience in local government library services, and joined ACE in 2011 from the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council...
Thu, 09/05/2013 - 07:00
Six libraries in Manchester are set to close on 29th June despite opposition from the public.
A consultation held by the city council saw more than 1,000 people respond to the plans to close six libraries, with the majority opposing the cuts.
But Manchester City Council intends to push ahead with the plans, announced earlier...
Wed, 08/05/2013 - 08:15
Rights People's Alex Webb is among those battling to save libraries around Southend with a campaign against cutbacks.
SOS Leigh Library is fighting to save Leigh-on-Sea library from cuts by Southend Borough Council, which is planning to reduce its libraries from six to two, and focus spending on a central library called the Forum...
Tue, 07/05/2013 - 09:26
The implications of Open Access for libraries will be debated in Westminster at an event hosted by the Libraries All-Party Parliamentary Group.
The date of the debate has yet to be confirmed, but it will include MPs and representatives from the library, publishing, university and academic fields.
Annie Mauger, chief...
Wed, 01/05/2013 - 16:40
Hachette US will make its digital catalogue of more than 5,000 books available to libraries for the first time since after stopping new releases becoming available in 2010.
The change will mean all new titles will become available, as well as books released digitally in the past three years. E-books will be priced at three times the...
Tue, 30/04/2013 - 09:40
Brian Ashley, formerly Nottingham City Council's director of culture, will take on the role of Arts Council England director with a focus on libraries, following the re-organisation announced last year.
He is expected to take on the role in July 2013 when the changes are implemented, and will be based in Nottingham.
Tue, 23/04/2013 - 14:49
The greatest achievement of the Victorian era (apart from cinematography and the A-frame bicycle) was the public library. Machine-readable catalogues were the precursor to the web, which still has some of the utopian orientation of the library voiced in Antonio Panizzi's evidence...
Tue, 23/04/2013 - 09:00
Givers across the country are gearing up to take part in this evening's World Book Night, which will see half a million books handed out to people who do not usually read.
Twenty thousand people are signed up to distribute 20 copies of their selected title. Yodel has distributed the 400,000 books, which include Tracy Chevalier...
Mon, 22/04/2013 - 07:00
Hodder & Stoughton debut The Universe versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence will be a "Big City Read" in Bristol and Glastonbury in May, in a scheme run with The Reading Agency (TRA), and Bristol and Somerset library services and bookshops.
One thousand copies of the novel, released in paperback on 9th May, will be...