Fri, 08/02/2013 - 08:35
The Reading Agency has announced a new wave of author and publisher support for libraries as the service prepares to celebrate National Libraries Day tomorrow (9th February).
The literacy charity has encouraged authors including Stephen Fry, Jacqueline Wilson, Andy McNab, Peter James and Malorie Blackman to use social media to...
Thu, 07/02/2013 - 14:58
The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) is to review its purpose and how it works, as it seeks to be more open with library staff and campaigners.
It has released the minutes of its executive committee meeting online, revealing a...
Wed, 06/02/2013 - 07:45
A library in north London which was occupied by squatters will now be run by volunteers from the local community following an agreement with Barnet Council.
Friern Barnet Library was occupied in September after it was closed by the council in April 2012. Squatters have lived inside the building throughout the winter, running a book...
Tue, 05/02/2013 - 09:30
Liverpool City Council is considering closing half its libraries as it looks to make another round of budget savings.
Like Newcastle City Council, which is aiming to close ten of its 18 libraries, Liverpool City Council could shut ten of its 19 libraries in an attempt to save £938,000 from their budget.
Mon, 04/02/2013 - 08:47
The Government's official response to the Culture, Media and Sport's Select Committee report into library closures has concluded: "This is not a service in crisis".
In the official Department for Culture, Media and Sport...
Fri, 01/02/2013 - 06:55
Hundreds of events are planned to mark National Libraries Day (NLD) on 9th February, but campaigners are concerned that, once again, not all library authorities are getting actively involved.
Mark Taylor of the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP), which is co-ordinating the event, said the...
Thu, 31/01/2013 - 12:49
The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) has admitted that libraries "must do more with less" as it unveils its "Universal Offers" programme, which sets out guidelines for services all public libraries should offer to their local communities.
At a press conference this morning (31st January) Janene Cox, president of...
Thu, 31/01/2013 - 09:20
The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL), with the support of culture minister Ed Vaizey, has "set out their vision for the future of public libraries" with four “Universal Offers” describing services that all libraries should be expected to provide.
SCL announced the initiative in a presentation at the British...
Tue, 29/01/2013 - 15:00
City of York Council has been given £100,000 by the cabinet office to help it form a mutual business to run its library service.
The local authority had previously raised the suggestion of forming a mutual service to take control of...
Fri, 25/01/2013 - 14:46
Some volunteers working in a Lewisham library are there under the “workfare” scheme which will cancel their benefit payments unless they undertake the work.
Sydenham Library, which was taken out of local authority control and is now run by Eco Computer Systems, a charity and social enterprise which recycles computers for...