Wed, 18/03/2009 - 08:30
Hampshire and Hertfordshire are the latest library services looking into offering e-books to users, as US e-book service supplier Overdrive continues to target the UK. A presentation by Overdrive, to be held at Winchester Discovery Centre in Hampshire later today (18th March), is set to bring 100 attendees from library authorities across the...
Thu, 12/03/2009 - 10:10
Creative Content has signed a deal with OverDrive to sell its titles in libraries and schools.
OverDrive, a digital media distributor, which sends content out to over 9,000 libraries and online retailers will distribute Creative Content's business etiquette and self-improvement titles worldwide.
Ali Muirden, founder of...
Tue, 10/03/2009 - 06:13
A Wirral MP has demanded the council calls an immediate halt to its library closure programme, reports the Wirral Globe.
Stephen Hesford has written to council chief executuve Steve Maddox saying the controversial shut down of 11 libraries, swimming pools and village halls should be put on ice until a series of complaints and inquiries...
Mon, 09/03/2009 - 07:45
Shirley Burnham, the outspoken campaigner against library closures in Swindon, has been invited to meet prime minister Gordon Brown at Number 10 Downing Street later today (9th March).
It is understood that Stephen Hesford, MP for Wirral West, who has submitted a complaint to the Ombudsman concerning the library closure programme in...
Sun, 08/03/2009 - 09:19
Shadow culture secretary Ed Vaizey has said that a Conservative government would introduce a new programme, "Renaissance for Libraries", to identify weak authorities for improvement and establish a system of library inspection. He also said the Tories would bring in a voluntary Library Charter.
Speaking at the London Libraries...
Fri, 06/03/2009 - 12:19
As local authorities finalise plans for the new financial year, the budget pressures they are facing are greater than ever. Councils are desperate not to alienate a cash-strapped electorate by raising council taxes. But with their revenues from business rates falling as the recession bites local authorities are looking at service cuts, and...
Thu, 05/03/2009 - 16:09
Library campaigners have questioned the positive gloss put on the latest annual statistics from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA), released earlier this week. The figures show that public library spending on books dropped again in the 12 months to March 2008, falling 1.5% to £98.8m. The fall follows...
Wed, 04/03/2009 - 08:03
Culture secretary Andy Burnham has advised Wirral council to involve the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) in discussions about the future of their library service.
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport spokesperson made the information public after shadow arts minister Ed Vaizey heavily criticised Burnham for failing to...
Tue, 03/03/2009 - 06:47
Shadow culture minister Ed Vaizey has accused his opposite number Andy Burnham of "ignoring his responsibilities as secretary of state" by refusing to intervene in the library closures in the Wirral.
Burnham last week told the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) that he "is not minded at...
Mon, 02/03/2009 - 14:46
Exclusively Independent - a scheme that aims to bring together independent booksellers with their publishing counterparts – is hosting its first author event at the Hammersmith Library on 18th March.
The evening kicks off at 7:30 and will feature discussions and readings by a number of authors from publishers such as Picnic,...