Thu, 26/02/2009 - 09:00
The severe pressures on local authority budgets that threaten the public library service could last a decade, delegates were warned at a library campaign conference on Wednesday.
The ground-breaking event was billed to bring council leaders and cabinet members from local authorities across the south of England together with senior...
Tue, 24/02/2009 - 15:35
MLA chief executive Roy Clare has offered "consultancy support" to Swindon's library service, following a visit to the town earlier today (24th February). He suggested that Swindon's library service could be integrated with health centres, children's centres and post offices.
Clare visited Swindon after being urged...
Tue, 24/02/2009 - 09:00
Swindon council has voted in favour of cuts to its budget, which will lead to the closure of four local libraries. The decision came despite a report by library campaigner Tim Coates, which argued that the council could achieve its target of saving £100,000 in its library service by cutting management costs instead of by closing libraries...
Mon, 23/02/2009 - 15:23
The London borough of Westminster has reported a strong increase in its library visitor numbers as the recession bites. Director of libraries David Ruse said visits were up 10.5% (a total of 634,600) over the three months to the end of January 2009, compared to the same period the previous year.
During the same three-month period, the...
Thu, 19/02/2009 - 08:02
Library campaigner Tim Coates has been called in by Swindon Council to write a report on its library budget. It follows the council’s decision to earmark four of its libraries for closure, causing widespread protest.
The nature of Coates' job and what it might achieve has not been divulged. At Hillingdon Coates saves money on...
Wed, 18/02/2009 - 14:40
The MLA has changed its guidance on the management of controversial stock after widespread criticism that the draft document, circulated for consultation last year, could make librarians over-cautious in their stock policy.
The final guidance, compiled with additional help from the Chartered Institute for Library and Information...
Tue, 17/02/2009 - 11:40
The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) has asked for further information on the background to the four library closures proposed by Swindon council earlier this month, after local campaigner Shirley Burnham repeated a plea for the library body to intervene. The development is a shift from the email exchange reported on theBookseller....
Mon, 16/02/2009 - 15:44
Roy Clare, chief executive of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Commission (MLA), has rejected a call by a Swindon libraries campaigner to intervene over threatened cuts to four local libraries.
The planned cuts follow budget pressures on Swindon council. Local campaigner Shirley Burnham sent an email to Clare requesting his support,...
Mon, 16/02/2009 - 10:00
QED has predicted a 50% growth in turnover within the next three years as it aims to vigorously pursue sales through the trade and overseas. The school library publisher, whose turnover currently stands at £3.2m, has appointed Walker Books to handle its trade sales. Walker previously represented Kingfisher, before its (Kingfisher's)...
Fri, 13/02/2009 - 08:12
Four libraries across the town are facing cuts, as budget pressures mount on Swindon Council, reports This is Wiltshire.
"At a heated cabinet meeting on Wednesday it was revealed that Gorse Hill and Even Swindon libraries have joined the ranks of libraries under pressure."