Thu, 12/02/2009 - 13:27
BBC Audiobooks are to made available as downloads for libraries in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa that have access to digital lending through the US-based distributor OverDrive. Initially 1,500 books will be made available, with evergreen titles such as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and the Dick...
Thu, 12/02/2009 - 08:26
The number of libraries participating in the Richard & Judy Book Club has fallen by 8% according to the Reading Agency. Miranda McKearney, director of the Reading Agency, said: "We are worried by anecdotal evidence that some authorities don’t feel able to continue to do [Richard & Judy], and the impact may come through more...
Wed, 11/02/2009 - 16:39
This is the text of an open letter to Culture Secretary Andy Burnham from the Campaign for the Book.
As you will know, Wirral council has voted to close eleven of its 24 libraries in the face of huge popular opposition You said last October at a conference in Liverpool that you were 'committed to the provision of a...
Wed, 11/02/2009 - 16:30
There is a widening social divide in England between those who can get hold of good books and those who can’t. Equally wide is the divide between those bureaucrats in West End offices, and those people toiling the streets in a bid to keep and improve the libraries which they so relish as an integral part of their lives.
Tue, 10/02/2009 - 13:26
Culture secretary Andy Burnham will keep the Wirral library closures "under consideration" , a spokesperson at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport said today (10th February). Wirral council decided last night to press ahead with the planned closures, despite widespread opposition and a campaign supported by Wirral residents,...
Tue, 10/02/2009 - 08:14
Wirral Council last night pushed through its controversial library closure plans, despite a rebellion within the Liberal Democrat ranks, reports the Liverpool Daily Post.
The full council approved the Labour-Liberal Democrat alliance’s Strategic Asset Review (SAR) – which calls for 11 libraries to be shut, along with other...
Mon, 09/02/2009 - 12:27
An innovative scheme aimed at bringing together independent booksellers and publishers is being introduced to a selection of libraries across London just two months after it was launched. Entitled Exclusively Independent, the scheme was set up by indie publisher Legend Press and is funded by Arts Council England. Through creating specially-...
Mon, 09/02/2009 - 12:12
The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals has added to the calls for culture secretary Andy Burnham to review Wirral council's plans to close nearly half its public libraries. CILIP council has now formally asked Burnham to intervene.
The move adds to the campaign against the closures already being waged by...
Sat, 07/02/2009 - 13:01
Thriller-giant James Patterson tops the league of the most borrowed authors in libraries for a second year running in the latest Public Lending Right (PLR) figures, covering the year to June 2008. Patterson maintained his lead with a total of more than 1.5 million library loans, with Jacqueline Wilson, Daisy Meadows and Nora Roberts also...
Thu, 05/02/2009 - 07:49
A Scottish university has blamed the credit crunch for its decision to buy fewer books. Edinburgh University's library is to stop buying less well-used texts and cancel some online subscriptions, reports the Scotsman. But critics have warned that little-used materials could be crucial to world-leading research and university...