Thu, 11/12/2008 - 14:00
The head of the Iraqi National Library and Archive in Baghdad has been hailed as "an inspiration and a role model to our profession" by British Library chief executive Dame Lynne Brindley.
Dr Saad Eskander was presented with an Honorary Fellowship of The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) for...
Tue, 09/12/2008 - 07:26
Nielsen Book is to measure library book borrowing from 2009, after a successful trial with 156 libraries. The initiative, LibScan, will mirror Nielsen's book sales monitor BookScan, and will record the number of library loans issued on a weekly basis.
The full service – which is free to participating libraries - will provide...
Fri, 28/11/2008 - 08:37
Hampshire County Council's forthcoming library conference, to be held in partnership with campaigner Tim Coates, has been scheduled for February 25th 2009.
Council leader Ken Thornber is inviting fellow council leaders to participate at the event, Local Authorities Transforming Public Libraries, which will take place in...
Thu, 27/11/2008 - 17:05
The picture Desmond Clarke presents could mislead readers of The Bookseller and may depress the many able professional people who are making great strides in developing the habit of providing excellent library services for all.
In my first year at the helm of MLA I have visited more than one hundred public libraries in more...
Thu, 27/11/2008 - 16:56
Desmond Clarke's allegation that I have not "made any attempt to talk publicly about the importance of public libraries" since my appointment as chair of the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council (MLA) last summer is self-evidently a piece of personal rudeness, but more seriously (because of the larger disrespect it shows to the...
Thu, 27/11/2008 - 16:52
This is the time of year when local authorities prioritise the demands for funding for the new financial year. The Library Information Statistics Unit warns that public libraries should expect further slicing of book funds, reductions in staff numbers and closures—more of what has sadly become an annual ritual despite the statutory...
Thu, 27/11/2008 - 09:36
For 150 years we have all assumed that public libraries are a 'good thing' for books. It is time to question that assumption. Why should a publisher allow free loans of books that can be sold? Why should a bookseller permit free government subsidised trading of goods and services in a way that clearly contravenes European competition law ?...
Tue, 25/11/2008 - 08:43
Five higher education (HE) library purchasing consortia are getting together to negotiate jointly for the supply of their books and e-books, in what they say is “the most valuable and complex tender for books ever undertaken in the UK or elsewhere.”
The five organisations - Midlands Universities, North East and Yorkshire, and...
Mon, 24/11/2008 - 14:57
The long-awaited European digital library Europeana will be back "bigger and better" by mid-December said the European Commission’s information society spokesman Martin Selmayr. The site was officially launched last Thursday (20th November) but you had to be quick off the mark to learn anything from it: within hours the site had...
Mon, 24/11/2008 - 05:04
The European Digital Library, Europeana, will not now relaunch until December after users overloaded its servers on its first day. Having experienced problems on its first day, a messsage on the home page reads: "The Europeana site is temporarily not accessible due to overwhelming interest after its launch (10 million hits...