Fri, 24/05/2013 - 08:25
A national library e-lending model that pays publishers for every loan was one of the suggestions made at a discussion on sustainable models for libraries at a Westminster Media Forum on publishing this week (21st May).
Tim Coates, c.e.o. of e-book company Bilbary, made the case for a model based on “Reader- Driven Access...
Thu, 23/05/2013 - 09:15
Arts Council England’s Envisioning the Library of the Future project has concluded that libraries should be at the hub of their communities, but states that libraries can provide greater benefit when they are co-located with other services.
Brian Ashley, ACE director for libraries, said: “One of the things that came...
Tue, 21/05/2013 - 14:27
There is a strong suspicion that the DCMS is turning a blind eye to the closure of libraries in some of the UK's most deprived communities.
Sue Charteris, in her often-quoted report on the Wirral Inquiry, made it very clear that special considerations must apply if closure of branches in deprived areas is contemplated. Ed...
Tue, 14/05/2013 - 07:30
Herefordshire Council is due to meet this week to discuss cuts to its budget that could see several libraries closed.
Campaigners have started a petition against library closures, claiming that libraries in the county could lose 75% of their budget, with 11 of the county’s 12 libraries in line to be closed.
An agenda for...
Fri, 10/05/2013 - 09:06
Arts Council England’s new director for libraries has said he would like to “change the debate” on public libraries and see more made of the popularity of the service.
Brian Ashley has 30 years experience in local government library services, and joined ACE in 2011 from the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council...
Thu, 09/05/2013 - 07:00
Six libraries in Manchester are set to close on 29th June despite opposition from the public.
A consultation held by the city council saw more than 1,000 people respond to the plans to close six libraries, with the majority opposing the cuts.
But Manchester City Council intends to push ahead with the plans, announced earlier...
Wed, 08/05/2013 - 08:15
Rights People's Alex Webb is among those battling to save libraries around Southend with a campaign against cutbacks.
SOS Leigh Library is fighting to save Leigh-on-Sea library from cuts by Southend Borough Council, which is planning to reduce its libraries from six to two, and focus spending on a central library called the Forum...
Tue, 07/05/2013 - 09:26
The implications of Open Access for libraries will be debated in Westminster at an event hosted by the Libraries All-Party Parliamentary Group.
The date of the debate has yet to be confirmed, but it will include MPs and representatives from the library, publishing, university and academic fields.
Annie Mauger, chief...
Wed, 01/05/2013 - 16:40
Hachette US will make its digital catalogue of more than 5,000 books available to libraries for the first time since after stopping new releases becoming available in 2010.
The change will mean all new titles will become available, as well as books released digitally in the past three years. E-books will be priced at three times the...
Tue, 30/04/2013 - 09:40
Brian Ashley, formerly Nottingham City Council's director of culture, will take on the role of Arts Council England director with a focus on libraries, following the re-organisation announced last year.
He is expected to take on the role in July 2013 when the changes are implemented, and will be based in Nottingham.