Tue, 12/08/2014 - 09:20
The Carnegie UK Trust is starting a new £200,000 project to help expand the role of public libraries.
A three-year funding programme, Carnegie Library Lab, will create partnerships with up to 15 libraries looking to develop "innovative practice."
Libraries will be able to apply for a grant during September,...
Wed, 18/06/2014 - 09:10
Libraries in Wirral will be at risk of closure unless passed to volunteers if the council pushes ahead with its money-saving plans, a report has warned.
The possible cutbacks come five years after the council was forced to abandon proposals to close 11 of...
Fri, 11/04/2014 - 15:35
The first UK e-lending trial involving major UK publishers has been positive, according toSociety of Chief Librarians (SCL) president Janene Cox, because “people who loan books, buy books”.
Cox was speaking at a panel on digital projects in public libraries at the London Book Fair this week.
One thousand titles...
Fri, 21/03/2014 - 09:30
Libraries and bookshops are discussing ways they can work together to help each other survive the current challenging climate.
The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) and the Booksellers Association are holding meetings to see if libraries and bookshops can collaborate to tackle a tough environment in which both are facing closure on a...
Mon, 03/03/2014 - 09:10
A year-long pilot for e-lending in public libraries is being launched today (3rd March), offering new releases and titles not available for e-lending elsewhere.
Library visitors in the four pilot areas - Peterborough, Newcastle, Windsor and Maidenhead, and Derbyshire – will be able to access a list of over 1,000 titles not...
Fri, 31/01/2014 - 08:10
More than 100,000 people have made use of the Books on Prescription scheme since it launched in public libraries last summer.
Libraries in England report that loans of the recommended titles increased by 145% during the first three months of the...
Fri, 10/05/2013 - 08:57
The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) Ciara Eastell has been confirmed as the group’s president elect.
She will take over the role of president from Janene Cox in June 2014 for a two year term.
Eastell is currently the head of libraries, culture and heritage for Devon County Council, having spent the last five years...
Fri, 01/02/2013 - 06:55
Hundreds of events are planned to mark National Libraries Day (NLD) on 9th February, but campaigners are concerned that, once again, not all library authorities are getting actively involved.
Mark Taylor of the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP), which is co-ordinating the event, said the...
Fri, 11/01/2013 - 07:30
Library campaigners are forecasting a grim 2013, predicting that 300 libraries could close or be lost from local authority control in the next 12 months.
2012 saw 200 libraries shut according to figures from CIPFA, but many fear 2013 could be worse.
Phil Bradley, president of the Chartered Institute for...
Tue, 10/04/2012 - 08:10
The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) is to have meetings with individual publishers over e-lending, with licensing business models among proposals for discussion. Leasing e-books for a set time period, or a limited number of loans—the proposal favoured by HarperCollins a year ago, and at the time widely criticised—are among the...