Wed, 26/02/2014 - 09:30
Leicestershire County Council has proposed handing control of 37 libraries to parish councils and volunteer groups, with just 16 bigger libraries still under council control.
Tue, 17/12/2013 - 09:00
Library campaigners have attacked the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL), after it said CIPFA's annual library report showed libraries expanding their services in line with community need.
CIPFA's report, released last week, showed...
Thu, 28/11/2013 - 09:00
Cuts-stricken Newcastle is one of four authorities chosen by the Society of Chief Librarians to take part in the Sieghart Review pilots.
Newcastle City Council joins Peterborough, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Derbyshire County...
Wed, 16/10/2013 - 06:45
The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) has struck a deal to give public libraries in England greater access to online reference materials.
The SCL agreed the deal with JISC Collections, which will provide all libraries with access to Reference Online, a resource of materials including dictionaries, encyclopaedias and other reference...
Fri, 02/08/2013 - 09:14
E-book lending pilots are to launch at libraries, with the projects expected to run to the end of 2014.
The pilots are being launched as a result of the Sieghart Review into public library e-lending, which called for a series of...
Thu, 06/06/2013 - 09:00
Publishers and librarians have assembled a list of questions to inform e-lending pilot schemes around the UK.
The move follows the Sieghart Review's recommendation that free remote e-book lending be established at public libraries, but that "frictions" be put in place to mirror physical lending.
Wed, 05/06/2013 - 09:10
A new initiative that encourages people to use libraries to discover self-help books has been formally launched.
The Reading Well: Books on Prescription scheme aims to help the estimated 6m people in the UK who suffer from anxiety and depression, with three quarters receiving no treatment. GPs and other health professionals will now...
Wed, 20/03/2013 - 08:45
A newly launched library website supported by Arts Council England and the Society of Chief Librarians has reported that 60% of people are not visiting their local libraries.
But the report has been criticised by library campaigner Desmond Clarke, who said it was "strange for the organisations behind this website to launch it...
Thu, 31/01/2013 - 12:49
The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) has admitted that libraries "must do more with less" as it unveils its "Universal Offers" programme, which sets out guidelines for services all public libraries should offer to their local communities.
At a press conference this morning (31st January) Janene Cox, president of...
Thu, 31/01/2013 - 09:20
The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL), with the support of culture minister Ed Vaizey, has "set out their vision for the future of public libraries" with four “Universal Offers” describing services that all libraries should be expected to provide.
SCL announced the initiative in a presentation at the British...