UK library news

UK libraries in the news | 13 Jun 2018

UNISON warns that students could be disadvantaged by a plan to use pupils and volunteers to run school libraries,

Parents assisting a part-time school librarian angry being used as an example to promote students running libraries,  

UK library workers outrage over SCL deal with the Home Office,

Call for update on Barnet libraries refused despite concerns about staffless access, loss of study areas and impact on youth,

Locality call for Government’s financial support for Community Ownership Fund,

 Only 13% have signed up to Sth Gloucestershire’s staffless ‘open access’ scheme for libraries,

Oxfordshire promotes volunteer-run library model,

Hampshire’s refurbishment of Totton Library includes self-service kiosks and rentable spaces,

Plans for Kettering Council to buy two libraries in Northamptonshire to rent to community groups to run,

Plans to shorten opening hours in Derby Library could mean end to clubs run there…

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UK libraries in the news | 6 Jun 2018

Nursery and other works that damage Grade II listed Hove Library go ahead,

JR to protect Darlington’s Crown Street Library looms,

Pressure grows on Scottish Border education officials over school library plans,

CICs considered in Powys to keep libraries running,

Concerns over future of Bradford’s Keighley Library,

Town Council in Cornwall considers taking on local library service,

Parish councils taking on services including libraries,

Library relocates to one stop shop in Bath & NE Somerset,

Barnsley libraries which do not generate funds under threat,

Worcestershire considers axing school library service,

Low take up of Open+ access to libraries in Sth Gloucestershire,

SCL partner with CILIP to develop ethical framework regarding commercial partnerships following the fallout from its controversial deal with the Home Office…

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UK libraries in the news | 29 May 2018

Radical Librarians Collective condemn the deal between the Society of Chief Librarians and UK Visas and Immigration,

More co-location for library and discovery centre in Hampshire,

Langney Community Library Group plan to take on the running of a library in East Sussex,

Plans in Greenwich for a temporary library while Plumstead Library is renovated, 

Wellington Library Friends Group hold meeting on May 31 and remind residents to respond to Somerset’s library consultation…

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UK libraries in the news | 14 Mar 2018

Plea for eleventh-hour rescue for library situated in a school in Wokingham,  

Staffordshire train library workers as Cultural Champions as part of SCL’s Cultural Offer, 

Hull library moves and co-locates to cut costs,

Calls for Cambridgeshire to halt plans to charge for internet access and create a premium paid membership 

Survey launched to secure funding to make Cobbett Road Library in Southampton more suitable for hiring out


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UK libraries in the news | 17 & 18 Feb 2018

Latest round-up of library news by Alan Wylie – outsourcing, volunteer-led libraries and more,

Campaign to Save Highbridge Library in Somerset strengthens, including support from Unite,

The value of libraries for health and wellbeing,

MP backs fight to save Cheddar Library in Somerset – focus on keeping doors open,

Library campaigners in Kirklees make clear that professional staff in libraries is crucial to a quality library service

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Libraries in the news | 5 July 2017

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Closures, cuts and libraries turned over to volunteers….
“No libraries or streetlights left in Britain by 2020 if austerity doesn’t stop, warns Tory local government chief”
….yet closure of libraries in Lancashire seems to have been averted…
Plus, SCL and CILIP appear to accept that volunteers will deliver library services

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