Round up

Brixton Blog : 6th October

UNISON calls on Lambeth council to rethink gym libraries




This Is Local London : 5th October

Barnet | Library proposals ‘extremely worrying’, say campaigners



Local Government Lawyer : 5th October

Report claims ‘one-party councils’ could be missing out on procurement savings



THE BOOKSELLER : 26th September

Speak Up for Libraries conference to be held in November

Lobby for Barnet libraries

to join us at Hendon Town Hall at 7pm on 12 October for the Council Meeting where the final proposals for our service will be announced.
Maybe you signed the petition, joined a Save Barnet Libraries march, took part in the consultation?
Maybe you’ve read the report of the consultation and know that more than 90% of Barnet residents oppose the council’s three options for cuts to library services, closure of libraries, and unstaffed opening hours?
Now make sure your views are represented.
Come to the Children, Education, Libraries and Safeguarding committee meeting, starting at 7pm sharp, at Hendon Town Hall on 12 October.

Barnet libraries latest

Here are some Library report headlines
· 46% of workforce to be sacked
· Redundancy payments will cost £1.5 million
· 71% of panellists, 88% of questionnaire respondents opposed the reduction of staff opening hours
· Council are now proposing to cut the 634.5 staffed library hours a week to 188.
· Under the proposal Libraries will initially be required to open for only 15 hours a week, with or without staff
· Four Libraries, Childs Hill, East Barnet , Mill Hill, and South Friern will be run by volunteers
· The Library Proposal is to cut Library costs by £2.85million by 2019/20. The present budget is £4.5 million.
· Phase one of planning for and changing the library service has been estimated at £399,300
· Phase Two will cost £750, 000
· It is estimated that “reconfiguring libraries to release space” will cost £2 million.
· The cost in introducing technology that allows unstaffed opening will cost £2.41 million,
· This means that at least£6,560,3000 will be spent implementing changes to the Library Service with the rationale of saving £2.850,000

Round up

Research Information : 8th October

CILIP pro-Conservative tweet raises members’ hackles



Conservative Home (published online – 8th Oct)

Judy Terry: Suffolk shows how libraries can thrive as social enterprises

However, if I were in the driving seat again today, I’d be looking at something a great deal more radical, ….”



Huddersfield Examiner : 8th October

Controversial Kirklees library shake-up to go under spot light



Hinckley Times: 8th October

Leicestershire | Barwell’s community library plan is written off

a full explanation is given by those who wanted to take it on



South London Press : 8th October

Lambeth | Protest plans over library changes



The Courier : 8th October

Encouraging response to Fife library closure consultation



Northampton Chronicle : 8th October

SPECIAL REPORT: Children’s centres fear ‘lost generation’ of families after loss of kids’

sessions in Northamptonshire




THE BOOKSELLER : 7th October

Unison condemns proposal to turn libraries into ‘gyms’




Waterstones takes Amazon’s Kindle off shelves after ‘pitiful’ sales



Telegraph & Argus : 7th October

Kirklees | Decision on library closures ‘called in’ for further scrutiny

Leon’s Library Blog : 4th October

The Gordian Knot




Barnet Eye : 4th October

Guest Blog | What all Barnet Tory Councillors should realise about libraries – By Barnet Librarian



Brixton Blog : 4th October

Lambeth libraries to double up as gyms



Shropshire Star: 4th October

Ellesmere library opening hours could be cut by more than half

Move Ellesmere Library into day centre or see opening hours cut by more than half – Consultation



Cornish Guardian : 4th October

Bodmin library expected to move to town outskirts



Stoke Sentinel : 4th October

Volunteers set up library after mobile service axe



Peeblesshire News : 4th October

Scottish Borders | Trust set to take over cultural services

THE BOOKSELLER : 1st October

CILIP urges libraries to welcome refugees



BBC News : 1st October

Reading Council plans £600k cut to library service




LGA : 1st October

Libraries funded to run innovative digital inclusion activity



The Star : 1st October

Sheffield libraries branch out a year on from handover



Local Government Lawyer : 30th September

Internal auditors urge public sector boards to get assurance on risks of outsourcing

“Organisations may think they have thrown the risk ‘over the fence’ but this is absolutely not the case.”

Private Eye : 30th September

Issue No 1402 (p. 35)

Library News | Herefordshire

Available in newsagents


ITV News : 30th September

Leicestershire | Community groups on course to take over libraries


Get Reading : 30th September

Libraries in Reading: cuts of £600,000 to be made

Every branch library in Reading – apart from Central Library- will come under scrutiny as the council searches for £600,000 worth of cuts.



Public Libraries News : 29th September

Editorial | Lewisham claim making staff redundant “enhances” their service … and refugees


Leicester Mercury : 29th September

Leicestershire | Uncertainty remains over future of four closure-threatened libraries

Bosses at County Hall say they have been able to reach agreements that will see 32 smaller county libraries managed by volunteers leaving just four at risk of closure.


Lincolnshire CC : 29th September

New era for libraries

? …



Stoke Sentinel : 28th September

Staffordshire | Libraries handed over to save cash



Stamford Mercury : 26th September

Lincolnshire | Proposal to save Deeping Library is rejected

Plan was backed by Deepings MP John Hayes (Con)

BBC News : 29th September

Sheffield City Council thanks library volunteers

“We still have some financial support from Sheffield City Council, but that will end in about 18 months time, and even that does not meet all our bills so fundraising is one of our key activities.”



Lincolnshire Echo : 29th September

Lincolnshire library to shut for good due to lack of funding

The library at Wragby will shut later today as there are not enough funds to keep it open, volunteers who run it say once rent has been paid there is only £1,000 left to run it for the year.  Barbara Bartlett, one of the volunteers set up to run the library, said the decision to shut it was due to a lack of support from Lincolnshire County Council.



Cambrian News : 29th September

Gwynedd | Relocating library to leisure centre ‘offers better facilities’




THE BOOKSELLER : 28th September

Young people prefer print to e-books 

The survey marks the launch of ‘SYN: State of the Youth Nation’, a new research tool from market research company YouthSight.

Publican’s Morning Advertiser : 28th September

Pubs minister checks out a book with his pint

Cornwall visit.  Appointed in May 2015 as Parliamentary under secretary of state for DCLG.



Daily Echo : 28th September

Letter | Council can do job

There is only one community group able to run our library service and that is Southampton City Council.



Chronicle Live : 28th September

Newcastle | Primary school pupils put new Newburn library through its paces



Cornish Guardian : 26th September

Tax rise could finance Launceston library after survey by Town Council

More than 70 per cent of those responding to the survey said they would be willing to pay more tax if it meant the service remained free, and 88 per cent of responders said they used the library.



Grimsby Telegraph : 26th September

North East Lincs | Library needs your votes to win cash and reopen




Barnet & Whetstone Press : 23rd September

Enfield | Council defends cuts after £4.4m library refurb

THE BOOKSELLER : 25th September

CILIP votes overwhelmingly against ‘amateurisation’ of library service


Leon’s Library Blog : 25th September

Cilip AGM 2015


SCL : 25th September

Library leaders across England and Wales confirm the welcome offered to refugees and

asylum seekers from public libraries



Shropshire Star : 25th September

Shropshire Council’s plans to hand libraries over to groups opposed by campaigners



Express & Star : 25th September

Sandwell | Residents’ opinions sought as council warns frontline services may be cut

including Libraries



Sutton Guardian : 25th September

Have your say on £1m cuts to Sutton’s libraries



Rye & Battle Observer : 25th September

East Sussex | ‘No red lines’ as county council looks to cut more than £70m



Wales Online : 25th September

Struggling National Library appoints new Chief Exec to turn around its fortunes

insolvency a threat unless jobs are lost



Craven Herald : 24th September

North Yorkshire | Meetings organised for potential library volunteers


Marking, WTF!

I have been looking at school marking systems. They are absurd. I have come across teachers having to write in ‘tickled pink’ and ‘green for growth.’
WTF. These are real! Kevin McLaughlin on the second post here has fun with others which are exaggerations, but not by much! There are -I kid you not- eight pages where teachers need two felt tip pens, three different coloured other pens and ludicrous letter schemes such as S for support and-oh yes- T for teacher support. No marking scheme should be longer than a page of A4 and it should be SIMPLE to use and understand. Have we lost our faculty for humour and proportion and sheer bloody common sense? This is how to give teachers’ nervous breakdowns. Senior management teams: stop it now!