Library crisis news

On at least four occasions Culture Minister Ed Vaizey used today’s Select Committee hearing to refute the idea that the public library service is in crisis. Over three hundred library campaigners filling Central Hall, Westminster found his performance weak, vacillating and evasive. Here are some news stories that show why:

Libraries get political

International Business Times : 13th March
Library Crisis: Ed Vaizey Says Staff Cuts an ‘Opportunity’

Includes questions put to the Minister and his replies –  CMS Select Committee

Jarvis calls Vaizey “Dr Beeching” of libraries

London Evening Standard : 13th March
Top authors join protest rally to lobby No?10 on library cutbacks

Times Series : 13th March
Friern Barnet library campaigners join national lobby

Eagle Radio : 13th March
SLAM lobbies Surrey MPs in Parliament

Morning Star : 13th March
Speaking up for libraries

Speak up for Libraries has cut through the coalition claptrap to home in on the government’s intended death by a thousand cuts that lies in store for our public libraries.

Morning Star : 13th March
Vaizey dithers over library concessions

Award-winning children’s author Alan Gibbons from Campaign for the Book accused culture ministers of “abdicating their responsibility and launching a dismal erosion of library standards and their presence in the community.”

Campaigners welcome Vaizey’s reach-out to CILIP

Battle over library closures intensifies

BBC News : 13th March
Libraries face ‘ongoing struggle’ from budget cuts

Includes video recording of Tim Coates on BBC Breakfast

THE SPECTATOR : 13th March
Libraries get political

The appearance of union provocateurs may please the government, but a petition of 70,000 signatures gained by the Women’s Institute will spark unease among Conservatives who are conscious that they have not connected with female voters.

Infoism : 13th March
Speech on behalf of Voices for the Library at the Speak up for Libraries rally


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