Round up : 26th September
A Nation of Culture Vultures
includes link to DCMS Taking Part Survey – Libraries (see Chapter 4)
In the year ending June 2013, 36.2% of adults reported using a library service, a significant decrease from 48.2%in 2005/6 and 38% in 2011/12

DAILY EXPRESS : 26th September
Death of the library? Shock fall in users as government cuts bite
Annie Mauger, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), said: “These figures are shocking but sadly not surprising. When there are less libraries, less librarians and less money to spend on stock you can’t be surprised if usage drops.”

THE GUARDIAN : 26th September
Children’s reading shrinking due to apps, games and YouTube

Nielsen Book data suggests that 32% of children read books every day, and 60% every week. But these percentages are falling as digital entertainment rises

THE BOOKSELLER : 26th September
Gadgets trump reading, Bookseller Conference hears 
The number of children who rarely read—or do not read at all—has risen in the past year, according to new figures from Nielsen Book revealed at The Bookseller’s Children’s Conference today (26th September).

Hampshire Chronicle : 26th September
Hampshire civic chiefs to lease space in libraries
County chiefs are looking to boost civic coffers by hiring out surplus space in libraries as “hot offices”. Plans include leasing rooms on a daily rate or longer-term commercial lease to businesses and individuals. Library chiefs argue many reference books can now be read on-line via subscription sites in libraries so less space is needed for books.

Sky TV : 26th September
Video | ‘Hands Off Our Libraries’: Sunderland Campaigners March To Prevent Closures

Sunderland Echo : 26th September
Angry protest as Sunderland library cuts rammed through

ITV News : 26th September
Campaign against library closures in Sunderland
a selection of photographs

The Star : 26th September
Letter | Sheffield | Councillors failed to stand up for locals

You Tube : 26th September
How much does Surrey County Council’s library policy cost? 
After today’s Communities Select Committee at Surrey County Council, Richard Wilson chatted to Cllr Robert Evans about the shocking lack of information on the cost of the ideologically driven policy to replace paid library staff with volunteers.

The Scotsman : 26th September
Moray library protestors begin legal challenge

Save Lincolnshire Libraries Campaign : 26th September
How big is the iceberg, if the “tip” is 100 pages of A4?

Bourne Local : 26th September
Deadline nears on council library consultation
The community is fighting to save the library and the council confirmed no-one from the Deepings had expressed an interest in a volunteer-based service.  County councillor for Deeping St James Phil Dilks (Lab) said:  “The people of the Deepings are crystal clear in the fact that they want to keep their council-run library.”

Horncastle News : 26th September
Voices unite to fight Lincolnshire’s library closures
“Coningsby library is the only one in walking distance of my house, and the only place I can get to to do my university work and access books for research.”

The Echo : 26th September
Library protest at Forum Southend opening
Campaigners will protest about possible library closures as Southend’s new £27million central library opens.  Library users will join union members in calling for branch libraries in Southend to be kept fully-staffed when the new Forum Southend library opens in Elmer Square on Monday.

This Is South Wales : 26th September
Library service to change in Neath Port Talbot
It means that nine libraries across the county are facing closure — Cwmllynfell, Gwaun-cae-Gurwen, Seven Sisters, Ystalyfera, Blaengwynfi, Briton Ferry, Taibach, Cymmer and Resolven Library.

Brent Council Lib Dems : 26th September
Library supporters demand answers to Barham Park buildings mystery
Campaigners to re-open Barham Park Library are demanding an explanation for why Labour-run Brent Council is ignoring its own decisions about the future of the library building.   …  Councillor Alison Hopkins, who chairs the councils budget and finance scrutiny committee, said:  “It seems very odd ..”

Harrow Observer : 20th September
Library campaigners secure second bookshop space 
“We want our library back and will continue our campaign through direct action and service for local people.”

Round up

Public Libraries News : 24th September
Editorial | Past President of CILIP helps lead plans for volunteer library

BBC News : 25th September
Sunderland City Council to close nine libraries

Sunderland Echo : 25th September
Protestors slam ‘undemocratic’ council after authority says Sunderland library closures are a done deal

Derby Telegraph : 25th September
Libraries, care homes and 1,600 council jobs facing the axe

substantial section on Libraries

Save Lincolnshire Libraries Campaign :
Big Library March | 17 Links to TV, Radio, Press and Blog Coverage

Giles McNeill’s Blogspot : 25th September
Letter | Nettleham Parish Council Responds to Lincs CC’s Library Proposals Describing them as ‘Irrational’ 
This is a Tory parish councillor
Also, you can *listen again* to BBC’s ‘Melvyn in the Morning’ (24 Sept) by clicking here

Grantham Journal : 25th September
Grantham councillor joins hundreds in protest against proposed library cuts

Motherwell Times : 25th September
Refurbishment to create new village facility
The project is a first in North Lanarkshire, with finance coming from the change fund programme for older people which supports people for longer in their own homes.

In Cumbria : 25th September
New library opens today on Carlisle estate
The Morton Library Link will open for 73.5 hours a week in the community centre in Morton Manor, replacing the previous service which was upstairs in the centre and open for just 15 hours a week.

Round up

THE GUARDIAN : 24th September
Sue Charteris |Libraries are trusted spaces, but this doesn’t mean they have to stay the same

Public Libraries News : 23rd September
Editorial | Three controversial ideas – council overheads, 3D printing and LibraryPlus

Huddersfield Examiner : 24th September
Volunteers on the road to taking over Denby Dale library and building new £250,000 centre

Like all the 26 libraries in Kirklees, Denby Dale’s is under review and has funding secured only until March 31 next year.

Biddy Fisher, former President of CILIP, is quoted

The Star : 24th September
Some Sheffield libraries could go private

Evening Telegraph : 24th September
Angus library cutbacks ‘a crying shame’
Council cuts saw Angus libraries shut for almost 30% more of the time over the last 18 months.

Inside Moray : 24th September
Equalities Commissioner to consider Moray Libraries closures in October

Round up

Northern Scot : 23rd September
Equality Commission to consider Moray Council library decision

THE BOOKSELLER : 23rd September
Blackman: ‘ringfence library budgets’

Good Library Blog : 23rd September
Lincolnshire public library service

Liverpool Echo : 23rd September
Earl of Wessex opens Liverpool’s Central Library

Lancashire Evening Post : 23rd September
Campaign launched at Lancashire libraries for improved reading
Lancashire County Council is launching a new campaign to encourage school age children and their parents to use the library service.   …  The adverts will feature on billboards, buses and posters, as well as being advertised in schools and children’s centres across the county.

Local Government Chronicle : 23rd September
So what are libraries for then?
The focus is not on borrowing, but about people feeling connected – to localities, to their potential and that of their families and to help needed at key times.

Bourne Local : 23rd September
Letter | Cuts are based on incorrect figures
Apparently Thurlby Parish Council has received a reply, apologising for basing the mobile library cuts on incorrect figures.  Why has this apology not been published by Lincolnshire County Council? Has the data been corrected? Is Thurlby’s mobile service safe?

This Is South Wales : 23rd September
Councillors hope to save Briton Ferry Library from closure
“It is the oldest library in Neath Port Talbot and one of the oldest in the Wales,” he said. “This library is unique. It is an icon of the town.”

THE GUARDIAN : 22nd September
Government has failed on library closures, says children’s laureate

THE GUARDIAN : 22nd September
What libraries do for us – and me | Malorie Blackman

Horncastle News : 22nd September
Letter |Let me know your views on Lincolnshire Libraries

You Tube : 21st September
Video - Save Lincs Libraries protest March Lincoln 2013

Children’s laureate Malorie Blackman adds to criticism of Vaizey

“In August,” Malorie Blackman says today in an article published in the Guardian, “when there was a danger of Jane Austen’s ring leaving the country, the culture minister Ed Vaizey was quick to intervene with a temporary export bar as the ring is deemed to be a “national treasure” that should be “saved for the nation”. I would argue that our public libraries are just as much of a national treasure as Jane Austen’s ring and yet I have seen no such outrage from Vaizey at their closure.”

This adds to Cilip’s vote of no confidence in Culture Minister Ed Vaizey yesterday.

The response of the Ministry? “A spokesman for the department for culture, media and sport said that library funding was a matter to decide for local authorities, that are best placed to determine local need.”

That sums up this government and its ministers’ appalling conduct of the public library service. Abdication, abdication, abdication.

THE BOOKSELLER : 23rd September
Blackman: ‘ringfence library budgets’

Round up

THE BOOKSELLER : 21st September
CILIP rejects name change and has no confidence in Vaizey

Ludlow Advertiser : 21st September
Author (Deborah Moggach) joins Herefordshire’s libraries campaign

This Is Lincolnshire : 21st September
Save Lincolnshire Libraries protest march, Lincoln
a great gallery of photographs 

Lincolnshire Echo : 21st September
Librarian makes 200-mile round trip to support Lincoln protest
“I came because this is the first big march and protest about the threat to library services that I have come across in my long career,” he said.  “And I believe that the turnout of hundreds of people of all ages and backgrounds shows the depth of feeling for libraries in Lincolnshire.”

ITV News : 21st September
Library campaigners march through Lincoln

BBC News : 21st September
Lincolnshire County Council’s library cut plans: Protest march

Boston Standard : 20th September
Library campaigners to march through Lincoln to oppose cuts
” …not just for fun but to also represent the 32,500 children in Lincolnshire who will be without a statutory library nearby if the cuts go ahead.”

Daily Record : 20th September
Libraries, games halls and community centres could all be closed in East Ayrshire

Motherwell Times : 21st September
Scotland | Booking in to launch reading campaign

Free Press Series : 20th September
Training opportunities at Cwmbran library
The CLOCH project is targeting men aged under 30, as it seeks to enable young men to gain experience in occupational sectors where they are under-represented.

CILIP passes no confidence vote in Culture Minister Ed Vaizey

CILIP, the professional librarians’ body, has passed a no confidence motion in Culture Minister Ed Vaizey at its Annual General Meeting. This is a significant blow to the embattled Minister’s credibility:

THE BOOKSELLER : 21st September
CILIP rejects name change and has no confidence in Vaizey

Round up

Voices for the Library : 20th September
No confidence in Ed Vaizey

CILIPS Council : 20th September
Cuts to Moray Libraries – Open Letter from CILIPS Council
CILIP in Scotland is the professional body for library and information professionals.

The Scotsman : 20th September
Campaign group formed to save Moray’s libraries 
“This is an issue that affects everyone in Moray – in fact we are convinced that it will affect every community in Scotland as other local authorities seek to break away from their responsibilities in providing library services. Already we are learning that East Ayrshire may be facing the closure of eight libraries.”

Northern Scot : 20th September
Moray | Leader stands by library decision

THE BOOKSELLER : 20th September
Sheffield libraries could become wine bars

The Star : 20th September
Letter | Demand the first-class library service we deserve

London Evening Standard : 20th September
‘Faked’ emails support flats plan for library

Don’t Privatise Libraries : 20th September
A ‘clearly expressed vision’ for London Libraries? 

Lincolnshire Echo : 20th September
Broadcaster Melvyn Bragg voices support for Lincolnshire libraries

Skegness Standard : 19th September
Spilsby community rejects alternative library proposals

This Is Scunthorpe : 20th September
Council refuses to scrap library closure plans
Labour members of the authority were defeated by a close vote when they called for the council’s executive committee to scrap the current proposals.

You Tube : 19th September
Herefordshire | Save Our Libraries & Museums Campaign – D Day

Round up

THE BOOKSELLER : 19th September
‘No confidence’ Vaizey vote this Saturday

Alan Gibbons Diary : 19th September
No confidence motion in Ed Vaizey
Alan’s opinion piece

Ledbury Reporter : 19th September
Live blog: Updates from today’s Herefordshire Council cabinet meeting

Hereford Times : 19th September
Herefordshire libraries on ‘borrowed time’ – cabinet meeting today
Cabinet will be warned that the savings proposed are just the start and even these open up the likelihood of legal challenges.

Ledbury Reporter : 19th September
Herefordshire | Alternative to planned cuts to cultural services made hours before crucial meeting

Public Libraries News : 18th September
Editorial | “Volunteer grooming”: From opposition to proposition

Sheffield Telegraph : 19th September
Community lifeline hope for libraries
The council is starting negotiations to assess the potential models of operation and their viability.

The Star : 19th September
Author calls Sheffield library cuts a ‘tragedy’
“there are so many things libraries do which probably aren’t on people’s radars as much as they could be.”

The Star : 19th September
Sheffield | Take Two with Colin Drury
Maybe Libraries should shut
Norwich Evening News : 19th September
Revealed: Social care, mobile libraries, bus subsidies and school crossing patrols at risk as Norfolk
County Council looks to make £140m of cuts
Reducing how often mobile libraries call at some places and cutting staff in branch libraries to save £400,000.

Exeter Express & Echo : 18th September
Council outlines changes planned for Exeter libraries
“We are investing a huge amount of money in transforming Exeter Central Library into a new multi-million pound resource for information, learning and culture at the very heart of the city, so it makes sense that we consider what impact this change will have on the other libraries within the city, and how we deliver library services in Exeter in the future.”

Evesham Observer : 19th September
Community group to manage (Broadway) library
The meeting later this month will be held to set the wheels in motion to form a community group to manage the library. The library will continue to be run by skilled and experienced paid staff as part of a Worcestershire County Council service.

BBC News : 18th September
Free wi-fi set up at Northamptonshire libraries
The service is available to members of the public, whether or not they are library members.