Unbothered petition response, CIPFA as an active barrier to library data, and Newcastle woes
11 November 2018 | 3:21 pm

Editorial A few things this week, led by the Governments unbothered response to the libraries petition. In a standard cut-and-paste response, the reply is that everything is fine, the Government is putting loads of money in and that funding is, anyway, a local matter. Everyone knows the first two are – shall we say? – not entirely accurate and…

Cardifficulty
4 November 2018 | 9:36 pm

Editorial Sad news from Cardiff, as it has become apparent the council is severely cutting the library service by stealth, cutting many paid and experienced library staff under the guise of a reorganisation. Time has shown that this is the easiest way to gut a public library service without having significant public protest. A closed…

Petition hits over 24,600: tell a friend
31 October 2018 | 8:13 pm

Editorial It’s great to see the petition to safeguard libraries for funding reaching (at time of posting) 24,582 signatures. This is already making an impact, with it being used in evidence when CILIP and others met with the libraries minister and others yesterday. I’d forgotten but there was another one back in 2012 and that,…

Libraries petition hits 15,000, helping to influence government
29 October 2018 | 12:12 pm

Editorial It’s been great over the weekend to see the outpouring of support for public libraries for the “Protect library services by ringfencing government funding for libraries” petition. On Thursday, it looked like the petition would not reach 8,000 but due to the support of many people commenting on how important libraries are and retweeting, it hit…


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