Goodbye Tri-borough, but there’s a way different parties are still combining library services
28 March 2017 | 8:20 pm

Editorial I’ve seen many people argue for the combining of library services across council boundaries in order to save money.  And, indeed, 151 library services just for England does seem a tad excessive. The Tri-borough (*deep breath*: Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster) has been held up as a great example of how…

Philanthropy, Neil Gaiman and the rest of the library news
26 March 2017 | 7:38 pm

Editorial I was interested to see the news from Birmingham today that the trust intended to seek philanthropic donations is being closed down. Turns out it’s costing more money that it was taking in, mainly because people are wary of simply paying for something cut by the council. It caught my eye especially as there…

And the prizewinners are: ACE innovation funding announced
23 March 2017 | 7:38 pm

Editorial The library innovation funding has been awarded and announced.  It gives an idea of what libraries themselves consider innnovative and also what ACE is interested in funding. While there is a pleasing variety of grants given, none are entirely new ideas to me (with ideas mainly being copied from the USA), although some are probable…

A wondrous thing to behold: the simple reason for public libraries everywhere
21 March 2017 | 9:00 pm

Editorial I was asked a few questions recently about the role of public libraries: I thought I’d share with you some of my response: The purpose of the public library has not changed since their inception. It is to provide equality of access to information. In the past, this has been almost entirely in physical forms and…


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