Goodbye Libraries Taskforce, huge cuts to Bradford and Coventry, good news elsewhere
16 January 2019 | 8:35 pm

Editorial So, effectively, it’s goodbye to the Libraries Taskforce, whose duties are now formally part of Arts Council England for a year until it, presumably, disappears forever. The Taskforce did some good work in highlighting the importance of public libraries to central government departments, although with questionable impact and depth, arranged training and was a…

Not quite all quiet
13 January 2019 | 7:40 pm

Editorial A relatively quiet few days, thankfully, although with rumblings from the current library battlegrounds of Ealing, Essex and Worcestershire. The key piece of news for me is one I missed when it happened: Kirkless joined the increasing trend towards going fine-free at the end of December. There are now eight services in the UK I…

Hurting Ealing and £120k for the Reading Agency
9 January 2019 | 8:01 pm

Editorial Sorry to see that Ealing are discussing dramatic cuts from the current £2.2m down to, and I can’t believe I’m reading this right but I’ve checked , £566k in 2022. My goodness. Hopefully, the final cut will be better than the libraryageddon that those figures imply. On the other end of the scale, the Reading Agency…

A fine-free future, Essex and the New Years Honours
6 January 2019 | 3:58 pm

Editorial I hope you all enjoyed the Christmas / New Years break. I certainly did. The main thing in the library news since way back on 16th December when the last news update was done has been the continued protests in Essex against the deep cuts there. The New Years Honours seemed to concentrate more…


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