Putting books on the streets, not soldiers
24 May 2017 | 8:58 pm

Editorial I live close enough to Manchester that I know of, at one remove, several people who were at the concert. I’ve been at the venue myself a few times. The first thing that struck me was that the so badly misled man that killed so many children and others, would have seen them and…

Well, at least the Lib Dems mention libraries
21 May 2017 | 9:03 pm

Editorial The manifestos of the three main English political parties have now been published and it’s clear who’s the winner when it comes to at least mentioning public libraries. The Labour Party are at least aware of some of the issues around libraries, offering a return to Library Standards and money for IT. The Liberal…

Labour Manifesto on libraries and questions over volunteer libraries
17 May 2017 | 8:55 am

Editorial The Labour Manifesto has been released, and with it some indication of what that party sees as key for public libraries. The key thing is that they will cease the reduction in council budgets generally that has caused such grief to the sector. The second is that they will reintroduce Library Standards. They also talk…

The key to staffless provision is, apparently, keys.
14 May 2017 | 6:25 pm

Editorial A few threads today. We have both viewpoints on volunteer libraries from Sheffield, where there is both a glowing report on how the community is rallying around and a damning letter pointing out the cut to paid staffing is less than half the continued subsidy to the volunteers. There is also mention – the first I’ve…


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