A “New Radical” library service, more no fines, and some sad news
16 September 2018 | 6:06 pm

Editorial Libraries Unlimited, although not untouched by controversy, is having a rather food year. It has taken over neighbouring library service Torbay, claims 60,000 new members and is now being held up as a model for others to follow. Other news includes the now normal smattering of staff cuts, new volunteer libraries, reviews, co-locations and, more…

In praise of Chris Riddell and Neil Gaiman
9 September 2018 | 6:35 pm

Editorial There’s been a few things which have been brilliant in the last ten years of public libraries. The Orkney Library Twitter account (and their wannabe rivals Shetland) is one. The Summer Read Challenge as well The brilliant art of Chris Riddell and words of Neil Gaiman have been another. They’ve both been resolutely pro…

Crowning achievement
5 September 2018 | 6:38 pm

Editorial The big news, especially for those who have been following the drama these last two years, is the announcement that Crown Street Library in Darlington will stay open. This simply would not have happened without the strong public response to the new, the campaigning and protest and, indeed, the legal challenge. The real challenge, though,…

Themes of fewer fines, US ideology, co-locations and the increasingly obvious failure of CIPFA
2 September 2018 | 6:56 pm

Editorial Public Libraries News is back, due to PlusNet slightly messing up a change in internet provider, from a longer than expected Summer break. There are a few main themes over the last few weeks. The first is that there is a continuing move away from charging fines, especially in the USA, that can only be applauded.…


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