Love Libraries, Love Reading
13 February 2018 | 8:22 pm

Editorial It’s Valentines Day time and love is in the air. Included below is a short interview with Shirley Everall who was given the award a while ago for promoting Romances. It’s a section that gets some attention this time of year but remember, Romance is a section for all the year around, not just…

Unsettling: a new Chief Exec for the Libraries Taskforce
11 February 2018 | 5:14 pm

Editorial Kathy Settle has left the Taskforce. In the process, I believe, meaning the team is cut down to just four to cope with what ‘s needed, including a new libraries minister. During her time, the Taskforce has done a ton of meetings, seminars and tried – without any formal powers – to pull together an…

It’s not all fine: Trafford remove all late fees from 1st April
7 February 2018 | 8:41 pm

Editorial Trafford has shocked the UK public library world by announcing that they will be removing all library fines from 1st April. The reasons put forward for that by councillors is that fines are off-putting for customers, no fines will increase usage (and indeed will increase returns as people know they won’t get fined if they’re late)…

Bring on the authors
6 February 2018 | 7:45 pm

Editorial It’s a strange thing about Arts Council England. I’ve seen pretty much everyone else nationally and locally being criticised over the years for their stance on public libraries but almost nothing about ACE. The reason I suspect is they’re a bit out of context and also a bit like, well, Father Christmas, albeit one with…


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