February 05, 2013

What’s happening to your library?

Government Response to the Report of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on Library Closures – The main thrust of the response is that libraries are “not a service in crisis” and that it is highly unlikely that the Government will intervene in particular local authorities. Rather, it sees its role as limited to providing guidance and best practice.

On the Government Library Closures Inquiry - Response by Phil Bradley, president of CILIP, the official librarian’s body, notes the complacency of the report at a time when “library closures reaching almost one per working day according to our figures, with a similar dramatic reduction in staff numbers.”

Saturday 9 February 2013 is National Libraries Day, a culmination of a week’s worth of celebrations in school, college, university, workplace and public libraries across the UK. Join in by visiting a local event or tweeting with the #NLD13 hashtag.

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