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    posted 7 Jun 2012 08:48 by Friern Barnet
    Dear all,

    An update for those of you in England on the Arts Council consultation process. The main presentations made at their recent ‘envisioning the library of the future’ workshop sessions is now available online here and next week their Chair Dame Liz Forgan will be taking part in an online chat. To find out more and to submit a question, click here. In the meantime we are still waiting for the UNISON piece to be posted as part of the series of guest blogs……..watch this space for that appearing soon.

    Kensal Rise reprieve?
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/jun/02/kensal-rise-library-council-proposal
    Many of you will have been following the recent controversy at Kensal Rise Library, which was stripped of its stock and blue plaques during an overnight operation overseen by the Police, presumably to avoid confrontation with protestors. Outcry ensued and many campaigners called on Dan Jarvis MP to intervene in the situation at Labour-run Brent Council, and late last week a statement was issued. The Leader of the Council Mohammed Butt has agreed to talk with campaigners and work with them over their proposal to run it ‘at no ongoing cost to the local authority’.

    Surrey plans not about savings
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-18255634
    Surrey County Council, who lost a legal challenge over their plans to use volunteer run services earlier in the year have now stated that their plans to use volunteers to run 10 of their branch libraries was ‘not about making savings’.

    Lammy on libraries
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/hay-festival/9303168/Hay-Festival-2012-Life-Changing-Literature-David-Lammy.html
    And finally, Labour MP David Lammy has penned a piece on the importance of libraries to tie in with the Hay festival. ‘When it comes to books you could say that we’re living in a paradox of choice. Yes, books are cheaper and more readily available than ever; but libraries are being closed and serious thinking is being crowded out by excessive materialism. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the protected calm space of a well-tended local library. Libraries are the universities of the masses and we lose them at our peril’.


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