Long Live Libraries: Some Reading

LONG LIVE LIBRARIESAhead of our event Long Live Libraries with Val McDermid and Orkney Library’s Stewart Bain, we wanted to give you some reading to be prepared (it’s not like homework, honestly).

Between people speaking out about their love of libraries, to discussions on the possibilities and roles of them, to hard statistics, we’ve got you covered. Remember, our entire festival is online and free, so join us at 1pm on Sunday June 26th on Twitter to follow and take part in the conversation.

CILIP: Latest public library figures reveal  alarming depth of UK-wide library losses
“On the release of the annual CIPFA UK Public Library Statistics, CILIP has repeated warnings that the value to communities and the economy delivered by the public library network is being systematically destabilized, as five years of severe funding cuts have wrought deep and lasting damage to libraries, and the vital services they provide to the public across the country.” Read more…

Voices for the  Library: 10 things you need to know about library closures/campaigns
“There’s an awful lot of information floating around about library campaigns and closures, and we know not everyone has the time to get to grips with it all!  Here’s our quick intro to the current UK public library situation – in a 2 minute and a 10 minute version, to suit busy lifestyles.” Read more…

The Guardian: Val McDermid and Ian Rankin join attack on swingeing library cuts
“Fife’s decision to close 16 of its libraries has been attacked by high-profile Scottish authors including Ian Rankin and Val McDermid, as well as by a group of Scottish National Party MPs.” Read more…

HeatherWrites: #lbf16: No To Library Closures
“In one of the lengthier titles of the Fair, No To Library Closures: The Benefits of a Public Library in the UK and Beyond; is the Library an Unaffordable Luxury in the Digital Age? put the library crisis under the spotlight. Funding is down, but the importance is up. In the last six years, over 300 libraries have been shut and over 8,000 jobs gone. This year, 111 further closures are scheduled. All raise their hands in agreement that libraries should be kept. But the real question is: why?” Read more…

The Bookseller: Stephen Fry: ‘Libraries save lives’
“Actor and writer Stephen Fry has decried the deteriorating state of the public library service, saying that libraries need to be protected as they “save lives”.” Read more…

The Safe House: A documentary on the decline of UK libraries (trailer)
This looks like a fascinating documentary, chatting to the likes of Stephen Fry and Irvine Welsh (documented in the article linked above), so we thought we’d share the trailer too. Watch.

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  1. […] Gavin Francis on the importance of libraries A must watch. We’ve also got some reading about libraries, from statistics to more on their importance. […]

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