By James Carson Anyone doubting the capacity of libraries to stir up strong feelings need look no further than the debate concerning volunteers in public libraries. In 2011, when the leader of Oxfordshire County Council called for increases in the use of volunteers in public libraries, the author Philip Pullman was quick to respond:
‘Does he think the job of a librarian is so simple, so empty of content that anyone can step up and do it for a thank-you and a cup of tea?’
Like an old photo album dragged down from the attic to be passed around at a family reunion, old pictures from the past are being made public by Greenwich Library as part of the town’s 375th anniversary celebration.
A well-established publishing ecosystem made up of authors, publishers, booksellers and libraries has been grappling with how to stay in balance amid the growing popularity of e-books. Where libraries are concerned, publishers hold all the cards.
Campaigners held heartening messages outside a council meeting in a bid to save a Cardiff library. Members of the Save Roath Library group waited outside Cardiff’s City Hall on Thursday as a meeting of Cardiff council’s Cabinet was held inside.
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