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The fall and rise of subscription libraries

“In the days before public libraries, people paid for the privilege of borrowing books. But with council-run libraries experiencing a decline in users and many closing, those that require membership are seeing their numbers rise. So what exactly is the draw of the subscription library?” (via BBC News)

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Carnegie UK Trust announces £60k sponsorship of prestigious children’s book awards

“The Carnegie UK Trust has today announced its commitment to provide £60,000 over the next five years to support the UK’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards, the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards.The awards, which are run by the Charted Institute of Library and Information (CILIP), are also the only children’s book awards in the UK that are judged by librarians.The two prestigious awards presented each year are the CILIP Carnegie Medaland theCILIP Kate Greenaway Medal.” (via CILIP)

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British Librarians Are Suing Government Over Library Closings

“The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (Cilip) has launched a new campaign to push the UK government to think twice before shutting down libraries and to take better care of those that remain. The My Library By Right effort aims to champion “the public’s right to libraries” by leaning on a 1964 British law, the Public Libraries and Museums Act, to provide quality public library services to citizens across the country.” (via adweek)

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Call to move libraries into 21st century sparks ebook lending review

“The government is preparing to announce a review into ebook lending following calls from the opposition to move libraries “into the 21st century”. Although some of the UKs library authorities do offer ebook lending, many do not, and many publishers have been wary of making their digital titles available for lending, meaning the range of ebooks in libraries is often restricted.With potential solutions ranging from the suggestion from Justin Tomlinson, MP for North Swindon and chair of the all-party parliamentary committee on libraries, that “a small charge for an ebook should be applicable, with the money shared between the publishers and the physical community library”, to HarperCollins controversial move to restrict loans to 26 per ebook, a Department for Culture, Media and Sport DCMS spokesman has said the culture minister, Ed Vaizey, will soon announce an independent review into ebook lending.”

via Guardian

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Dancing in the Cern library – lets get physical

“In the hushed library of Cerns headquarters on the Swiss-French border, a dancer, moving slowly and nimbly, climbs up to the top of a bookshelf and then hangs off it. Elsewhere another dancer, also dressed in everyday clothes, soundlessly crawls under the chair of an unsuspecting physicist who is having a quiet read, while a third lies stretched across a table, idly examining books on quantum theory.This is Strangels, a work by Geneva-based choreographer Gilles Jobin, who has just begun a three-month arts residency at Cern, home to the Large Hadron Collider; earlier this month, its scientists shook the world with their discovery of the Higgs Boson particle.”

via The Guardian

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