Speak up for Libraries conference – a report back

A report back from Lynn Gregory, Chairperson of FoLoB This years conference was fully booked weeks ago testimony to the continuing attacks on the Library Service by central government with their continuing Austerity policies. There was a good range of areas represented. In my workshop alone there were librarians from Chester,  Sussex, Loughborough, Portsmouth, Norfolk,…

Fighting for the future of West Heath Library

Before the 2012 local elections, the capital (£545,000) to replace the ageing West Heath library had been allocated by the coalition administration. But after taking power, the new Labour Council froze capital spending (in December 2012) and the new one was consequently not built. A few months later the capital spending was unfrozen by the…

Library of Birmingham financial black hole

The new Library of Birmingham is facing short term financial difficulties and the prospect of budget cuts in 2015-16. A report to the Council’s Cabinet October meeting identified a funding shortfall of £700k by the end of this financial year. The LoB Development Trust is failing to meet its target for raising funds for charitable…