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  • 7 days later: public library reactions to the shutdown
    by Ian Anstice on March 29, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    Editorial What a week. In seven days that will likely remain in everyone’s memory for life, it started with chief librarians – and frontline staff – arguing vociferously for councils to shut down library services. Boris freaking Johnson then went on television and officially closed the sector for the duration. Whoa. Then everyone had to…

  • Boris Johnson closes all UK public libraries
    by Ian Anstice on March 23, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    It took too long and there was a lot of avoidable drama the last few days but the Prime Minister has finally done what is necessary, effectively closing the country except for essentials. He specifically mentioned public libraries in his speech. By that time though, 95% of library services had already decided to close. So…

  • 80%+ UK public libraries closed
    by Ian Anstice on March 22, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    Editorial There’s never been a week like this before in our lives. I count 171 library services in the UK now fully closed, with many of those remaining open running a reduced service to varying degrees of severity. There are very few left who are aiming to keep all libraries open. I estimate at least…

  • Libraries Connected calls for all public libraries to close
    by Ian Anstice on March 17, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    Please note a list of UK public library responses to the emergency can be found here. Editorial In a statement that would be have been undreamt of mere days ago, Libraries Connected is calling on the British Government to close all public libraries. The statement reads in part that “in light of the recent escalation…

  • Washing our hands? UK public libraries and Coronavirus
    by Ian Anstice on March 15, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    Editorial Well, it’s been a surreal week. The news has got worse and worse. As I write this, country after country is closing its borders. Spain is telling its citizens to stay inside and they’re using drones to do it. Austria has just announced it is banning gatherings of more than five people. Meanwhile, the…

  • Coronavirus and libraries
    by Ian Anstice on March 8, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    So, unless there’s a centenarian reading this (if so, hi there!) none of us have lived through a time similar to what we have now with Coronavirus. So far, the library response can be summed up as searching for hand gel supplies. putting up notices and waiting for government and councils to tell them what…

  • Petition damp squib, Devon theft and an inspired funny name
    by Ian Anstice on March 1, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Editorial The CILIP/Big Issue petition to boost public libraries prior to Budget Day barely managed seven thousand signatures, far fewer than the membership just of CILIP itself. There are several reasons for this including there being no huge coverage of it and, connected to this, no actual energising major crises at the moment outside of…

  • Cummings controversy and good news
    by Ian Anstice on February 23, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Editorial CILIP has got in trouble over the last few days due to an article it published on Dominic Cummings and his views on libraries. To be honest, I did not really take much note of it myself other than thinking it was a quite interesting piece on the viewpoint of a very important advisor.…

  • Co-locations
    by Ian Anstice on February 16, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    Editorial Another week of, on aggregate, good news for libraries. The biggest of these is Bradford, that has gone from wanting to, basically, strip its library service to, rather, keep it all open but with more co-locations and other services coming in. The last decade has been very much a period of co-locationing libraries with…

  • Government does not lie overly much about libraries in Lords statement
    by Ian Anstice on February 9, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    Editorial It’s no surprise when a government spokesman says how they’re big believers and funders in libraries. Any government is accomplished at massaging the truth and the person in question may even have believed it. The line about wanting libraries to “thrive” is directly out of the Ed Vaizey playbook, circa 2012, and the bias…

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The Daring Librarian…

  • Keep Calm & Read On!

    Hello, kids, parents, our community! I’m not gonna lie, it’s kinda weird out there right now but I truly believe we’re going to be OK. Things […]

  • Read Across America: Bookmark Contest

    We Have Our Winners!   From our Reading Specialist, Ms. Deb Burkey: “In celebration of Read Across America Day, The MHMS Reading and Media […]

  • Musical Bookcases

    The last couple weeks (before testing starts again!) we’ve had a LOT of fun with a new book selection activity I’m calling #MusicalBookcases.  […]

  • Extra! Extra! MHMS Metropolitan Newspaper

    Extra Extra! Get your MHMS Metro News Here! Our #MHMSMetro student run & #GTSeminar newspaper is available for download! CONTENTS: Page 1: Politics | Page […]

  • Facetime Weather

    Sometimes, you just have to wing it. Or go for it. Even if it’s a wacky idea. Like, a couple weeks ago, when our local weather person was going to be out […]

  • Club DEN: Kahoot It in Media – Updated!

    From Ms. Behrens – MHMS 7th Grade Team Leader “We are going to implement something a little different for 7th grade DEN. Once a month, students […]

  • Join MHTVNews – Live NEWS Broadcast!

    Join #MHTVNews we love having our kidds join our awesome team! Application link below! Watch our Video!Hey MHMS Kids! It’s MHTV Application Time! Pick […]

  • Welcome Back to School!

    Welcome Back Kiddos, Parents, & Families! Here’s our Media Orientation Cartoon! This is my 22nd year at MHMS! Wait, what?? Whoda thunk it!? I am SO […]

  • Summer Reading List 2019

      The Summer Reading List is Here! Where does the time fly? I can’t believe it’s that time of year again! Time to share our Summer Reading […]

  • Makerspace For Little or Nothing

    Makerspace for Little or Nothing You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to start a Makerspace area. You don’t have to have a designated room […]

National Library of Australia…

  • Masks, Soap and Courage

    Amongst the many voices that make up the National Library of Australia’s Oral History and Folklore collection are people who remember extraordinary […]

  • Three months of uninterrupted research. Heaven.

    Every year, thanks to our generous donors, the National Library is able to host a select group of researchers through the National Library of Australia […]

  • Luna Park - Just for Fun

    Sydney’s Luna Park, nestled beside the Sydney Harbour Bridge and with Harbour frontage, has a special place in the hearts of Australians. This Penny […]

  • Publishing a book in 1784

    When I've seen manuscripts of famous books, I’ve thought about the process between that handwritten draft and the paperback I own. I've wondered about […]

  • A melancholy loss

    On this day, 19 March 1790 – 230 years ago – HMS Sirius was wrecked on a reef just off Norfolk Island, a ‘melancholy loss’ indeed for […]

  • Canberra Day

    When I moved to Canberra from Perth in 2014, I lost my public holiday long weekend for my birthday on March 1st. I did discover Canberra has a March […]

  • Australia’s Dreams – Enlighten 2020 at the NLA

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this presentation contains the names, voices and images of deceased people. Share: […]

  • Writing your family history

    A history of the Higges, or Higgs family of South Stoke, in the county of Oxford and of Thatcham, in the county of Berks and their descendants is one of those […]

  • Intriguing Journeys: Maps of Evan Richard Stanley

    As a volunteer with the National Library of Australia, you never know what tasks you might get involved in: sorting century-old photographs, wrestling monster […]

  • The Catch

    I couldn’t have been further away from the water: sitting at a desk in the National Library of Australia Reading Room, my lap-top was humming and I was […]

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