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  • For the first time since 23 March, public library buildings are open for business
    by Ian Anstice on July 5, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    Looking for the latest information on libraries reopening in the UK? Click here. Editorial For the first time since March 23rd there are public libraries open again in England. It’s been a surreal few months and there was a lot of worry about getting the buildings open again properly but first indications from around the…

  • Fewer than one-fifth of English services announce reopening plans so far … and Leeds bow to the mob over drag queens
    by Ian Anstice on June 28, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    If you want news on what your public library service is planning for reopening, please click here. Editorial As of writing this, and after a couple of months of warning, fewer than one-fifth (only 28 out of 150) English library services have announced their reopening plans from Saturday, 4 July. Almost all of the plans…

  • Bad news comes in threes: Vivacity, Leeds and Bertrams
    by Ian Anstice on June 21, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    For a guide on when public libraries in the UK are reopening, and the current situation, see this page. For a guide on how libraries around the world are coping with the crisis, and the various health and safety precautions that are being used, see this page. Editorial Well, the consequences of shutting down libraries…

  • Preparations and the public
    by Ian Anstice on June 14, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    For a guide on when public libraries in the UK are reopening, and the current situation, see this page. For a guide on how libraries around the world are coping with the crisis, and the various health and safety precautions that are being used, see this page. Editorial Up and down the country, staff are…

  • Visions for the future: recovery guidelines, SRC, renewal taskforce and Black Lives Matter
    by Ian Anstice on June 7, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    For a guide on when public libraries in the UK are reopening, and the current situation, see this page. For a guide on how libraries around the world are coping with the crisis, and the various health and safety precautions that are being used, see this page. Editorial A lot of news this week to…

  • Being thankful for having to wait until 4 July
    by Ian Anstice on May 31, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Editorial The governmental advice on responding to Coronavirus is changing rapidly, as is to some extent the scientific evidence and – certainly – my understanding of what is going on. Much of the science I have seen lately – contrary to what I was seeing at the start – says that, while the virus can…

  • What does “open” mean under the Cummings Government?
    by Ian Anstice on May 25, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    Editorial The big question about the reopening of public libraries in England under the Cummings Government isn’t when it is legal to do so – currently 4 July – but rather what “open” means and what will happen if the rules are broken. After all, Westminster Libraries have been happily providing library computer access for…

  • A slow safe move towards normality, whatever that means
    by Ian Anstice on May 17, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Editorial The thoughts of many in the library sector this week are with how to safely reopen libraries while Coronavirus is still endemic and killing hundreds each day. It’s not easy but the clear tone of everything I am hearing and seeing is that it’s safety first. No-one is rushing gung-ho into endangering staff and…

  • Don’t mess it up now: Libraries may reopen during the pandemic
    by Ian Anstice on May 10, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Editorial I attended, virtually, of course, the “Libraries after Covid” digital “thinkin” last week, organised by Tortoise in partnership with Libraries Connected. The session was well-attended, with over 400 apparently watching, but it was a bit derailed as it was already evident that the Government was keen on opening up the country before the lethal…

  • Looking forward
    by Ian Anstice on May 3, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    This emergency will end sooner or later and, when it does, public libraries better be ready. This is both in terms of safety – we don’t want to infect anyone – and in terms of adjusting to the changes in society over the last few months. One imagines there will be a huge demand for…


Libraries Taskforce – newsfeed from this  gov.uk resource to keep you regularly updated…

  • Our Phased Approach to Re-opening GWL

    Since the closure of the GWL building on 19th March due to Covid-19, all GWL Staff Team members have been working from home to rethink and reshape our events […]

  • Annie’s Board Blog

    Our newest member of the Board of Directors, Annie Webster, shares her journey of learning and discovery from first time visitor to volunteer, and how that led […]

  • NMRD Object of the Month: Roller Derby Bout Programme

    In response to the increasing brutality of the sport, players wear helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards to help minimise injury. Players show off […]

  • Our July Book Picnic recommendations

    Take a peek below at this month’s recommendations. I hope you find something that sparks your curiosity!

  • Women Making History locally and globally

    We asked you to tell us about the landmarks celebrating women near you and you rose to the challenge. So here are some of the women we've been introduced to […]

  • The #MeToo Movement: Consciousness Raising

    Consciousness-raising became popularised in the late 1960s and early 1970s during the second wave of feminism. According to bell hooks (2000), women would form […]

  • An Introduction to my Research on the #MeToo Movement

    I have recently completed my final year at university which has been a rather strange experience. I never thought I would be completing my honours degree in […]

  • Our team recommends this month…

    Check out some recommended reads from our staff and volunteers. Fiction and non fiction; newly published and not so recently published; transporting us to […]

  • Home E-Zine

    We’re thrilled to share Home an online e-zine made by Glasgow Women’s Library’s Spring Create and Connect Group, 2020.

  • Life in Taiwan during the pandemic

    A first hand account of what life is like for a young woman living in Taiwan during the pandemic.


Cambridge University Library News – regularly updated, diverse bibliographical musings…


The Daring Librarian…

  • MHMS Metropolitan Newspaper COL Edition – Issue 6

    Our #MHMSMetro student run & #GTSeminar newspaper is available for download! Here is the latest issue! DOWNLOAD PDF: COL Issue […]

  • #MHTVNews: A Virtual TV Show for Teens by Teens

    Hey Mountain Lions! Enjoy the latest MHTV-COL News Show written, filmed, produced, edited and created by our talented #MHTVNews Producers & […]

  • Summer Reading 2020

    It’s Summer Reading Time! Here’s the Howard County Middle School Summer Reading List!   Download the PDF and look for these titles! Middle […]

  • NEW MHTV News & Metro Newspaper

    Our wonderful kids have been working hard on their journalism assignments! How you doin, Mountain Lions?! Enjoy Episode 2 of our #MHTVNews-COL News Show […]

  • Unlocking the Secret to 100+ FREE eBooks & Audiobooks

    Hey Mountain Lions! If you missed my presentation last week – here’s the info I shared about the secret way to unlock, filter, and find 100 […]

  • Extra, Extra! MHMS Metropolitan Newspaper: Issue 4

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

  • 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 […]


National Library of Australia…

  • Research skills are life skills

    Libraries and librarians have always had the role of providing access to information and helping people to navigate complex landscapes to ‘find things […]

  • eResources for Women’s Studies

    Women's studies, at its heart, put women’s lives and experiences at the centre of study which examines a wide range of social issues: issues and […]

  • Pride Month at the National Library

    For many years, June has been recognised as Pride Month. It is a time to both commemorate and celebrate the journey of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, […]

  • Australian World Heritage

    Try to imagine south-western Victoria, near present day Lake Condah, west of MacArthur, some 30,000 years ago. The Gunditjmara people living there experienced […]

  • Walking a Mile

    Australians all let us rejoice, for we are young and freeShare: Facebook Twitter 

  • Sir John Monash

    To many of us the name Monash conjures up associations with World War I, or maybe Monash University, but there was so much more to Sir John Monash – […]

  • Exploring Antarctica with the National Library

    Australia’s proximity to Antarctica means that its features and history are well recorded within the National Library, Canberra. In photographs, maps, […]

  • Regional Newspapers

    On Saturday 16 June, 1860, a notice was published in The Sydney Morning Herald:Share: Facebook Twitter 

  • Unleash your creativity

    It’s Library and Information Week! The theme for 2020 is “Create” and with everyone spending more time at home, […]

  • Creative inspiration for days

    Being a creative can be a tough calling these days, there is so much competition and yet from a young age you are told to follow your dreams and passions. When […]


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