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  • 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…

  • ACE strategy, Instagram and Bromley
    by Ian Anstice on February 2, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    Editorial It’s good to see Arts Council England emphasising public libraries in its new strategy. As the major “extra” funder of the sector, its influence has been felt over the last decade too often in the form of promising but, ultimately, quickly forgotten one-offs and innumerable small theatre shows. Recently this has changed with longer…

  • Dependent on volunteers
    by Ian Anstice on January 19, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Editorial A few of the items this week show how dependent some public library services are on volunteers. North Yorkshire says “acknowledges that without the support of more than 2,000 volunteers and others the service as it exists today would not be possible.”, Oxfordshire open a new branch but say that they will need volunteers…

  • Bad omen? Major cuts in Hampshire
    by Ian Anstice on January 12, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Editorial So the first battle announced in the ongoing war on public libraries is in Hampshire, with 10 out of 48 are under threat plus threats to opening hours and to the pre-existing volunteer libraries there. Local authors and residents have been quick to protest while the local, mainly Conservative, politicians acquiesce and the council…

  • Public libraries in 2019
    by Ian Anstice on January 5, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Editorial The turn of the year is a good time to review what has been going on, not least because I get a few days off. The following does not pretend to be comprehensive and will doubtless miss out on many important trends – if I included everything, it would be too long and no-one…

  • A record-breaking honours list for librarians?
    by Ian Anstice on December 28, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Well, I was going to do a review of the year this post but that will have to wait as it’s just so great to see so many people connected with public libraries receiving a mention in the New Year’s Honours List. All in all, I count fifteen such people – all mentioned below, don’t…

  • Looking forward to 2024
    by Ian Anstice on December 15, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Editorial So, Mr Johnson and the Conservatives have won a fourth term in office and will likely, gosh, be the government until May 2024. Putting aside Boris’s unlikely promise of investing in libraries even if his two conditions for it are met – the economy is booming and Brexit has happened – what does the…

  • It’s been a bumpy ride since 2010 and it looks like it will continue
    by Ian Anstice on December 8, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Editorial The timing of the CIPFA figures for libraries is normally embarrassing for something supposedly from the information sector. The figures are published, in this age of instant communication, a full eight months after the period they cover and have a hight cost attached, despite councils giving their information for free. However, the timing this…

  • Boris loves libraries and wants to invest in them. But there’s a couple of things he wants to do first …
    by Ian Anstice on December 1, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Editorial I was out this morning helping my wife clear up after the local Christmas parade. Feeling a bit tired after both this and playing a certain festive gentlemen the day before (205 children seen in 270 minutes – a new personal best), I got home to see someone had tweeted me that Andrew Marr…


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


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

  • Whose side are you on?

    There was a new arrival in the Music Department at the UL, this week: a copy of Carl Wilhelm’s famous song, Wacht am Rhein, translated here, by Henry […]

  • The Prado Museum, a 200-year story

    Last November 19, the museum celebrated the 200 year anniversary of its opening. The University Library regularly receives Spanish art catalogues – […]

  • Nature metabolism

    New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : NATURE METABOLISM     From the  website for the journal website: “Nature Metabolism publishes work from […]

  • OA Helper

    Reposted from the CORE blog The CORE Team is happy to inform you that  Claus Wolf, with CORE’s support, has developed the OA Helper – […]

  • Be prepared: The 2020 Stanton lectures

      Professor John E. Hare The 2020 Stanton lectures will be delivered by John E. Hare, Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology, Yale Divinity […]


The Daring Librarian…

  • 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 […]

  • 8th Grade Civil War History Links

    [Detail] The Child’s Anti-Slavery Book Resources for 8th Grade Social Studies: American Slavery Underground Railroad Virtual Field Trips You are a […]


National Library of Australia…

  • Be prepared!

    Every month the reading rooms here at the National Library of Australia are visited by thousands of people wishing to access our collections and […]

  • An NLA love story - chapter and verses

    The National Library of Australia’s greatest treasure is its staff – although a slightly waterlogged journal written in the hand of one […]

  • Sarah Stone's birds

      One morning late last year, five extraordinary watercolour paintings of Australian birds were hung in the Library's Treasures Gallery. They were […]

  • A Life in Ten Acquisitions

      Rex Nan Kivell's need for a grand narrative to describe his life and obessive collecting was unquenchable. His collecting stories and engaging, though, […]

  • Ethel Turner’s Seven Little Australians

    ‘Before you fairly start this story I should like to give you just a word of warning... Not one of the seven is really good, for the very excellent […]

  • The World of Zines

    Have you spent any time in the world of zines? You could be a zine-maker and not even know it.Share: Facebook Twitter 

  • Summer of Stories: Unique to Australia

    When asked to choose my favourite books from the collection of children’s literature on display in the Story Time: Australian Children’s […]

  • Summer of Stories: A Spoonful of Magic

    Mary PoppinsShare: Facebook Twitter 

  • Map Highlights at the NLA

    The Maps team has come together to give you their top picks of the National Library’s Map collection. Here you’ll find a sweep of what the National […]

  • Summer of Stories: Childhood Revisited

    As an avid reader, and editor of Story Time: Australian Children's Literature's companion publication Story Time Stars: Favourite Characters from […]


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