Monthly Archives: December 2015

Librarians Take to the Streets

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Residents in Lambeth, London, protest against library closures. Photograph: David Rowe/Demotix/Corbis

As Alison Flood reports in her recent article in The Guardian, “Shaking off their traditional reputation as lovers of peace and quiet, librarians are preparing to take a loud battle for Britain’s libraries to the door of the culture secretary.”

She reports that the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (Cilip) is challenging the government over its “failure to carry out their legal duty to the public” and keep branches open using the 1964 Public Libraries and Museums Act (stating that the public has a statutory right to a quality public library service.)

“We’ve had enough. We’ve marked our line in the sand here. The government is behaving as if it doesn’t have a duty of care and they do, under the law. We think it’s time to be clear about what that means,” said Nick Poole, the chief executive of Cilip.  More than 100 library branches were shut last year, and further branches up and down the UK face closure.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/dec/17/librarians-take-legal-fight-against-library-closures-to-government?CMP=share_btn_fb

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/dec/17/library-closures-campaigns-fights-cuts-uk

 

 

Russia, free librarian Natalya Sharina

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Natalya Sharina, director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow, was arrested in October after police raided her workplace and home looking for ‘extremist literature’.

After they allegedly found work by a banned writer, Natalya was forced to spend two nights in a prison cell and now faces up to five years in jail – simply for exercising her right to freedom of expression.

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from Amnesty International

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https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/russia-free-librarian-natalya-sharina?utm_source=FBPAGE&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=20151215173100&utm_campaign=Freedom_of_expression