This week’s Cilip bulletin included a couple of links to articles on the reinvention of public libraries. According to the Evening Standard, 130 London libraries are at risk of closure due to funding cuts; writers Charlie Higson, Benjamin Zephaniah and Will Self have added their voices to the campaign to save them.
The Standard also reported on Upper Norwood library, which is funded jointly by Croydon and Lambeth councils but since its foundation in 1899 has been run by an independent committee, which drastically reduces running costs by cutting red tape.
On a lighter note, the bulletin also included a link to this Flickr page of 1960s library posters from Enokson. They’d look great on mugs or tea towels – one way of funding libraries once the budget cuts are in force?
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