Monthly Archives: January 2014

Shared reading in north Wales

Social reading is becoming more popular, with people either joining local reading groups, discussing books on review sites like Goodreads, or even joining virtual book clubs like the Twitter book club run by Neath Port Talbot libraries. Back in October … Continue reading

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New library strategy launched for the Republic of Ireland

A new library strategy (Opportunities for All) for the Republic of Ireland was launched in Dublin by Phil Hogan, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government on 19th December 2013. It is a joint initiative between the Department of the Environment, Community … Continue reading

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YouGov poll finds high usage of public libraries in Great Britain

A survey conducted by YouGov found that 47% of those surveyed (in Great Britain) had used a public library in the last 12 months, excluding for formal education.  They also found that 51% have a current library card. The additional … Continue reading

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Welsh libraries feature in TV programme

The Children’s Poet Laureate of Wales , Aneirin Karadog, encouraged everyone to visit their local libraries in an item on the Welsh language TV programme Heno (episode 208, first item, 6 minutes long) last night. The item featured Canton and Prestatyn libraries, … Continue reading

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A must-read for library designers (guest post)

A new year, a new face (or keyboard). This guest post has been written my colleague Huw Evans who has a keen interest in library design. Over to Huw: In December I picked up details of the Danish Agency for Culture’s Model … Continue reading

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Top 10 (American) library stories of 2013

Did 2013 fly by for you? It did for me. Publishers Weekly (in America) has written a blog post summarising their top 10 library stories of 2013. Some are American only, but others may/will have resonance here in the UK … Continue reading

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My year in blogging – 2013 review

The WordPress.com stats people prepare annual reports for bloggers. Here’s my 2013 annual report for this blog. The blog was viewed about 8700 times, with people coming from 95 countries – thanks everyone! There were 56 new posts during the … Continue reading

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