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High Court challenge to library closures in the West – BBC News

“Two county councils which want to close libraries in the west of England are facing a judicial review.”

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BBC News, 3rd May 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government needs more costs information for online content storage plans – OUT-LAW.com

“The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) had consulted with publishers and legal deposit libraries (LDLs) over plans for libraries to have access to online, as well as printed, content.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th April 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Government puts legal protection for libraries up for review – The Guardian

“Initiative to scrap ‘burdensome’ duties on local authorities will review requirement to provide ‘comprehensive and efficient’ library service”

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The Guardian, 17th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Library campaigners mount legal challenges to closures – The Guardian

“Pressure is building on culture secretary Jeremy Hunt over library closures, with the mounting of two new legal challenges.”

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The Guardian, 1st March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Campaigners launch legal challenge to library closures – The Guardian

“Libraries are set to be a legal testing-ground for David Cameron’s vision of the ‘big society’, with lawyers arguing that the prime minister’s ‘vague notions’ are not enough to fulfil councils’ legal obligations to their library services.”

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The Guardian, 24th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Library cuts in Somerset and Gloucestershire challenged – BBC News

“A High Court challenge is being launched over public library closures.”

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BBC News, 23rd February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Future Provision of Library Services: Statement from Patrick Maddams, Sub-Treasurer of the Inner Temple, 10th December 2009

After lengthy deliberations, the Inner Temple and Middle Temple have concluded that none of the available options for a merger of their libraries and creation of an advocacy and education centre is sufficiently desirable to warrant further investigation and implementation. We have therefore agreed to bring to an end the negotiations which have been taking place under the aegis of the Joint Collaboration Committee.

We are aware of the great uncertainties these negotiations have caused to our library staffs and the Treasurers of both Inns would like to thank them for their professionalism and forbearance over the last nine months.

Any external enquiries about this decision should be referred to the Sub-Treasurer.
Subtreasurer@innertemple.org.uk

Survey on the future provision of Library services

CHEMS Consulting is carrying out a feasibility study on behalf of the Inner and Middle Temple to investigate the potential benefits of merging their two libraries and creating a Joint Education and Advocacy Centre.

One element in the feasibility study is to assess what the demand for library services is on the part of the Bar, students and other members of the Inns, and how it is currently being met. Both Inns also want to consider what services a merged library should offer its users if a merger were to proceed.

A survey questionnaire has been developed by the consultants in order to get the views of Inner and Middle Temple members and tenants and other Library users. From 29th June to 17th July the survey was available in electronic form on the Inns’ web sites and in printed form in both Libraries. Members and tenants of both Inns were also emailed about the survey. The Inner Temple results are now available on the Library’s web site. To view the results of the survey click here.

Survey on the future provision of Library services

CHEMS Consulting is carrying out a feasibility study on behalf of the Inner and Middle Temple to investigate the potential benefits of merging their two libraries.

One element in the feasibility study is to assess what the demand for library services is on the part of the Bar, students and other members of the Inns, and how it is currently being met. Both Inns also want to consider what services a merged library should offer its users if a merger were to proceed.

In order to get the opinion of members, tenants and other Library users the consultants have developed a survey questionnaire. Click here to complete the survey.

Feasibility study to consider the possible merger of the Inner and Middle Temple Libraries – update

I have been informed that not everyone received the memorandum sent to members on 5th May 2009. This was a notice regarding the feasibility study to be undertaken jointly with Middle Temple to investigate the potential benefits of merging our two libraries and creating a state of the art education and training centre for use by both Inns.

I am grateful to those who did receive the notice and have sent their comments to me or to the Librarian, Margaret Clay. As a result of these comments, I would like to clarify the following points.

• As part of the feasibility study, we will be engaging professional consultants to
assist us.
• The consultants will carry out a user survey and consultation process with Library users and non-users alike.
• All members will be consulted at the conclusion of the Feasibility Study before any decision is taken by Bench Table.

I say this to reassure you that no decision in principle has already been taken to implement a libraries merger programme. We are investigating possibilities only, against a background of our ongoing review of all areas of the Inn’s operations.

I hope this explains the position more clearly. Please feel free to contact me directly if you wish to ask questions or make comments.

Vivian Robinson QC
Treasurer

Feasibility study to consider the possible merger of the Inner and Middle Temple Libraries

The Executive Committees of Inner Temple and Middle Temple have agreed to commission a feasibility study to investigate the potential benefits of merging their Libraries and creating a Joint Education and Advocacy Centre.

The study will be overseen by a working group chaired jointly by Master Jonathan Hirst for Inner Temple and Master Stanley Burnton, Deputy Treasurer, for Middle Temple.

The results of the study are likely to be available in the late summer and no decisions are anticipated until much later in the year, after full consultation with staff and consideration by the relevant Inn Committees, Bench Table and Parliament.

In particular, no assumption has been made as to which Inn would house the Library and which the Education Centre, should the project proceed.

Vivian Robinson QC
Treasurer

Book page thief sentence halved

“An Iranian scholar who stole pages from priceless books at Oxford’s Bodleian library and the British Library has had his sentence halved.”

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BBC News, 29th April 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Man jailed for stealing pages from rare book – The Independent

“A businessman was jailed for two years today after admitting stealing pages from rare and priceless books at two historic libraries.”

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The Independent, 16th January 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Scholar faces jail for page theft – BBC News

“A wealthy businessman who stole pages from books in the British Library and Bodleian Library is due to be sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court.”

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BBC News, 21st November 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk


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