NAG will stage an updated Acquisitions School

Yes, it’s true, NAG are planning an adapted and updated Acquisitions School in 2009.  Training at level 1 for public librarians is projected for July 6th and 7th in Preston and for academic Librarians in London in November.  Further details…

Coutts wins seven public library contracts

In the last two months Coutts Information Services has been awarded seven public library contracts and selected as the exclusive supplier of Reference standing orders for each http://www.couttsinfo.com/About/news.htm

Changing Times at Peters Bookselling Services

There are changes at the top for the country’s leading specialist children’s library supplier. A surprise for many people in the book trade and library world but Moira Arthur will be leaving the company later this year.  Moira has worked…

MLA assesses Swindon library plans

MLA Chief Executive Roy Clare and Engagement Director (West) Jon Finch visited Swindon’s new Central Library and the Old Town Library today to meet staff and customers. The government agency has offered its professional advice in discussions with officials in…

Library cuts could last a decade

The severe pressures on local authority budgets that threaten the public library service could last a decade, delegates were warned at a library campaign conference on Wednesday. The ground-breaking event was billed to bring council leaders and cabinet members from…

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: A Global Phenomenon?

Since release on 15 September 1.9m copies have been sold worldwide. http://www.nielsenbookscan.co.uk/press.php?release_id=44

OUP Book Sale Underway

The Oxford University Press Book Sale is underway until March 3, 2009, with 50-75% savings on selected titles

Julia Gregson’s “East of the Sun” wins award

Julia Gregson’s “East of the Sun”, a story about love, friendship and adventure, has won the Romantic Novel of the Year 2009

Free downloads for libraries in the UK

BBC Audiobooks are to be made available as free downloads for libraries in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa that have access to digital lending through the US-based distributor OverDrive. Initially 1,500 books will be made available,…

Easier stock management with smartsm

The latest version of smartsm launched recently enables users to carry out stock management taking full advantage of RFID solutions. Companies working with smartsm include 2CQR, 3M, D-Tech and Intellident. http://www.smartsm.com/News.html

New website from Random House

AuthorsPlace is a new website from Random House. “We’ve invited our authors to create their own unique profile pages on AuthorsPlace, the first of which are now live. Find out more about the authors and their books, read interviews, watch…

Axiell enables Syndetic Solutions for catalogue enrichment

Bowker is delighted to announce that public libraries using the OpenGalaxy integrated library management system from Axiell UK (formerly DS), can now choose Syndetic Solutions as an OPAC enrichment service. This is compliant with all users of OpenGalaxy using v3.03…

Readers flock to Libraries

Yes it’s true! Readers flock to libraries as ‘money is tight’ The fortune of libraries north of the border has taken a turn for the better in light of the economic downturn, Scottish newspaper The Herald reports. Glasgow libraries saw…

Sainsbury’s Launch Own-Brand Book Club

Sainsbury’s is launching an own-brand book club in an exclusive partnership with ­HarperCollins. Under the arrangement the supermarket will promote one of the publisher’s key titles every month. HarperCollins is the third publisher to set up such a deal with…

Yet another record month for smartsm

http://www.smartsm.com/News.html December saw another record month for smartsm with no fewer than 8 public libraries subscribing to the system. Linda Saunders, Chief Librarian at Sandwell MBC commented ‘ Using smartsm will help us to meet our twin goals of providing…

Great end of year results for The Reading Agency

As the National Year of Reading draws to a close, The Reading Agency is delighted to announce major 2008 successes in its mission to inspire more people to read more. It congratulates its library partners on making big strides in…