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East Renfrewshire Council proposes to cut their school library service by £131,000. These cuts will be achieved by reducing 7 full-time posts to 4. Suggestions include encouraging senior pupils to volunteer to run their own school libraries and to provide self-serve options.

You can view an outline of the proposed cuts here. The consultation survey, your chance to have your say, is now open for residents and non-residents until 5 December. The following libraries will be affected:

18 November 2014

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has proposed an increase from 6.2p to 6.66p per loan on PLR. You can read their letter here and our response, with additional recommendations, here.

18 November 2014

The government is consulting on a proposal to limit the duration of copyright in old unpublished literary works and we urge our members to consider the proposals and offer their feedback.

11 November 2014

The deadline for visual artists to apply for Dutch royalties through DACS has been extended to 31 January 2015. Apply now for your share. 

21 October 2014

The results have now been returned from the Members’ ballot on our Constitution. Following a consultation period, Members were asked to vote on the new Constitution and indicate their preference between options for three clauses.

13 October

Liverpool Council plans to close 11 of the city's 19 libraries as a result of government cuts. In addition, book funds are to drop and opening hours are to be cut to make further savings on the city's budget. Children's authors Cathy Cassidy and Alan Gibbons, with support from Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman, are coordinating a campaign to fight the closures.

10 October 2014

We will shortly be renewing our group scheme that allows our members access to excellent rates on Public Liability Insurance (PLI) from Imaging Insurance.

9 October 2014

The first in our new series of SoA interviews has begun. We spoke with Meryl Halls from the Booksellers Association about this year's Books Are My Bag campaign, as well as the upcoming Big Bookshop Party on 11 October, and how best to support your local bookshops.

Read the interview here, and sign up to be a BAMB author here.



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