Swindon council has proposed to close 11 of its 15 public libraries, in a bid to save £1.5 million. Nick Poole, chief executive of CILIP, has responded by writing to the council, pleading with them that “a library serves as the beating heart of a community”. He went on to explain that “Public libraries are there for their communities – there is a contract of trust between the public, library staff and local authority – in Swindon this is being placed in jeopardy. I am deeply concerned that future generations in Swindon will not have the same opportunities and support for their learning and development as the current generation have enjoyed.” These are sentiments I wholeheartedly agree with. Click the link for the full story, via The Guardian.