Successful challenge to library closures: lip service not enough for equality duties – Shaheen Rahman – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 24th, 2011 in judicial review, libraries, news by sally

“In the administrative court, the decisions of two local authorities to withdraw funding for library services were held to be unlawful.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th November 2011

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Court allows challenges against library closures – The Guardian

Posted November 16th, 2011 in appeals, budgets, judicial review, libraries, local government, news by sally

“Campaigners won the latest legal battle over library closures when a judge in London allowed challenges against plans to shut libraries in Gloucestershire and Somerset.”

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The Guardian, 16th November 2011

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More cuts: Library closure challenge fails – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 21st, 2011 in appeals, budgets, children, injunctions, judicial review, libraries, local government, news by sally

“The duty to provide library services for children was one of the key arguments advanced by campaigners in Brent challenging the council’s decision to close 6 of its 12 libraries. Reliance was placed upon section 7 of the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964. This requires local authorities to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th October 2011

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Go-ahead for Brent library closure appeal – The Independent

Posted October 19th, 2011 in appeals, budgets, demonstrations, judicial review, libraries, local government, news by sally

“A judge has ordered an urgent hearing of an appeal against a landmark decision giving the go-ahead for the closure of six libraries.”

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The Independent, 19th October 2011

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Brent library campaigners lose court bid against closures – BBC News

Posted October 13th, 2011 in judicial review, libraries, news by tracey

“Campaigners have lost their High Court bid to save six libraries in north-west London which were marked for closure to cut council spending.”

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BBC News, 13th October 2011

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Library cuts challenge blocked – The Independent

Posted July 27th, 2011 in budgets, judicial review, libraries, local government, news by tracey

“Campaigners against library cuts have had their High Court challenge blocked. A judge ruled they had delayed too long in seeking judicial review of Isle of Wight proposals to stop funding five libraries on the island.”

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The Independent, 26th July 2011

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Fight to save local libraries gets its day in court – The Independent

Posted July 18th, 2011 in judicial review, libraries, local government, news by sally

“A landmark hearing on Tuesday will mark the first judicial review into proposed library closures in Britain as disgruntled campaigners prepare to take their case to the courts.”

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The Independent, 17th July 2011

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Boost for library campaign as court orders judicial review – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 11th, 2011 in judicial review, libraries, news by sally

“The campaign to save Britain’s libraries from council cuts has been given a significant boost after a court ordered a judicial review into some of the closures.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th July 2011

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Vereniging van Educatieve en Wetenschappelijke Auteurs (VEWA) v Belgische Staat – WLR Daily

Posted July 6th, 2011 in copyright, EC law, fees, law reports, libraries by sally

Vereniging van Educatieve en Wetenschappelijke Auteurs (VEWA) v Belgische Staat (Case C-271/10); [2011] WLR (D) 216

“National legislation establishing a system under which the remuneration payable to authors in the event of public lending was calculated exclusively according to the number of borrowers registered with public establishments on the basis of a flat-rate amount fixed per borrower and per year was contrary to article 5(1) of Council Directive 92/100/EEC of 19 November 1992 on rental right and lending right and on certain rights related to copyright in the field of intellectual property (OJ 2006 L376, p28).”

WLR Daily, 30th June 2011

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Libraries should pay copyright owners based on number of works and borrowers, says ECJ – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 4th, 2011 in copyright, libraries, news by sally

“The compensation that music artists and film producers are due when their copyrighted material is made temporarily available to the public should not be exclusively based on set fees, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th July 2011

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

Posted May 4th, 2011 in budgets, judicial review, libraries, local government, news by sally

“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

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

Posted April 11th, 2011 in consultations, internet, legislation, libraries, media, news, publishing by sally

“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

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

Posted March 17th, 2011 in legislation, libraries, local government, news by sally

“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

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Library campaigners mount legal challenges to closures – The Guardian

Posted March 2nd, 2011 in budgets, judicial review, libraries, news by sally

“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

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Campaigners launch legal challenge to library closures – The Guardian

Posted February 24th, 2011 in judicial review, libraries, local government, news by sally

“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

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Library cuts in Somerset and Gloucestershire challenged – BBC News

Posted February 23rd, 2011 in budgets, judicial review, libraries, local government, news by sally

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

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BBC News, 23rd February 2011

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

Posted December 10th, 2009 in inns of court, libraries, news by sally

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

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Survey on the future provision of Library services

Posted July 21st, 2009 in inns of court, libraries, mergers, news by sally

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.

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Survey on the future provision of Library services

Posted June 29th, 2009 in inns of court, libraries, mergers, news by sally

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.

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

Posted May 15th, 2009 in inns of court, libraries, news by sally

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

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