Monday, June 12, 2006
Who is going to save our libraries? The silence is deafening... In the observer.
Cilip newsletter pointed out this interesting story on the decline of public libraries in the UK in the observer, on Sunday. The paper points out as many as 107 public libraries could be closed, one-third alone of Dorset's libraries. As I work in a public library (as a volunteer), it seems frightening. I say this for two reasons. Firstly, seeing how many people use our facilities, and how much extra work most library staff put into the job, its a shame for any community to be without a library. Secondly, as a masters student looking for employment in libraries, a decline in jobs in the public sector is disconterting. Perhaps, i'm being rather selfish there. Anyhow, lets hope this doesn't happen.