Archive | December, 2011

Future of Suffolk’s Library Service: our response

14 Dec

Rosehill Readers’ Press Release

For Immediate Release: 14th December 2011

Whilst Rosehill Readers are delighted that all branch libraries in Suffolk are remaining open, we remain doubtful over the level of service that they will be able to offer, and wonder if Suffolk County Council appreciate that ‘books and buildings’ do not constitute a library service.

SCC is asking its councillors to support a high risk business model for our library service. The Industrial and Provident Society model has never been used to run a library service before, with SCC admitting that there is a high risk of failure, saying that it will take the service back “in house” if the experiment fails.

In addition, SCC says that library funding is guaranteed for 2 years only. We would like to know what happens after that and wonder whether the County Council is setting up the library service to fail. If SCC wanted it to survive, we think it would be recommending a safer, low risk business model such as the “in house” model.

SCC seems to think that high risk is a good thing. Members of the public think otherwise. We would like to have a library service that is guaranteed for the next 10 -15 years, not a library service that survives for 2 years and then fails with some libraries being brought back “in house” and other libraries being forced to close.

Rosehill Readers will be asking questions at the SCC meeting on 15/12/11 and will continue our campaign for a free, universal and accessible, high quality and professional, publicly owned and managed service for all of Suffolk’s individuals and communities.


An open letter to Ed Vaizey – Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries

14 Dec

Those marvelous campaigners at Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries have penned an open letter to Ed Vaizey, please follow the link below and sign:

Following the recent High Court ruling, and announcement of the select committee enquiry, it has been suggested that library user groups, local politicians (all parties) who have been campaigning for their libraries and authors & educators send a joint, open letter to the Culture Minister  Ed Vaizey MP, whose inaction on library cuts and closures is an ongoing cause for concern.

We have penned a letter below. If you are a representative of a local library user group, elected political representative, or author or educator, and would like to be included amongst the signatories, please leave your name/name of your group (how you would like it to appear on the letter) as a comment on this blog post before Monday 19th December. We will then add all the signatures and send the letter to Ed Vaizey.

Please spread the word so as many groups as possible around the country can add their names.

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