The Word On: Britain's libraries
Friday 13 March 2009
The high-profile library closures in Wirral and Swindon are being followed by others ... Yet paradoxically, while the recession poses such a threat to the funding of public libraries, across the country a reverse trend is being reported. Visits and issue numbers — long the subject of decline, as this week's statistics [from] CIPFA (the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy) demonstrate — are rising ... Libraries have not been slow to broadcast the message that they are a good recession destination.
Benedicte Page (thebookseller.com)ttp://pinkisthenewblog.com
No one in the government ... seems to read, understand, digest and act upon the information [in the CIPFA figures]. It is as if the performance of an institution which employs 25,768 full-time people and a further 15,008 volunteers, which costs the taxpayer £1,164,341,689 in a full year and which occupies, mostly free of charge, 4,540 national buildings, does not merit scrutiny or serious management analysis of any kind at a national level".
Perkins (good libraryguide.com)
[At a meeting with the Department of Culture], I argued that poor book stocks reduce reading. Members of the public who fail to receive the book they want for whatever reason stop borrowing. This establishes a spiral of decline.
Alan Gibbons (alangibbons.net)
Is the comedy album making a comeback?comedy
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Secret Cinema: Why were Back to the Future screenings cancelled?
- 2 Christians: The world's most persecuted people
- 3 The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
- 4 Thatcher ‘was warned of Tory child sex party claims’
- 5 The Simpsons Family Guy trailer: First look at crossover episode after Comic-Con debut
Secret Cinema: Why were Back to the Future screenings cancelled?
Game of Thrones season 4 blooper reel unveiled at Comic-Con 2014
Fifty Shades of Grey trailer provokes moral backlash from US parenting groups
Best movies on Netflix UK and US: 32 films that will end your endless scrolling
Doctor Who series 8: Watch Peter Capaldi in new ‘Listen!’ teaser trailer
The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Opponents of Israel's military operation in Gaza are the real enemies of Middle Eastern peace
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc