Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Libraries and "One-Stop Shops"
The Library as we know it is under attack from bureaucrats of both local and central government, who would like to replace libraries with "one-stop shops" that provide all sorts of different council services. Now plans to transform the Libraries in Coventry into "one-stop shops' are facing criticism.

In July Libri, "the charity for Libraries" published a succinct report that highlighted the problems currently faced by Libraries in the UK. Its criticism was perceptive, although I disagree with their support for the recent proposal that the books for all Britain's public libraries should be purchased through a single centrally-organised purchasing agency, as I think it would accentuate the decline in the quality of the bookstock.
You can read the Libri report; "From University to Village Hall" on their website: