Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The future of libraries debate

There was an interesting editorial in The Guardian today.


A week ago this appeared on the BBC site.

Tim Coates, who is a library campaigner and consultant, said: "I believe we will lose between 600 to a 1,000 libraries in the next 12-18 months and that may be only the beginning, we are seeing the destruction of the public library service."


And on this morning's Radio 4 you could have heard this:

a 30 minute programme about libraries still available on BBC iPlayer

What's the Point of... Series 33 The Public Library

Former poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion, campaigner Tim Coates and Arts minister Edward Vaizey join Quentin Letts as he asks, what's the point of the public library? (NB: Quentin Letts sounded to me as though he was playing Devil's Advocate, or trying to stir up an argument).


And if you missed it - there was a five minute discussion on The Today Programme back on 24th August 2010.

Library Usage is 'rather depressing'.

Richard Charkin, of Bloomsbury Publishing, and author Marina Lewycka debate why people do not use libraries as much as they used to.


But to finish on a more positive note, here you can find The Reading Agency strongly defending the value of the Summer Reading Challenge (administered through the library services), in the Education section of The Guardian.

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