Departure of Blair

Will a new dispensation bring new public libraries?

Well, Gordon is the king of Prudence, so I can’t see a lot more money being pumped in. Unless it’s via the wonderful PFI, whereby we could literally mortgage our futures for shiny new buildings that may or may not be ‘fit for purpose’ but will look like govt is investing in culcha. As for money for more books, I doubt that too.

Behind all this though; what do people want from libraries? I mean, really. Not what do MLA/CILIP/Tim Coates say they want. Not even what do Friends groups say they want. Where is the unfiltered answer to that question?

And what would happen if the answer were ‘more shiny buildings and computers please’?


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