When is a librarian a member of ‘the public?’ If you are a public librarian in Authority A, but live in Authority B, are you a member of ‘the public’ for Authority B? And if you’re a college librarian in A, are you a member of ‘the public’ for A?
More broadly, if you are a librarian is it fair to lump you in with civil servants, e.g. people at the MLA, DCMS etc? ‘They’ make decisions ‘the public’ don’t like, so you are responsible.
Who are ‘the public?’ And who really speaks for ‘the public?’ And how accountable are some of these spokespeople?
Note: Private Public and General Specific are characters from the great cartoon Sheep in the City.