Tim Coates asked me to stop praising Rotherham libraries.
I pointed out that I was talking only about my own experiences, and will continue to do so. Nevertheless, I felt I should look at the broader picture. So I have looked into some basic facts about the library service- from the report on the council site.
It’s a mixed bag. Resident satisfaction levels are too low, and the number of active borrowers is very low- yet user satisfaction is high. Stock is at the low threshhold, in terms of number of books per 1000 residents, but the service exceeds the standard for adding to stock. The cost per visit is very high.
No real context is given for these figures, so poor as some are I’d like a little more background.
So, whilst my experience has- and continues- to be good, as a whole the service could do better. I have been in correspondence with the new service manager, and will continue that correspondence; as well as my work with the Friends committee.