Tuesday, December 16, 2008


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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations
-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor
---------------------- Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016
-------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau

[UNISON is Britain and Europe's biggest public sector union with more than 1.3 million members].

Taking stock: the future of our public library service
A report for UNISON by Steve Davies
[full-text, 31 pages]

Press Release -
Library Research Launch  [15 December 2008]

Library service scrooges will be targeted in a UNISON campaign against cuts and closures being launched today (15 December).

Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, will join Dave Prentis, General Secretary of the UK's largest public sector union, at the House of Commons today to discuss how to tackle libraries lacking in festive spirit due to service cuts.

As the credit crunch continues into the Christmas season, more families than ever are feeling the pinch and need the free resources that libraries provide.

But a report commissioned by the union - Taking Stock: The Future of our Public Library Service - shows that, in recent years, there have been dramatic changes.

Libraries have suffered closures, cuts to funding, they are under threat of privatisation and the role of librarian has become progressively de-skilled. During 2006/2007 there were 71 library closures in England.

Fourteen libraries stand to be axed in Wirral alone next year and many more are expected to come under fire. Protests have been staged outside a library in Birmingham and a petition gathered 2,000 signatures, after the library was shut for health and safety reasons, but has remained indefinitely closed. Five libraries received drastic reductions to services in Wolverhampton and may now only be used as book drop-off points.

In Wales, budget cuts have forced the National Library to shut on Saturdays and Denbighshire Council has announced they may close a library to make "efficiency savings", as part of a wide-ranging review of the county's library services starting in 2010.


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