March 25, 2009
Why cut the book fund in Richmond?
There are reports everywhere telling us that libraries are going to be important in the recession, that reading is most important thing they offer and that libraries offer books to a wider range of people than anyone else
Yet I have been in a meeting all afternoon to discuss the proposal by the London Borough of Richmond to cut the book fund for their library service by about a quarter or about £100,000 per annum
The council is faced with a need to find a budget reduction, but in ten minutes discussion it was possible to see at least three areas of expenditure which were of less priority and which could be cut without affecting the quality of the library service. I could not understand why, other than a misunderstanding of the value of books in libraries, anyone would even think about proposing such a thing.
How does one get the message to people like this that this is the wrong thing to do.
Posted by Perkins at March 25, 2009 7:08 PM
Perkins, have a word with Warwickshire County Council too, will you?
Posted by: Gerina Adams at March 26, 2009 11:39 AM