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Forest Hill Library - Proposed Cut to Funding
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michael


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24-11-2015 04:30 PM

Recommendations in the report from council officers to "Safer Stronger Communities Select Committee"

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The report to Mayor and Cabinet will recommend that:
- A saving of £1million from the Library and Information Service budget is approved.
- Staff consultation on the restructuring of the library service is undertaken
- The formal tender process to identify partner organisations to take on the management of Forest Hill Library, Manor House Library and Torridon Road Library buildings commences.

The 2nd point can be read as selection for redundancy.

Quote:
...it is true that the issues of books decreased faster in the community libraries than in the council-managed buildings. This may be partially attributed to the reduced stock at community libraries and the accessibility of the self-service technology. The library service intends to take steps to address the drop in book issues across the whole service and is investigating changing the self-service technology to better support self-issue.

Why haven't they done this in the last five years? I think some more concrete details would be required for us to have any confidence in their ability to achieve this.

Quote:
Volunteers – Respondents expressed concern over the use of volunteers to “replace” council staff. Some stressed the lack of reliability that is inherent in the transient role of volunteers. Some were concerned about issues linked to the ability of volunteers to care for the assets and to safeguard visiting audiences, particularly children.

The council is not proposing to replace council staff with volunteers. During the consultation, the community library model was explained. This is based on the commitment by a third party organisation to support access to library service from a building that they are now responsible for. The council commits to sustaining the library service, e.g. through buying books, maintaining the IT-based self-service infrastructure, and providing a peripatetic library service. All the partner organisations maintain safeguarding policies.

Library staff will be lost and volunteers will run the libraries, sometimes (from what I've heard) with little day to day interest from the third-party organisation.

Quote:
Use of volunteers at all libraries – The full integration of new volunteer roles in the structure of the library service might provide an option to sustain current provision. This would have to follow the reduction in staff, proposing the replacement of paid staff with volunteers. The council has always viewed the third sector as distinct, supporting it and valuing its input as additional and complementary to the council’s own. There is no indication that the council is minded to depart from the current position. This approach will also require the library service to develop an infrastructure to promote, recruit, manage, and develop volunteers. Such structure might further reduce the library specific staff, unless the new duties and skills are reassigned to re-trained staff.

This shows a terrible lack of imagination. The council would prefer to sack people rather than help them retrain to manage volunteers within the library service. The line in bold shows that this really is a realistic option that the council seem unwilling to investigate any further, even in the remaining hub libraries.

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Given the outcome of soft market test that resulted in eight organisations expressing an interest, it is reasonable to assume that a formal procurement will attract suitable partners interested in the transfer of the library buildings.

This post was last modified: 24-11-2015 04:31 PM by michael.

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