Stop Library Privatisation in Lambeth

Posted: April 9, 2012 by rabidleftwinger in Cutswatch, Libraries

Lambeth council want to hear your views on the library service – or so they claim. But rather than actually listening to our views on our library services they are hoping to push their ‘co-operative council’ idea which will see library staff being replaced with volunteers and private companies trying to make profit from our public libraries.

Poster by Phil Bradley

We are very worried about Lambeth council’s plans for our libraries – rather than focussing on professional library staff, books, and computers, which we believe are the most important services currently offered by libraries, the council seem to be more interested in Twitter, facebook, and replacing professional staff with volunteers. This is not how a high quality library service is delivered.

We can act to protect our libraries by telling Lambeth council that we want our libraries to be run by professional staff and that we value the services that we receive at our libraries – helpful staff, books, and computers, amongst many other things.

You can respond to Lambeth’s consultation by filling out the survey. There’s other ways to respond to picking up a form in your local library, emailing Lambeth council, and even sending a short text in support of our libraries. Come along to one of the consultation meetings to tell them in person that we value our library service as it is.

  • Complete an online survey here
  • Call 0800 013 1497
  • Text 07772 103 628
  • Email CooperativeLibraries@lambeth.gov.uk
  • Write to: Freepost RSKJ-YSKA-AUSA, ACS Consultation, Phoenix House, 10 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2LL

Do as many of these things as you can and please spread the word.

Your input really will make a difference. By putting forward OUR view of how our library services should be run, we can make it very difficult for Lambeth council to enforce their destructive plans.

We value our libraries and our library staff and the hard work that they do. Libraries play an incredibly important role in our communities and we will not allow the council to run down this vital public service.

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  2. andobrien says:

    While I agree with most of what you say and definitely support any opposition to Lambeth’s Cop-Out Council agenda I’m not quite sure why you perceive Twitter and Facebook as negatives. They are great tools for deveolping library services fit for the digital age, for communicating with current service users and reaching new ones. Lambeth Libraries Twitter and Facebook accounts were set up long before the council decided to jump on the social media bandwagon. It’s mostly because Lambeth and other local authorities have neglected libraries in terms of books, building and experienced staff for so long that they are in the state they are in today – despite the efforts and commitment of all who work in libraries.

  3. izzykoksal says:

    Hi Andrew, I didn’t mean for it to sound like libraries using Twitter and facebook is a bad thing. I completely agree with you that they play a really important role for engaging with new and existing readers. I love the Lambeth Archives twitter feed! I was being slightly flippant, but my point was that Lambeth council are simply talking about facebook and Twitter in libraries to sound cool and down with the kids, when what they should be doing is investing in books, buildings, and staff – as you say yourself. It just frustrates me that some high paid consultant will be saying ‘oohh we need Brixton library on Twitter, but we can cut millions from the budget’ All the best, Izzy

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  5. saltounite says:

    Hello, I’m writing an article on the consultation and am keen to talk to library users about their views. My email is heloisewood(at)hotmail.com. Thanks!