We need the librarians

Sheffield Council's policy of creating volunteer-run libraries has clearly failed given the huge drop in usage at these that was revealed recently.

Thursday, 5th May 2016, 6:39 am
Updated Thursday, 5th May 2016, 7:40 am
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Most people visited the libraries at least in part because of the wonderful service given by community librarians.

Now the staff have left, people have stopped visiting these libraries.

A solution in the short-term would be to trial a structure along the lines of other social enterprises, such as charity shops, with a full-time librarian backed up with a team of volunteers.

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This would buy the council some time to find savings to reemploy staff.

Switching off library self-service, cancelling the library festival and axing other non-essential items such as sheffieldnewsroom.co.uk would provide funds for something Sheffield’s community’s do actually need, librarians.

M Vaughan

Stannington Road, Sheffield, S6