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29-01-2011, 13:41   #1
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It is National Save our Libraries Day on Saturday 5th February. There are proposals to cut Sheffield Libraries budget by almost 30% over 3 years. If you care about public libraries come to Sheffield Central Library for 11am on Saturday for Shhh! Further details at http://sinto.wetpaint.com/page/Save+our+Libraries

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29-01-2011, 15:14   #2
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we'll be there! The libraries in Sheffield (and in general!) are fantastic
 
29-01-2011, 15:27   #3
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I love libraries, I remember going to Highfield library on the the tram from Heeley Bottom, 2 old pence, brill
 
29-01-2011, 15:44   #4
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Try this link, it works: Save our Libraries

Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
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30-01-2011, 18:48   #5
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is it just the central library, or can you show support at your local one? (other than obviously using it)
 
30-01-2011, 19:02   #6
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The Shh-In at Central is the only event I know of but please go to your local library if you wish. Peraps you could print out some of the posters from the website or Phil Bradley's "war" posters and put them up. NB library staff may not be able to give permission to display these posters but talk to them and anyway it's your public library - not the councils!
 
30-01-2011, 19:39   #7
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I love libraries, I remember going to Highfield library on the the tram from Heeley Bottom, 2 old pence, brill
When is the last time you went though? People want to save the libraries but not use them. Where does that leave the council?

I am not saying you don't, but I get annoyed with the folks that will happily say libraries need saving without having been for years. If you think they need saving, get your behind in gear and use them!
 
30-01-2011, 19:47   #8
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Plenty of people use my local one at Ecclesall - there is always a queue and on Saturdays its heaving!
 
30-01-2011, 19:50   #9
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If there was ever a better example of where public money could be saved than our local library, then I would like to see it.

It is a very small library that only really caters for old people and small children, yet it is often manned by three people. When they get within 25 minutes of the closing time they start to fasten the shutters and generally to make people very unwelcome. This library could easily be run by a single person, thereby saving a fortune.
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30-01-2011, 19:58   #10
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Yes, you are correct, it`s like all the things that disappear over the years, don`t moan when it`s gone, it will be too late, we must all start to use em or lose em, I will start tomorrow.
 
30-01-2011, 20:17   #11
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If there was ever a better example of where public money could be saved than our local library, then I would like to see it.

It is a very small library that only really caters for old people and small children, yet it is often manned by three people. When they get within 25 minutes of the closing time they start to fasten the shutters and generally to make people very unwelcome. This library could easily be run by a single person, thereby saving a fortune.
I was in the Central library the other day. About 4/5 members of staff just in the main section on the ground floor. The library was busy, but people were using the internet instead of actually taking out books.

I understand that the library is a 'free' method of using the internet for some people, but is this what libraries are about? I've said before that the council needs to let out library space to private companies to run cafes - the computers should be part of this cafe rather than the actual library.

I agree that staffing must be reduced. There are self-scanning machines for taking out books.
 
30-01-2011, 20:36   #12
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I will try to attend on Saturday. Can I just point out a slight error on the website though? It says that there are no plans to close any Sheffield libraries. The council is wanting to close the children's library at Hillsborough, which is an extremely well-used library.
 
31-01-2011, 09:03   #13
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If there was ever a better example of where public money could be saved than our local library, then I would like to see it.

It is a very small library that only really caters for old people and small children, yet it is often manned by three people. When they get within 25 minutes of the closing time they start to fasten the shutters and generally to make people very unwelcome. This library could easily be run by a single person, thereby saving a fortune.
Only old people and small children!! And one person on their own responsible for looking after everyone, dealing with queries, answering phones, lunch breaks etc?
 
31-01-2011, 12:34   #14
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I'll be there. I worked for Sheffield Libraries through the 80s and 90s when the Tories cut the Rate Support Grant to Sheffield at the same time as trying to repeal the 1964 Public Libraries Act. We bought no new books for 3 years and closed 6 branch libraries. It took years for the library service to recover. I never want to see those days return and it looks as though they will, with a vengeance.

For those people who see no value in public libraries, I'd look hard and long at your lifestyle. If freedom of knowledge and information, self improvement and education isn't high on your list of priorities, that's fine. But you don't have the right to deny others the opportunity to experience them.
 
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Poet, broadcaster and comedian Ian McMillan has been banned from appearing at a childrens' creative writing workshop by Sheffield City Council, over fears he might make "political comments".
http://sheffieldpolitics.com/2011/01...ical-comments/
 
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Well of course it would be inappropriate to make these comments at a Children's event wouldn't it so looks as though the right decision was made, though how they knew he may make it political it doesn't make clear.
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On the Island they are closing 9 of our 11 libraries. A week last Saturday there was a protest in our main library where people went and took out as many books as they were able and emptied the library. They started with the Criminal Section as they feel that local councils are committing a Crime in closing libraries. Our Council are wanting volunteers to run the local libraries but at the same time are saying that the buildings will have to close - so how can volunteers run a library from a closed building!!!
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If there was ever a better example of where public money could be saved than our local library, then I would like to see it.
Councilor's bloated salaries, inflation busting pay rises and index linked pensions could do with a bit of a pruning.

Unless of course you feel that institutionalized incompetence is something that should be rewarded at the expense of services?
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I agree that staffing must be reduced. There are self-scanning machines for taking out books.
And as we all know, that's all the staff do.
 
31-01-2011, 19:18   #20
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When is the last time you went though? People want to save the libraries but not use them. Where does that leave the council?

I am not saying you don't, but I get annoyed with the folks that will happily say libraries need saving without having been for years. If you think they need saving, get your behind in gear and use them!
I usually visit my local library (Hillsborough) at least once a week. I visit the central library perhaps once a month. I've used libraries for 60 years, my mother introduced me to them when I was small, and now my pre-school age grandchildren visit their library. With all the improved technology available, it is possible there could be some efficiency savings, such as automatic scanners, but I'd hate to see libraries disappear. Free books, and now free computer access are things we all should value.

I'll try and make it on Saturday.
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