Interspersed with my normal posting, I am going to bring to you a series of reviews of library related websites, and library blogs that I read, with this being the first.
Library Matters is a blog by Joann Ransom from the Horowhenua Library Trust. Her posts are entertaining and very informative I only wish she had more time to post more often. 🙂 The post which first put me onto Joann’s writings was this one: Who will fight for Gerald? In it Joann calls for help in fighting her council who had decided to do this:
“Horowhenua District Council have decided that from July the Library will have to start charging for the internet, and thats just the start. We currently have to raise 15% of our operating expenditure from user charges, $150,000, but last month Council decided that we need to raise between 20% and 25%, $200,000 – $250,000”
I was impressed with her brave and public stance, but also a bit envious. For while I am willing to criticise some elements of public policy, I feel a level of constraint in directly criticising my council. I guess that being employed by a trust may allow a greater level of freedom. But I do wonder if the cost of that freedom is a restriction in the ability to influence the council internally?
I recommend reading Joann’s blog, and I will leave you with a Youtube seen there. That too is well worth a look.