January 24, 2022

Video: UK Culture Minister Says Libraries Aren't in Crisis

From the Oxford Mail:

[UK] Culture Minister Ed Vaizey yesterday told MPs there was no libraries crisis.


He told MPs there was “no crisis” in the library service and said it was vital to be realistic about changes in provision.

He said: “If you said we’re not going to have every library as a bells and whistles library staffed by professional librarians, you could have more libraries.”

Libraries run by volunteers could open longer and provide books that are “more in tune” with local communities, he added.

Mr Vaizey said: “I think libraries are very resilient. I don’t think the library service is in crisis, which is what some people would like to give the impression of.”

Watch Culture Minster Vaizey Discuss Public Libraries With Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Recorded March 13, 2012

See Also: Library closures protest to target houses of parliament (March 12, 2012 via The Guardian)

See Also: Top authors join protest rally to lobby No 10 on library cutbacks (March 13, 2012 via London Evening Standard)

See Also: Culture, Media and Sport Committee publish library inquiry responses (February 7, 2012)

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.