The Mayor of London should take control of all the capital’s libraries in a move that would save millions and transform the service, the former head of Waterstones said today.
I thought the current buzzword was ‘Localism’?
Maybe he has a point, though:
The duplication of administrationcosts £80million a year out of the £200million spent on the capital’s 380 libraries, he claimed.Mr Coates is working with the New York public library service which covers the entire city. “It’s so much better,” he said. “It’s just exciting to talk to them. They’re really clever about what they’re doing.”
Expect a lot of opposition from the various council’s public sector library staff if this ever gains traction, though:
“If we leave it to local councils, they will bicker until the end of time. It’s time somebody got a grip,” he said.
It is. It is indeed.
What say you, Orphans reader?