After the live webchat today with Brian Ashley, all I can say is – thank goodness there’s a chance to do it properly at our meeting with him on 29 June…
A lot of questions went unanswered – and that’s just the very few that made it into the chat session!
We don’t need a second Ed Vaizey. Yet too many of Brian’s answers are just like Ed’s. They boil down to: ‘Everything’s fine. And if it’s not, it’s nothing to do with us.’
The other ACE answer, used alternately, is ‘Yes, we’ve done loads of research, which indicates that there’s some truth in what you’ve all been trying to tell us for years. We’re going to start thinking about it sometime soon.’
I’m still not even entirely assured that ACE sees library users, and those who have been forced to try to run libraries, as its explicit concern.
And I have seen rather little, today, to change my opinion that ACE has wasted time and money on things that didn’t need doing – while ignoring things that desperately DO need attention.
The Library Campaign wants to work with ACE on the real issues. We will approach the meeting on 29th June with goodwill, and make a genuine effort to understand ACE’s attitude.
But this must be a working meeting. So much needs to be done – and soon. Our members get precedence… but anyone who cares about public libraries’ future is welcome to join us.
Don’t miss your chance to meet with Brian Ashley and pose all those unanswered questions!
The Library Campaign
And if you really care about libraries it’s the ideal time to take action and join us!