SUFL Conference 2012_volunteers workshop

So much better than
those annoying paid
We can pretend we’re
not closing it now!
It’s making closing
libraries easier
I’m losing my job to
We love our library and we just want
to keep the library open.
Yes - I love my library
28% cut over three years – and it’s going to get worse.
Staff are sometimes 50% of budget and books just 5%
“Library work is easy and anyone can do it”
“If we don’t volunteer, the library will close”
This is the way to get more community involvement
Councils can say “It’s not us who closed it”
We have proof it works – Look at Buckinghamshire
The Big Society
Wake up and smell
the Recession
Over my still-quivering
librarian corpse
You retired and you
did WHAT?
Postcode lottery
Double Taxation
Stealing jobs
Makes closure easier
When the going gets tough
Legal responsibility
Reputational damage
No - I love my library
Posh places get to
keep their libraries
CRB checks and legal (but be aware some authorities don’t demand CRB
checks of paid library staff)
Who owns the building?
Job description and volunteer policy
Data Protection Act and computer system
Seed-corn funding
Serious commitment on behalf of council and volunteers
“CILIP is opposed to job substitution where paid professional and support roles are directly
replaced with either volunteers or untrained administrative posts to save money. This applies
to all library and information services in every sector.”
“The Society of Chief Librarians strongly supports volunteering in libraries. The Society
firmly believes that volunteers add value to the public library service, as long as all
volunteering activity is contained within a professionally managed and delivered framework. “
But not SCL Wales
“Staff costs are a significant and have been an increasing proportion of library costs and, if
the service is losing up to 35% of its budget,[108] some staff cuts are inevitable … local
authorities need to give careful consideration to how to do least damage to the service
provided to the public now and for the future. They must ensure that they retain enough
experienced and/or professionally qualified staff to develop the services on offer” CMS
Select Committee
Why are councils the natural home for libraries?
Is confrontation the best way to campaign?
What can we do to affect things, either way?
What evidence do you have for your point of view?
Anything else anyone wants to say?
I am Ian Anstice MA MCILIP
User of libraries since 1974, MA in Librarianship, paid librarian since 1994,
Unison steward, Information Professional of the Year 2011, Voices for the
Library, Public Libraries News, Winsford Customer Service of the Year
“Oscar” 2012.
And … involved in the transferring of one library to volunteers.
We are all, volunteer or not, Lovers of Libraries
All views expressed or inferred do not necessarily reflect those of my

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