JAN 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Libraries Need Cash To Get Up To Speed
libraries are suffering falling visitor numbers, shortages of
books and do not have enough money spent on them, councillors have
in-depth look at the way the service is funded and run has
revealed that expenditure on stock is dangerously low.
Best Value review team has acknowledged that the service would
fail to meet proposed national standards currently being drawn up
by the Government.
are not enough computers and the number of visits, users and
enquiries is falling, probably because the materials on offer are
with good computer provision, such as Central library and
Willenhall library attract a lot more young people.
six-week investigation also looked revealed that that the computer
infrastructure was under-developed and the management structure
points picked out were that the service was popular with its
users, and considering how many service points there are, there is
a god level of issues.
groups are catered for well, such as children, ethnic communities
and visually impaired people.
library service is active in both regional and local partnerships.
And there are big levels of customer satisfaction.
Karen McKay (Socialist, St Michael’s), who sat on the review
panel said it was clear that the library needed big investment in
was include in the recommendations for future action.
McKay said it was clear that the library would not get the instant
help it needs, as Social Services has been earmarked for special
attention in next year’s spending round.
she added that she feared it would never receive the funding:
cabinet in the past have not attached enough importance to it
and the way they approached it over the toilets issue makes me
feel they don’t value it.
comes down to the fact that local councils are being squeezed in
their funding and that has not changed in the last few years.
people who work in the libraries are really dedicated, but they
cannot do more without more books and proper funding.”