Monday 23 October 2017

This Woman's Life: Does anyone ever consider the pain that these cutbacks can cause?

'It is a great privilege and a human right to be able to read. As a writer I value libraries and librarians equally. For me, one cannot work without the other' Photo: Depositphotos
'It is a great privilege and a human right to be able to read. As a writer I value libraries and librarians equally. For me, one cannot work without the other' Photo: Depositphotos

Rita Ann Higgins

Staffless libraries was a pilot project back in 2014. Now it is being rolled out relentlessly to towns all over the country.

In its very haphazard philosophy (longer opening hours, opening anytime logic), it undermines library staff. The message it gives out loud and clear is simple: we don't need you.

When library staff are being undermined, as they are by the threat of staffless libraries, it is very hard for them to function on a daily basis. A climate of fear exists amongst library staff who fear for their livelihood. Many have families and mortgages and this threat of staffless libraries is having a very negative impact on their daily lives.

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