Friday, 3 April 2009

On this Wirral business

DCMS is intervening: this is potentially very important, but I don't need to tell you that.

The process and the outcome will both be interesting to watch. The 1964 Act is an odd thing, trumpeting the importance of "comprehensive and efficient" library services without actually defining them. That's good and bad: it gives us scope to deliver a service beyond what our forebears in '64 could have thought up, but at the same time it means we don't have a very substantial stick for beating our paymasters when cuts are threatened.

So, two pieces of advice: watch what DCMS (or the department's representative on Earth) does; and watch the way the library community - in its broadest sense - reacts.