Sunday, 14 June 2015
Bring together library members to share and learn
A librarian himself, Gray told delegates that he is not a local government worker but a “company man” after Falkirk’s library and leisure services were outsourced four years ago to Falkirk Leisure Trust Ltd.
“We are now under the microscope,” said Gray. “Visits are dropping, issues are dropping but polling shows that popularity is very high.”
He warned that statistics hand a weapon to Trusts.
“I am told my service is ‘failing’, that it’s ‘not generating income’, that ‘sports centres are keeping me in work’. And it’s the same for all library services in Trusts in the UK.”
Gray called for UNISON to bring together library members whether in local authorities or outsourced, to share experiences and to learn from each other.
“But above all we must work to bring library services back in-house and away from the madness of the market.”