Expect more of these mysterious alien markings in your library books.
There is a lot of chatter about new forms and uses for libraries in and out of Library Land these days. The strange part about it is that it’s often framed in abstract, lofty terms: “reinvisioning,” “reimagining” and other appalling “re-” formations. But behind it is the terrifying, entirely non-abstract Lack Of Money, as government budgets for libraries have gotten tighter and tighter.  England has had it especially bad, and there’s no improvement in sight — the president of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, Phil Bradley, told the Guardian recently that:
I don’t think that 2013 is going to be any better than 2012 was to be honest. In fact if anything it’s going to be much worse. The postal lottery of library provision will continue to get worse, with some councils still doing their best to provide a good quality service according to their legal requirement, while other councils will continue to attempt to impose shortsighted cuts on their communities.
Some of the responses to the UK library crisis have been weird pointless reports, or dubious-sounding “leisure trusts” (have two more disturbing words ever been joined? this is …read more

Via: Melville House Books