Aug 24, 2011

Article by Guy Robertson, instructor for LIBR 1120 (Philosophy and Functions) and LIBR 2295 (An Introduction to Records Management). This article is featured in Feliciter, bimonthly magazine of the Canadian Library Association.

"...For British librarians and others involved in library services, the issue of maintenance can lead to discussions concerning the closure of libraries across the country. The British government has determined that deep budget cuts are necessary to control deficits and the national debt, and believes that it must reduce the size of the public sector. No ministry or department is untouchable. Even the revered Royal Air Force will lose personnel and other resources over the next few years, and the National Health Service is undergoing constant scrutiny to find opportunities for cost savings. Although acclaimed authors such as Alan Bennett and Philip Pullman have condemned recent cuts to library budgets, loss of funding appears to be inevitable..."

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