Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Libraries and Mental Health
Just catching up with this Guardian piece on the importance of libraries to young peoples' mental health. Nick Poole seems to have vastly improved CILIP's lobbying by moving beyond a just say no to change approach to demonstrating the value of public libraries to various fields. Libraries can be used in a huge number of different ways, and if they are kept in-house, the Council can retain flexibility as to whether they are focusing on public health, digital literacy, reassuring minorities, promoting the arts, general community space or (indeed) straightforward library services. Something that might be lost if they were spun off.