First, the good news: Lambeth Libraries managed to field a couple of councillors and a brace of http://karimnoureldin.net/best-price-generic-viagra managers at TSL on 20 April 2013 for what promises to be the first of a quarterly meet-the-suits evening.
The audience was clearly in favour of libraries management and councillors facing the public so officialdom’s decisions and actions can be publicly challenged. The right level of management there, and the mothershipton.co.uk audience was lively.
And the bad news? First, The suits and the councillors have yet to say where spending cuts will fall. Jobs are likely to go at TSL, but are still being negotiated with the unions. Second, Lambeth Libraries seem to think that TSL can raise its income (currently fines, photocopying charges) by charging for functions.
But getting in the customers will require a level of initiative, skill and dynamism rarely met with in Lambeth libraries.
Lambeth is already putting the financial screws on existing users such as TVS associate group, the Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library, which may have to stop showing local-interest independent films. Read about why here.