Libraries' loss

23rd February 2001 at 00:00
AS a schools librarian, I passionately agree with Shereen Pandit.

The fault lies not with librarians but with managers and councillors, for whom libraries are not storehouses of knowledge and development, but sources of income or prestige in the form of increased borrowing figures.

Similarly, I encounter too any teachers for whom the quality of what a child reads is of no concern as long as the child is reading. Sadly, the Government's policy is one of giving what little money it can for books directly to schools rather than to professional, cost-effective school library services.

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