A place to discover…
BBC 2's Daily Politics show posted a short video about the relevance of public libraries today. They offered statistics showing that between 1997 and 2007 borrowing dropped by 34% and that in 2007 38 public libraries closed. Equally as downheartening for me was that the person they interviewed about libraries was not an information professional. Although he spoke nicely, albeit briefly, about libraries, Prof John Mullan is a Professor of English at UCL. Surely this voice should've been one of us? Why didn't the BBC think to find their way to a librarian? Why is a professional voice for our profession not on their speed-dial?
My spirits were lifted slightly by one of the people they interviewed on the street. This lady simply said:
"Libraries are the place where people discover their imagination and where they discover who they are."