National libraries demo planned for November 5th – (Unless we’ve misunderstood that as well. Please see opinion piece which follows this article – Editor.)
YOU CAN BORROW BOOKS ON A SUNDAY……..
Readers will be able to borrow books on a Sunday from Upper Norwood joint library from September 1st.
New times announced on the library’s own website say the library will be self-service on Sundays until November.
The new opening times from 1st September 2016, as previously reported, are: Mondays – Saturdays 10am to 6pm; Sundays – 11am to 4pm.
Our report last week seems to have ruffled some people with a few comments on social media which are reasonable and fair:
Save The Library [email protected] Aug 22 @Livvyknowles25 if no lending on Sundays then there’s no library so why count it in the “opening” hrs?
Defend the Ten said: UNJL will be open less hrs not more as library service is defined by librarian hrs not opening hrs @defendtheten
And also said: “Same issue as @WaterlooLib – building may be open longer but less staffing.”
What our article said:
LIBRARY TO OPEN SIX DAYS A WEEK – INCLUDING SUNDAYS
Upper Norwood joint library is to open six days a week from September 1st, News from Crystal Palace understands.
The library will be open Tuesdays through to Sundays – but closed on Mondays. Opening times will be: Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 6pm; Sunday: 11am – 4pm.
The move is being made by the Upper Norwood Library Trust. Whether people will be able to borrow books on Sundays is not yet clear.
Since then the library’s official website (note: the LIBRARY’S official website, not the Upper Norwood Library Trust’s) has announced that, yes, you will be able to borrow books on a Sunday.
OPINION: GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT – WE DID.
News From Crystal Palace has directly received (part of) a diatribe from Tom Brandon of Friends of Upper Norwood Joint Library (FUNJL) sent from the Friends email address.
Some of his observations in an email to News From Crystal Palace cannot be used but they included the following:
FUNJL: “This article is very misleading and does not provide the rigorous analysis required to be journalism.”
News From Crystal Palace response: “We could at that stage only communicate what we already knew. “Lambeth council were asked for a comment but they are renowned for not responding to questions – even from journalists. “What’s misleading / very misleading about it?
“Do we start calling the Upper Norwood library ‘the building which sometimes contains Upper Norwood library’ or ‘the building formerly known as Upper Norwood library?’. “This is a building which property developers have had their sights on for years.”
FUNJL: “The library space may have extended opening hours but will it have the staff to provide the service? The provision of 1 FTE (35 librarian hours) for one year is still the intent of Lambeth Council, the fact that there is 40+ hours at the moment is obviously due to extra staffing capacity that will exist until Minet and Carnegie libraries reopen (Carnegie “library” will have doubled opening hours but only 14 hours of staff).
“To give the impression that the library will be open longer is to misunderstand the definition of a library and serves to perpetuate the misinformation being peddled by Lambeth council and its various partners in library closures around the borough.”
NFCP: Given the literally scores of articles we have written slagging off Lambeth council over the past six months including:
articles on Carnegie library at Herne Hill (and other libraries) and the Cressingham Gardens estate (and five others which Lambeth are hell bent on demolishing for the sake of it) which are both borough-wide issues;
highlighting the efforts of a few heroes and heroines like Cllrs Scott Ainslie (Green); Rachel Heywood (Lab. Suspended) and Tory opposition leader Cllr Tim Briggs; ETC ETC ETC how on earth can we be “perpetuating the misinformation being peddled by Lambeth”.
FUNJL: “A library is a place with librarians in it! “Without them there is no proper library service.”
NFCP: “TOTALLY AGREE. But at the moment Lambeth council are being run by a small clique who clearly don’t know what they are doing.
“Lambeth council last year put £98 million into building societies – when interest rates are at their lowest ever – and then blame Tory Government cutbacks for not being able to fund libraries.
“How many adults do you know who would say to their children: ‘We can’t afford to feed you properly this week because we’ve put most of our month’s income into building societies even though we don’t need to’?
“Whether you like it or not the only reason Upper Norwood still has a library OPEN at the moment is because of the Trust – a Trust made up of local people who have the library’s best interests at heart and not Greenwich Leisure or a bunch of god-botherers.
FUNJL: “The librarians at Upper Norwood Joint Library are currently finding it very difficult to provide a proper service, often finding themselves the sole librarian, with too many customers to serve at once and trying to balance desk duties with library floor duties. “So the service has deteriorated and customers are noticing this.”
NFCP: “AGAIN, TOTALLY AGREE.”
FUNJL: “Perhaps you should talk to the library staff and the library users and report what they say.”
NFCP: If any of the library staff talked to News From Crystal Palace / Brixton Buzz / South London Press / Inside Croydon / Socialist Worker or even Clark Kent from the Daily Planet they’d be sacked. “As for what the READERS think then News From Crystal Palace has always printed reasoned responses. “No readers have written to us on this issue.”
It’s at this point that FUNJL’s message to News From Crystal Palace ends.
But a continuation of it appears on the Save the Library Twitter site @saveUNlibrary in its. It adds:
FUNJL: “I will ask the head of library services whether there will be a library lending service on Sundays – but the fact that (News From Crystal Palace) has reported that the library will be open possibly without a lending service illustrates its misunderstanding of what is happening with libraries in Lambeth.
“No lending means no library so unless (News From Crystal Palace) has”
NFCP: And there’s nothing else after this. That final comment “The fact that (News From Crystal Palace) has reported that the library will be open possibly without a lending service illustrates its misunderstanding of what is happening with libraries in Lambeth” really takes the biscuit.