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Suffolk libraries: let’s work together for best future

A call for the new organisation charged with running Suffolk Libraries to take a gradual approach to change is made today by James Hargrave on his blog. I entirely agree with his post which could serve as manifesto for most library campaigners in the county. Please read it.

Following the resignation of the county council appointed chairman, the body, under its new chair Shona Bendix, has the opportunity to take a pragmatic approach and capitalise on the good will which is now evident.

I notice that Hargrave writes about “Suffolk Libraries” ignoring the redundant apostrophe s inserted, by the County Council, into the name of the Industrial and Provident Society set up to take over the libraries. I hope the IPS shows the same economy when choosing a new logo.

More importantly he points to the need for the IPS to take things gradually and to do all it can to improve staff morale, including not following a policy of recruiting new employees on a lower pay scale.

I would add to this that none of the staff being transferred from the county council should be retransferred to a community library group for at least a year. I have already suggested this privately. Being transfered once is unsettling enough.

Hargrave points to the need to allow community groups that are not incorporated bodies (limited companies) to become members of the IPS. It may be that there is a different way of interpreting the existing rules or they may need amendment, but should to be done before the first board elections next year if they are to be credible.

What I am writing could have been largely said as a comment on Hargrave’s blog. So please read it.

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