Staffless libraries on a Sunday? The thin end of the wedge? September 25, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Impact trade union has said its members will gather outside the library on Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, at 2pm to object to a decision by management to open the dlr Lexicon on Sundays without any library staff present.
Gerry O’Quigley, chairman of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Impact branch, told The Irish Times the decision was a “provocative and premature move” by management.
Staffless opening of libraries does not sound like a great idea to be honest. Part of the utility of a library is having people there to talk to about a range of issues – the idea that everything can be automated is problematic. The arrival of self-service automated kiosks is one thing – though its notable to me how often some of them can be out of service. But going further is of considerable concern.
Notably the union – Impact, isn’t too exercised by Sunday opening, but I wonder if that’s hugely necessary. Frankly I’d sooner see libraries open on Saturdays of Bank Holiday weekends throughout the year rather than close as they now do. But even beyond that once a library is open on a Saturday and five other days of the week that should accommodate those whose working times are less social.