Saturday October 11th saw the seventh library public forum at Tate South Lambeth – the face-to-face meeting of library managers and local people, held every three months, where the library’s plans are set out and its performance is held up to scrutiny by the general public.
This session – in contrast to recent ones – gave us answers to major questions. That was possible because of the composition of the panel. The head of the library service, Susanna Barnes, chaired the meeting. Sitting with her were Chris Sipidias (lead commissioner, with oversight of libraries and community buildings), Maria Kwofie (the manager of TSL) and Councillor Jane Edbrooke (Oval ward councillor and cabinet member responsible for – amongst other things – libraries). We particularly appreciated Jane’s presence – and also that of another Oval ward councillor, Claire Holland – since they squeezed this event into a previously scheduled away day for Labour councillors.
So what did we find out this time round?