Time to check on promises and performance – the library forum on October 12th

The next session of the Tate South Lambeth Library public forum will be held at the library on Saturday October 12th at 2-4pm. This is 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.

The October 12th meeting will provide up-to-date information on:

  • The planned restructuring of library staff
  • Spending so far on this year’s budget
  • The items to be bought for TSL from Section 106 funds (money that developers pay for projects to benefit the local community)
  • New activities at the library
  • Work on the building – recent and planned

This is the opportunity for any member of the general public to raise questions, present complaints, challenge library policy and priorities, and put forward proposals.

Everyone is invited.

Members of Friends committee will be raising two issues:  what’s the progress on spending this year’s capital allocation of £107,000 (if the library doesn’t get a move on, the money will be left unspent at the end of the financial year); and how far has the library got in mobilising volunteers to support its activities.

Books and DVDs at bargain prices – and all to help the library


.Secondhand Books

Saturday October 5th is the date for another book sale by Friends to raise funds for equipment and materials to support the library’s services.

Our book sales are a great way for you  to show  support for the library  by –

donating  books (drop them off at the library desk in a bag or box labelled Friends book sale).

buying the books.and DVDs – all in good condition and at bargain prices with £1 for most hardbacks ( and  a maximum of £4), 50p for paperbacks, 40p for children’s books ( or three for £1) and 50p for DVDs.

The sale – at the library -runs from 10.30 to 4pm

The staff restructure – still not there yet

The big piece of news everyone – staff and library users – has been waiting for is the exact shape of the staff restructuring that is due to be introduced in the current year. The restructuring will be comprehensive, going right through all levels of staff. It is driven by the need to make a saving of £750,000 on overall spending on libraries, as decreed by Lambeth Council last year.

With the wage bill by far the largest item in the library budget, it has long been recognised that it will be the major target for cuts in spending. The  question is how will cuts on the staff side affect the service provided at Tate South Lambeth Library. And – connected to this – what roles does Lambeth Council expect volunteers to take on.

So where have we got to?

On September 2nd library management  presented its proposals for restructuring to library employees. The proposals are now out for consultation with employees, lasting through until September 30th and allowing for changes by the Council in response to the feedback. The final terms of restructuring – and the implications for their posts – will be communicated to employees one month later.

Friends are outside this process, but we will be taking a view on the final decision.

What we heard at the TSL library forum on July 13th

The second, quarterly meeting of the library forum was held on one of the hottest days of the year – so all credit to those attending.  The forum provided updates from library management on what has happened at TSL over the past three months and what is planned over the next six– and some positive and negative feedback from local people.

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