The wording below comes from the Cambridgeshire County Council website. It is vitally important that as individuals and groups we respond to the various consultations, as the impact on the Library and Archive service is very far reaching indeed:
Review of Library Service - Public Library Consultation:
CCC - Review of Library Service - Public Library Consultation: Please click on the link to access the online survey
The Council had planned to have to save £41 million next year but recent Government announcements now mean the Council has to find an extra £5-£11million, depending on Council Tax.
Since 2012, the Library Service has saved £2.5million and now needs to save a further £0.5million.
Previously, savings have been made from back office support, management costs, a more self-service approach, some service reductions and other efficiencies across the service. Now, we have to make some tough decisions and we are asking people for their opinions about the options facing us.
For each of the 2016/17 proposals we have sought to:
Continue to enable the four key themes of our long term strategy
Minimise the adverse impact on library customers
Maintain the ability for partners to deliver services from our larger libraries
Maximise the opportunity to generate income
Proposals include a combination of reducing opening hours at larger libraries, reducing management and professional staff and spending less on new library stock. Other options are still being discussed by the Council (in particular, budget proposals for the Mobile Library Service). Although current options do not include transferring the running of any of the 32 libraries to the community this may still be an option the following year when further savings are needed. We will consult on any future proposals in due course.
We are keen to continue to engage with stakeholders and if any groups would like to discuss their ideas for the future with us (This is a link to a CCC email address), please contact us. Thank you.
Cambridge Central Library Opening Hours Survey:
This CCC survey not only covers the Cambridge Central Library opening hours, but also asks opinions on Stock. It asks the following questions:
We would welcome your feedback on the Cambridgeshire Libraries proposals for the library stock fund.
We intend to save £200,000 from the £800,000 stock fund next year. The library stock fund is currently spent in the following way (approximate percentage of total spend): Adult stock - 38% Audio visual (DVDs, CDs etc) - 4% Children’s stock - 19% eBooks, eAudio books - 14% Hardcopy newspapers and magazines - 4% Local Studies resources - 1% Online reference resources - 14% Other - 6%
In future, how should we spend our stock fund? and it asks you to rate all the items as either: Spend less - Spend the same - Spend more
It then asks: What stock do you most value? Please rank (with 1 being the most and 8 being the least valued)
Please do complete this survey, you can download the pdf below
Public Library consultation surveys (print friendly):