Difficulties and Opportunities

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  • The UK national debt is the total amount of money the British government owes to the private sector and other purchasers of UK gilts. UK public sector net debt was £910.1 billion or 60.1% of National GDP
  • Chair of Library Campaign is Brian Hall, also President of CILIP
  • Difficulties and Opportunities

    1. 1. Difficulties & opportunities AGMA Library Seminar 8 July 2011
    2. 2. Politics <ul><li>Coalition government </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ambitious </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not always joined up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>U-turns </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Public sector reform </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Welfare </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Police & Criminal Justice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Defence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Culture </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. £££ <ul><li>National debt </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing public sector costs </li></ul><ul><li>Jobs, pay and pensions </li></ul><ul><li>Union resistance </li></ul><ul><li>Budget pressures leading to library campaigns </li></ul>
    4. 5. <ul><li>Save Our Library </li></ul>
    5. 22. <ul><li>Community Managed Libraries </li></ul>
    6. 26. <ul><li>Takeovers & mergers </li></ul>
    7. 31. <ul><li>The American firm Library Systems Services Inc (LSSI) is targeting eight libraries already and wants to snap up 15% of the market in the next five years. </li></ul><ul><li>The company, backed by powerful US stock market players, believes it can make a profit by redesigning services and cutting costs. </li></ul><ul><li>LSSI is currently wooing authorities with an attractive business model that promises increased community activity and invites Starbucks to set up inside branches. </li></ul><ul><li>Croydon is the latest borough to consider a deal. </li></ul>
    8. 34. <ul><li>Giving money </li></ul>
    9. 39. <ul><li>Giving time </li></ul>
    10. 42. <ul><li>The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. </li></ul><ul><li>The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. </li></ul><ul><li>Winston Churchill </li></ul>

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