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Unstaffed libraries: at what cost? – Warfield

26 September, 2016 - by Fintan Warfield

Sinn Féin Seanad spokesperson for the arts, LGBTQI rights and youth affairs Senator Fintan Warfield has warned against the removal of staff and services from public libraries. Speaking at yesterday’s protest by staff at dlr LexIcon library, Dún Laoghaire, Senator Warfield urged the public to express their support for library staff and for the protection of our library services. 

Senator Warfield said: 

“Unstaffed libraries undermine, devalue and threaten the recognised place of libraries as social, cultural, educational and economic focal points. 

“Few other spaces can boast such a diversity of service. 

“Unstaffed libraries will undoubtedly facilitate increased opening hours but will not increase accessibility in areas of programming, classes, exhibits, and workshops, and may signal further staff reductions in the cultural sphere. 

“Libraries in the absence of staff will begin to erode the very service they provide. 

“I encourage people to express their support for staff at dlr LexIcon library and for the protection of our library services.”

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