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Ian Anstice of Public Libraries NewsHi. I’m Ian Anstice, a lover of libraries for as long as I can remember and a professionally qualified librarian (MA Librarianship, Sheffield) since 1994. Since then I’ve worked as librarian and then manager of Winsford Library (and recently also Wharton Library) for Cheshire West and Chester Council. I’ve also been a reference specialist and a special projects officer during this time.  However, none of this website is in any way associated with the Council.  Any views and opinions expressed are my own.

Why am I spending so much time (three hours most nights) on this website? Well, no-one else is doing it in the way I’d want it to be done. As a librarian, I think free access to information, facts and the views of all sides are necessary.  We’re living through the biggest changes to hit public libraries since their inception and it’s a privilege to be able to chronicle it.  My thanks to the many who email in information and, also, to the many that ask for information.  They’re all doing their bit to make libraries better than they would otherwise be and I am happy to be of service.

I’m very happy to do consultancy work (as for the NFWI), public speaking (in conferences such as CILIP Umbrella, ABF and Speak Up for Libraries), articles (as for Politics, National Libraries Day or for CILIP Update), or advice (including Unison, officials from all parts of the UK, councillors of all main parties or for the national Labour Party) and media interviews (including BBC Six O’clock News, Channel Five, Radio Five Live, BBC Radio Scotland).   I am not of any political persuasion.  Bear in mind that I work full-time and so the time I can give may be limited unless expenses and lost earnings are paid.

In this day and age, I am also of course open to job offers.

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  • #1 written by Barbara Sen
    about 4 years ago
  • #2 written by Jane Cabaya
    about 1 year ago

    Dear Mr. Anstice,

    So would like to have you in the U.S.!
    Here’s our plight…
    Byron, MN USA doesn’t have a public library yet. We are 12 miles from the fabulous Rochester Public Library, Rochester, MN, USA, but it’s so busy with little parking that it’s hard to go to. We are a pretty wealthy suburb of mostly Mayo Clinic employees, but taxes are high and we have terrific schools. We need another new school now too.
    Our Byron City Council is considering approval of a bond issue for Fall 2019 for a brand new public library. Our committee is the anchor for this project and we’ve been working for two years!
    If you can give us any special advice we’d appreciate it. Love your devotion to your mission.
    Thank you so much!

    Jane Cabaya (retired area school librarian — many districts around. Set up two new school libraries and put three school libraries on our local system– SELCO.)
    5020 115TH Ave.NW
    Byron, Mn
    507-775-6183, cell 507-251-3819

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