The BBC Student finance calculator above at last provided some good news for those fancying a career in librarianship.  Choose “librarian and related professions” from the options and, assuming one goes for a £9000 loan each year, you will get more than half your debt written off after a mere thirty years.  This is not (and I know this will come as a surprise to few of you) due to some enlightened government policy to encourage literacy and free access to information. Nope, it’s simply because you’re never going to earn enough in the profession to pay it off.  The machinery of the calculator is not clear but one likes to think that it has factored in mass cuts in public services and a move towards paying anyone in public libraries not just low wages but nothing at all, let alone not enough to pay back a loan.  Much of the media is very keen on pointing out the high pay of those in the public sector but always seem to concentrate on Chief Executives and not on the pay of the front-line staff that are being cut… but the BBC student finance calculator doesn’t lie.

(With thanks to @melissaterras) 

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430 libraries (345 buildings and 85 mobiles) currently under threat or closed/left council control since 1/4/11 out of c.4612 in the UK, complete list below. Librarian professional body CILIP forecasts 600 libraries under threat (inc. 20% of English libraries).  The Public Libraries News figure is obtained from counting up all reports about public libraries in the media each day.


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Local News

  • Angus – Council plan library grab – Scotsman.  “Bob Spink, an independent councillor for Arbroath, will challenge Angus Council’s plans to take over the ownership of the library, gifted to the town by a former Provost, as part a major review of the Common Good Funds in the area.”

“Barnet’s gung-ho approach to shoving its libraries into other people’s buildings, whether they want them or not, must also call into question plans approved in July to close North Finchley and Friern Barnet libraries.  They justified the move with plans to open a new library in Artsdepot, an arts centre and theatre atop the local bus station.  While Barnet claims Artsdepot (which gets only a small amount of funding from the council) is “positive about the extra footfall it will create”, when the centre was being built in 2002, a £100,000 consultancy report discussing whether to add a library concluded it would be too expensive.”  Barnet: Library News – Private Eye (via Alan Gibbons).