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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 then also Wharton Library) for Cheshire West and Chester Council. I have since been a Locality Librarian in various areas of the borough. For two years 2017 to 2019, I was co-ordinator – three days per week – for Time To Read North West.  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  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.

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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
    USA
    507-775-6183, cell 507-251-3819

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