UPDATE, June 4, 4.15pm: Reader comment that up to a quarter of the Public Library's current holdings has been "weeded" is firmly rejected by Manager of Library Services, Georgina Davison. "No way!" she says, and reiterates that there is no target figure.
The cull is larger than normal in the lead-up to the introduction of electronic tagging and because it has not been done for a while. She says if shelves look a little empty it is because library staff are waiting for the electronic tagging before putting out new items.
New items are ordered all the time and are reported on in the monthly update to the Town Council. One recent month saw 1200 new items arrive; another, 700. Go to FULL STORY for more.
Work at the town's Public Library is a matter of renewal, not significant change, says the Town Council's Director of Corporate and Community Services, Craig Catchlove. Redevelopment of the library is a long-term high cost item in the council's Municipal Plan but to date, council has not been successful in obtaining funds, despite a number of applications. So instead of a $22m new library, the town is getting a $240,000 refreshed library.
Part of this modest overhaul involves moving the front entrance to the garden facing the river, certainly more attractive than the current 'tradesmen's' entrance that takes library visitors straight past the toilets.
Perhaps of more interest to library users is what will happen inside. The library's holdings are currently being "weeded", always a bit of a worry for booklovers. Will they throw out that precious book that you don't even know you want to read yet but in years to come will be delighted to find on the shelves? Well, maybe. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Photo: This part of a library officer's work will go with electronic tagging of all items being introduced: Felicity Thorne at the circulation desk this week. In the background, visitors use the internet and computer services, one of the ways libraries have changed over the years.