Shannonside librarians balloted in opposition to ‘staffless’ library plans

Librarians across the Shannonside region are being balloted for industrial action on ‘staffless’ library services. The IMPACT trade union believes management plans for a large-scale pilot during evenings and weekends will ultimately lead to completely staffless libraries with sharply limited services to the public. Ballymahon library is one of 23 libraries nationwide to be part…

Librarians across the Shannonside region are being balloted for industrial action on ‘staffless’ library services.

The IMPACT trade union believes management plans for a large-scale pilot during evenings and weekends will ultimately lead to completely staffless libraries with sharply limited services to the public.

libraryBallymahon library is one of 23 libraries nationwide to be part of the pilot.

According to spokesperson Ashley Connolly, this would mean no school visits, no storytelling, no security presence, and none of the hundreds of educational and artistic events that libraries provide throughout the year.

Speaking on Let’s Talk today, Ms Connolly says the services are not just about borrowing books:

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