So what did Robert Rams have to say. He decided to give us his views on the "transformation of the library service". He said the following (in this interview http://www.times-series.co.uk/news/8374350._Nothing_ruled_out__says_library_review_supremo/ ) :-
Maybe people could order books online and pick them up at their local supermarket. These are things to look at in the future.Let me explain to Mr Rams how a library works. People go along, they browse, they pick up a book and have a look at it. They may borrow it, they may not. Many young people (victims of the rabbit hutch housing policy in Barnet) visit libraries to work in a peaceful and quiet environment, with a stack of reference books to hand. Children go to the library, find books they like the look of and learn to read using them. Many elderly people (a reasonable proportion of who are sensible Conservative voters) like to visit the library to read papers, borrow large print books (if they have issues reading) and meet friends. Councillors hold serguries for residents at libraries. Local organisations leave information about events.
Mill Hill library is a special place for me. Until the very last weeks of her life, my mother would visit it every Thursday and select large print books. She was 83 and didn't have (or want) a computer. She didn't want to have to get a bus to a supermarket to borrow a book. She liked to read a page or two of a book before she selected it.
Sadly Councillor Robert Rams seems to understand none of this. It would be interesting to see what sort of books he reads (although from what I've seen of him I suspect I really wouldn't). The man is a philistine who seems to think everyone else in Barnet is as ignorant as he is.
It says much about Lynne Hillan that she could appoint the biggest twat in Barnet to be the man responsible for "transforming" the Library service.
Footnote : You may think that I am being rather strong in this blog. I know for a fact how the elderly in Barnet love the library service and I feel that Rams policy is discriminatory (many elderly are not IT literate) and will cause deep anguish. If my mother had still been alive, she'd have been distraught at this policy. Like her boss Lynne Hillan, Robert Rams is completely without compassion. I suspect Lynne approves.