Stuart Glover, Library Services Manager, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Hello everyone, I’m Stuart Glover. I’m a chartered librarian who has worked in public, academic and NHS Libraries as a Library Assistant and Librarian since my Uncle got me my first casual library job back in 1995.
I completed an MA in Information & Library Studies at Loughborough University in 2002 and having spent a few years with my friends in the NHS library service in Northamptonshire (@NHFTNHSLibrary) I made the move to be a Deputy Librarian at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust where I am now the Library Services Manager.
As well as being a CILIP member, I was one of the two main organizers for the large Health Libraries Group conference in 2010 and 2012. I am also an Evangelical Christian (and member of the Librarians’ Christian Fellowship) and currently a very happy fan of Wigan Athletic Football Club!
I hope to be able to give a flavour of the diversity of work in an NHS Library and hope to be able to demonstrate the very real impact that we have in the lives of the local population and the NHS staff that treat them.
The picture here is me…but I very rarely wear a tie let alone a suit!
Please feel free to get in touch and ask me any questions.
I can be contacted at:
But this week, I am @voiceslibrary
Alan Davey, Chief Executive of Arts Council England spoke at the Society of Chief Librarians annual seminar focusing on the future of libraries. During his presentation he commented that libraries need skilled, knowledgeable staff and shouldn’t be replaced by volunteers. It’s very reassuring that he made this comment publicly in a room full of senior public library service managers. It would be interesting to know how many people in that seminar were nodding in agreement with Mr Davey? How many of those senior managers were nodding whilst the public library services they are leading are proposing to introduce volunteer run libraries as a replacement for skilled and knowledgeable staff? If they are nodding in agreement with Alan Davey, then shouldn’t they be standing up and fighting for their public library service and fighting for the library profession in the public sector, rather than having councillors dictate the outcome?
The Society of Chief Librarians are in an ideal position to stand up against the deprofessionalisation and downgrading of the UK’s public library service through reliance on a voluntary workforce. At the same seminar Ed Vaizey stated that he will be maintaining close communications with the SCL. They have the opportunity to make use of the power they have as public library service leaders and champions and can set the agenda, rather than having it set for them.
If the SCL do decide that their member organisations are happy to go down the volunteer libraries route, what message does this give their staff about the SCL’s opinion of their worth, of the library professions worth and are they the right people to be leading the profession in this sector?
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