I keep getting this idea after filling in the CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) rebrand survey that we’re in a Pushmi Pullyu situation with public libraries.
Arts Council England’s aim is to support the development of library strategy in England and they focus on them as cultural and arts spaces.
CILIP represents librarians and library workers and its been suggested in their proposals for a new name that library staff can be covered by the phrase “information professional”.
I do agree with the idea that libraries can be cultural spaces and that library workers do work with information, but that’s not all they focus on, as is illustrated by the fact that both organisations in this instance have ideas at odds to each other.
This post might be of interest too – The Purpose Of A Library?
But then again it might not.