Li­brar­i­ans skilled

The Press - - Perspective -

Vic Smith (Dec 6) and other cor­re­spon­dents be­lieve they have the skills of a re­tired li­brar­ian. Per­haps they too have led large

or­gan­i­sa­tions in Christchurch and na­tion­ally, man­aged bud­gets of mil­lions of dol­lars, su­per­vised build­ing projects, man­aged the con­flict­ing ex­pec­ta­tions of in­flu­en­tial or­gan­i­sa­tions, su­per­vised staff in the hun­dreds, and kept li­braries rel­e­vant in the dig­i­tal world. Do they think that any ran­dom per­son can work as a li­brar­ian? Or am I hear­ing yet again the hoary old stereo­type of the ag­ing li­brar­ian who can only say shush?

Sue Suther­land is a dy­namic woman of many skills and I am sure her re­port will pro­vide value to the coun­cil. I sug­gest that Vic and friends pop into their lo­cal li­brary and dis­cover the vi­brant, help­ful, di­verse staff ded­i­cated to pub­lic ser­vice.

Gil­lian Calvert


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