Posts Tagged ‘donostia’

Crisis, savings, economical efficiency, using the personal just like the resources… capitalism? pragmatism, cynicism? some-other-ism?

Everyone everywhere now and always have had the financial problems, bigger or smaller ones: it is very easy to say, that there is not enough of money, that is why things don´t really work like they suppose to. But anyways, is the question more in prioritizing and establishing the “correct” values?

The libraries are among those public services, which are among the first in the list to cut the financing (governmental or municipal – whatever). Budgets are being reduced almost everywhere, in every country, city and village. But then local bosses and politicians are to decide – from what part of the service to cut away.

One (extreme?) example: Koldo Mitxelena library, San Sebastian

Customer service: 16 workers in two shifts (8/8) + Saturday, outsourced

Easy assistant work (disabled persons): 6 workers in two shifts (3/3) + Saturday, outsourced

Reprography: 1 worker, outsourced

Security: 3 workers in two shifts + Saturday, outsourced

Cataloging: 4 workers, outsourced

Office work (administration, direction, cataloging, digitization, inter-library loans etc.): 6 workers, own personnel (more…)


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There are different models of cooperation and working as a one system. For instance, Helsinki Metropolitan Area Libraries – HelMet network – works as one organism, though it includes the city libraries of four different municipalities (Espoo, Helsinki, Kauniainen and Vantaa) with own bosses and own budgets at each unit. There are challenges in coordinating and managing such an organism, but all in all the whole is greater than the sum of its elements, acording synergetics.


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There is no library without rules. But anyways, the level of strictness and user control vary pretty much from library to library, and better to say from country to country: norms are different from the physical access to WiFi availability.

Be quiet in the library! (pic source - bibo.kz)High-end strictness: Russia


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San Sebastian – Donostia public library: to be a trainee.

Central library is in this building. But in the basement :(


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