Staff cuts hit library upturn

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Cutbacks in library staff could undermine a slight upturn in investment in the sector, according to Bob McKee, chief executive of the Library Association.</p><p>

The Annual Library Statistics 2000 report compiled by the Library &amp; Information Statistics Unit (LISU) at Loughborough University showed that investment in public libraries stabilised in 1999 after a decade of decline. However, spending on staff has fallen dramatically over the past two years.</p><p>
Total book expenditure by libraries in the UK was &pound;92m in 1999, an increase of 1.5% on 1997&ndash;98 and the first incr...

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