ESSEX LIBRARY SERVICE DROP-IN SESSIONS

    Please see the below for the update from Essex County Council.

    They are in Stansted, week commencing 7 January and will be available each time the library is open which are:

    Tuesday 9.00am – 1.00pm
    Wednesday 2.00pm – 5.00pm
    Thursday 2.00pm – 6.00pm
    Saturday 9.30am – 5.00pm

    They say the purpose of the sessions is to provide information, not to gather feed back however this an important opportunity to show that our community really value having an accessible library service in the village so we would encourage as many of you as possible to drop-in during one of the sessions.

    Over 1,000 people have signed the change.org petition protesting against the closure of Stansted Library, which is amazing considering the size of the village. However, this alone will not carry much weight with ECC; what will influence their decision are responses to the consultation survey at https://libraries.essex.gov.uk/libraries-consultation/

    The deadline for completing the survey is 20 February 2019. If you haven’t yet completed the survey please do so as soon as possible.

     Essex Library service statement

    Based on feedback and experience so far, we are changing our approach to the information drop ins at libraries about the future library services consultation.

    Instead of just one two- or four-hour slot, we are offering a week at each of the remaining libraries during which people can drop in any time it is open to ask questions and find out what the strategy is about. Once they’ve done so, if they want help to access the survey, library staff can provide it.

    We’re making the change because feedback so far has shown that people want to be able to drop in at times convenient to them, including weekends and evenings. In some locations lots of people want to find out about the consultation. In smaller libraries, this could pose a serious risk to health and safety if a lot of people arrive at once and mean that some people leave frustrated that their expectations haven’t been met.

    We also want to ensure that people who might need help to access the information or the survey, have the time and space to do so; with a large number of people at once, this is difficult to do.

    Please note that the purpose of the drop-ins is to provide information, not to gather feedback.  We are asking everybody to respond to the consultation via the survey, preferably online, as this is the most efficient and accurate way to ensure their views are recorded and heard.