Thursday, September 30, 2010

Eating humble pie

Another example of a rant by our hero which then has to be modified or withdrawn in the face of the facts (remember the mystery of the vanishing "For a Long Time" post...CoatesWatch has a copy is anyone wants it)
As Coates says he'll take this down, we at CoatesWatch feel it should be preserved for posterity. The interwebs never forget!

The Place Survey has been scrapped

Many apologies-- the information on this entry is wrong. I confused the Place survey with the Taking Part survey. Sorry to all at the DCMS and MLA for what I said. I'll leave this for a few days and then remove the entry. and thank you to the person who has pointed this out... I also confess that I believe the Taking Part survey is producing some really useful information and therefore shall make another entry about it. I am pleased it has not been scrapped. Tim

Following Perkins revelations of the dismal results of this year's Place Survey showing that the British Public are being turned off using their libraries, even though they read more and more, to avoid future embarrassment the DCMS has now scrapped the survey.

Perkins can recall all the failed attempts of the DCMS (and the MLA) to achieve anything at all by their actions over more than a decade-- and here is another to join the miserable scrap heap of expensive incompetence.

And they keep telling us that the Libraries Future programme will solve all problems. Why do we laugh at them?

Posted by Perkins at 10:46 AM | Comments (2)

Please check your facts.

1) The Place Survey collected no data from respondents related to libraries.

2) DCMS are not, and have never been, responsible for the Place Survey. Therefore they cannot scrap it.

Posted by: Esmerelda Buckets at September 26, 2010 3:36 AM

Sincere apologies here. Perkins has confused The Place survey with the Taking Part survey. I am sorry.

Posted by: perkins at September 26, 2010 11:03 AM

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

No false modesty

I wonder if the Association of Independent Libraries know what they have let themselves in for. Coates Watch was alarmed to see that they've invited TC to address their annual conference on the theme of Libraries in a Digital Age. Not one of TC's strengths, one would have thought, and a curious choice of audience for him, since AIL are all private subscription libraries.
His bio (self-penned?) for the programme eschews understatement:
Tim Coates is an author and was head of Waterstone's bookshops in its early years. For the last decade he has become widely known for his pursuit of the improvement of the public library service. For his address to the conference on libraries in the digital age Tim has indicated his intention to use this opportunity to make a major statement on the state of libraries in England and what needs to be done for them to survive and fill a role for future generations.
A major statement, eh? Coates Watch can't wait.