CAMDEN Council staff are bound by their contracts not to speak to the press – everything has to go through the control of the press and communications office. Of course, we all know that in practice this isn’t the case and journalists value private briefings about what goes on behind closed doors from those happily assured that their identities will not be revealed.
As the row over the future of Camden’s libraries rumbles on – the idea of closing Swiss Cottage Library is on the table today – you might wonder if the librarians working in the borough would like to have their say. The rules schmules say they can’t do that on the record without a chaperone, but this poster/flier (see below) has been floating through cyberspace and landed in the newspaper’s dropbox this week. It is apparently a genuine document prepared for the recent national day of action in defence of libraries across the country, revealing the fears held behind the shelves by some worried staff. There is a long fight to be had here.