The news that the County council is prepared to allow all the libraries to stay open should be greeted with "cautious optimism".
Of course it's wonderful to see Keith Mitchell climb down from any decision or revise any policy. But if you read the small print, a lot of libraries are going to be expected to rely on automated check-out for books or staffing by volunteers.
Who is going to volunteer? Who is going to train volnteers? Who is going to decide if volunteers are good enough? (A tricky question as there could be hurt feelings involved). And what can be done if a volunteer does not turn up or does not want to continue in their commitment?
Presumably the volunteers will have to be managed and a great number of them will be needed.
I'm glad I don't have to organize that as I think it will turn out to be a considerable headache.
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