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Tuesdays 16:00-16:30
Intelligent and entertaining conversation about business, money, technology and workplace issues.

Presented by Heather Payton, each programme picks up on trends and returns to stories that have moved out of the headlines.
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Tuesday 8 February 2005

Libraries

If like many people, you spent a large part of your formative years in the local library it may dismay you to hear that in the past two decades our book borrowing has halved - down from 600m volumes a year to just 300m. Lots of the chores we used libraries for have now been replaced by the internet. And these days our culture of ownership, combined with steep falls in the price of books, have meant that, for many people, libraries have become an irrelevance.

In Shoptalk last year we talked about how the surge in book club membership has saved some libraries. But what else can they do? Perhaps the answer is to learn the tricks of the retail trade. We hear about the libraries that have become Idea Stores and stay open as long as supermarkets.

Also, how can libraries respond to the internet and the push to put books online? If you can get the information that you want, wherever you happen to be, why would you visit a library? And if you don't, what use will all that public space be put to?

Guests:

Andrew Stevens
Museums, Libraries & Archives Association

Tim Coates
Ex boss of Waterstones who investigated the state of libraries in Hampshire for the Libris Trust

Lynne Brindley
Chief executive, The British Library

Fabio Selmoni
European sales director, Google

Heather Wills
Tower Hamlets

Kate Jury
Oxford University Press

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