Lambeth honours librarian whose job is due to disappear

Written by on February 24, 2016 in Council, Libraries, News - 3 Comments
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Lambeth libraries protesters outside the Carnegie last month

A Lambeth librarian whose job is due to disappear at the end of this month was yesterday (23 February) presented with a Lambeth council award for her outstanding work.

Caroline Mackie is library manager at Carnegie Library in Herne Hill – one of three Lambeth libraries due to be turned into gyms with no library staff.

Her Lambeth Focuses on Citizens award was presented by Lambeth mayor Donatus Anyanwu at a ceremony in the Royal Festival Hall.

“Love Lambeth” staff awards recognise the achievements of staff in six categories.  For the Focuses on Citizens award, members of the public nominate helpful individuals who go an extra mile in providing services.

Twenty-nine nominations were received for the category.  A panel led by Mayor Anyanwu assessed a shortlist of three and chose Caroline Mackie as the winner.

She was praised as “a dedicated and hard-working librarian … incredibly popular with the local community, from parents and toddlers to silver surfers”.

The citation said she had “significantly increased visitors and book issues and, not surprisingly, the library gets a lot of positive feedback from residents”.

Jeff Doorn, chair of the Friends of Carnegie Library, said: “We are all delighted for Caroline, and are determined to keep campaigning so she and her excellent team can continue their good work here”.

About the Author

Alan Slingsby moved to Brixton just as the 1981 uprising began. His nearest pub was the Effra and nearest off licence the Frontline — long gone in an earlier wave of closures of treasured community establishments. He works out of an office in St Matthews and before that the Bon Marché. Has edited newspapers for the National Union of Students and National Union of Teachers. Now makes a living designing magazines and books and anything else people will pay him for.

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