This week, Save Lincolnshire Library campaigners Maurice Nauta and Angela Montague discussed the Lincolnshire campaign with Chie Suga, academic and scholar famed for her knowledge of the UK library scene. Ms Suga is a Lecturer at the School of Library and Information Science, Keio University, Tokyo. After the meeting, she told us:
“On Tuesday I have interviewed to the Lincolnshire campaigners, Angela Montague and Maurice Nauta, about the history and present activities of the campaign. I was deeply impressed by their energy and cool judgement in the difficult situation, and expect their future activities to keep libraries open in Lincolnshire.
“My interview was a part of my academic research about library campaign in UK. Cuts of the public library budget occurs also in my country. It may be a global common problem in our time. I feel the people of my country can learn a lot from your experience in UK, and develop the solution with you.
“We have been asked if we really need public library in this age, and how we will be able to keep them. I can say “Yes”, to the first question, because library is a window to the past and present knowledge of all over the world, and also a safe and relax space for the all of us. I would like to continue to think the answer to the second question with you.”