Spike hears that the library that provides research material for The Herald group of newspaper, including archived cuttings, is to be almost halved, with two staff being invited to take voluntary redundancy.
It apparently follows outsourcing some of the work the library – now called ‘Media Resources’ – would have been expected to carry out, in advance of a new production system being introduced at The Herald, plus sister titles, the Sunday Herald and Evening Times.
At present, there a three librarians and a manager in the department and it is understood the plan is to have one librarian and one manager.
Currently, the library archives what is printed in each paper into a database which can be internally searched by the editorial staff. It also undertakes research enquiries on behalf of journalists and provides training support in the use of online resources.