“But our employees have dropped from 22 to two” – Corriere.it

“But our employees have dropped from 22 to two” – Corriere.it
“But our employees have dropped from 22 to two” – Corriere.it

In 2005, there were 145 employees at the Braidense National Library, 22 of whom were librarians, 44 employees in 2020 while there are now 33 of which two librarians. The article could end here. Attention, when skating on thin ice you could dance, and we dance, says the director of Brera James Bradburne, presenting the next initiatives and sounding the alarm on the situation of libraries that, everywhere in this country, they are at risk of closure. In particular, those aggregated to the great state museums such as the Braidense, the Estense of Modena, the Reale of Turin and the Pilotta of Parma suffer: the museums are 400 and for politicians they count more. Libraries are outside the tourist logic to which cultural heritage has been linked in recent decades, this has corrupted the world of museums – says Bradburne -. The importance of a museum is not in the numbers of entrances. Braidense users were 250,000 per year pre-Covid; now you can enter in very limited numbers by booking online. In some state archives, reservations go from month to month.

Net of the indictments of the trade unionists of other institutions – why don’t they check the work done by the culture ministers during smart working? Why don’t they deal with the difference in attitude towards citizens between non-top employees of public and private institutions? – the solution is not only the increase of personnel, but which personnel. Thousands of people have to be hired independently, locally, not through national competitions. It takes autonomy in human resources. Minister Dario Franceschini and directors Salvatore Nastasi and Massimo Osanna are informed, but no one is under any illusions: libraries do not bring votes and there is no hope of any political force. Indeed, if money arrives it is for bizarre digital transformations that complicate the situation. In Italy it became impossible to study. In fact, young people, as can be seen from the degree theses, no longer study.

Prutscher donations will be cataloged next year, illustrated books from the early 1900s, Rizzardi, contemporary artist books, the 257 of the Adler scientific collection, children’s books: but there are two librarians and zero shelves. In Book-city the Braidense will show the works in progress with its four publishers (Scalpendi, Corraini, Brioschi and Marsilio), on 25 November, Emilio Isgr doner to the library the work Cinque Maggio canceled at the end of the Napoleonic year (will remain exposed until 9 January) while from 2 to 31 December there will be the exhibition Object book. Then three exhibitions for 2022: Military architecture; from 4 May The idea of ​​the Library developed with the scholars of the Umberto Eco Center in Bologna (why not involve scholars and its Milanese publishers?) and, from 22 September, Steinberg closely. Personally, I would not let Braidense miss an exhibition on Antonio Canova in the bicentenary year.

The Councilor for Culture, Tommaso Sacchi, also focuses on the relaunch of libraries: The Milanese library networks are important and widespread, are civic places par excellence. In 2022 I would like to hold a National Library Forum here in Milan, with councilors for culture from European capitals for a reflection on the subject.

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November 12, 2021 | 07:29



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