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Speak Up for Libraries Conference
- Saturday, 14 November 2015
The ticket sales have launched, with an early bird booking rate of just £20, applicable to all bookings made by 9 October.
There will be a session discussing the pros and cons of volunteers in libraries and another preparing for the Q and A with the Paul Blantern and Kathy Settle from the Leadership for Libraries Taskforce.
And to round off the day, you’ll get to hear from John Dougherty, who has promised to bring along his guitar.
What’s not to like?
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Ed Vaizey MP wants to know what we think about culture, and how the government could… er… support it!
CILIP’s 2015 Libraries Change Lives awards finalists announced.
Read more here.
Super-librarian Ned Potter has come up with some great statistics, and
some great ways to present them.
Post grad student seeks experiences of those defending public libraries
If you are defending your library service, postgraduate student, David Taylor, would love to speak with you. For full details, see http://www.librarycampaign.com/post-grad-student-seeks-experiences-of-those-defending-public-libraries/
What is going on with Lincolnshire Libraries, back in the High Court?
What appeared to be a simple case is now rolling into day three. It’s a nail-biter, says the Chair of The Library Campaign, with a decision expected early next week.
Read her account to date, here.
The role of FOI requests in campaigns
Have you used Freedom of information (FOI) requests in your campaigning work on libraries? A student, undertaking postgraduate research at University College, London, is keen to gain your views. Click here, for more info.
Judicial Review challenge of DCMS’s failure to investigate Sheffield library closures
Public Interest Lawyers would like to hear from individuals or campaign groups who have contacted the DCMS, asking for them to consider an inquiry into local library services. Read more here.
Help Save Walkley Library in Sheffield.
Postgrad research into the use of FOI by campaign groups.
Can you help?
Click here, for more information.
If you care about Shropshire libraries, get in touch!
A new campaign group seeks members and supporters. Find out more here.
Welsh libraries update
Wales have released guidance on volunteer managed libraries and where they sit within statutory library provision. Read more and download the report here.
There are still places available for a Campaign Workshop being run in Birmingham on 26 June 2015. Full details here.
The Library Campaign AGM is fast approaching…
We are currently looking for a suitable venue in London for a date in July. Details shortly. Could you offer help or are you considering standing as a Trustee? Please get in touch. We would welcome any offers of help and are particularly keen to encourage new Trustees to join us to strengthen and develop what we can achieve as a charity.
Ed Vaizey MP accepts challenge from Alan Gibbons to debate on the subject of Public Libraries
The Library Campaign have offered to facilitate the debate. Watch this space for details.
Ian Anstice meets with Private Eye
…and the discussion naturally turns to the plight on public libraries and their value. Read Ian’s account here.
Libraries Matter! – Election questions
A page from our latest member magazine, reproduced here, along with links to other useful resources from Speak Up for Libraries, Voices for the Library and CILIP – the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, in the run up to the general election.
Be there for libraries. The Library Campaign believes that National Libraries Day 2015 delivers an important message. Let’s make 2015 the year we make a difference for libraries.
Laura Swaffield, Chair of The Library Campaign, speaks out on the decision taken on libraries in Lincolnshire.
About 100 people packed the room for the first-ever public discussion of the Sieghart report (in the House of Commons, hosted by the All-Party parliamentary group for libraries, on 14 January). Laura Swaffield, Chair of the Library campaign, reports…
The long-awaited independent report on England’s public libraries is out, after sitting on ministers’ desks for over two months…
Sheffield’s libraries need your help. All they ask is a minute or two to send a letter to libraries minister Ed Vaizey in a last-ditch plea
to make him intervene. They’ve even provided a template letter (though many will want to add
a few words of their own…) You don’t have to live in Sheffield to care about this. It concerns us all.
The Sieghart report on public libraries has sat on the minister’s desk for over a month. No sign of publication.
Maybe it’s because the minister (Ed Vaizey) is waiting until he can publish it alongside news of what he’s going to do about it. Maybe.
For action is urgently needed – and it’s perfectly possible, William Sieghart stressed ….
Congratulations to Friends of Deeping Library in Lincolnshire, who have at last got their Executive Member for Libraries, Nick Worth, to admit that local people are not ‘willing’ volunteers. Read more…
Save the Children, working with a coalition of charities and organisations has released a new report on literacy. The Read On. Get On. campaign has been launched, tackling childhood poverty through improved literacy, with the aim that every child will ‘read well’ at age 11 by 2015. The Library Campaign believes libraries have a vital role to play to achieve this target.
Newsflash from Lincolnshire, where brilliant campaigners had to mount a judicial review as the only way to make the county reconsider its drastic pan to close most of its libraries – and offer them to volunteers to run. This despite overwhelming opposition to the plan when they consulted on it. If you can call it consulting… Read more
Unhappy birthday, 1964 Act!
50 years ago, public libraries got solid support – official, by law. Or so we thought…
Helen Goodman MP is consulting – but with whom?
The consultation closes of 30th June and The Library Campaign are digging deeper. Find details here of the consultation. We’ll add details of how we get on when we get a response but The Library Campaign are committed to holding Helen Goodman to account for her claims of consultation. Watch this space.
This event was open to all. Read the report of the AGM. And read the details of the open meeting, including a list of priorities. We’d love to hear what you think so please leave your comments. Click here to view and comment.
Click here to donate: http://savelincslibraries.org.uk/donate/
Have candidates in your area signed up?
Has your local councillor, standing for election, signed up to the Speak Up for Libraries manifesto? Read more here.
Sieghart Inquiry – our submission
The Library Campaign submitted evidence to the DCMS/DCLG commissioned Sieghart inquiry. To see a summary of the points we made, and to see the full submission, click here.
The Library Campaign’s evidence to the Commons select committee on the work of ACE (now supposed to be looking after libraries). In brief, we said that: (1) libraries aren’t a good fit with ACE’s overall work & thinking and (2) even allowing for that, its initial performance has been a disaster for libraries. Click here for the evidence submitted.
Download the report for your library authority here.
First thoughts from our Chair, Laura Swaffield, post conference. What do you think? What do YOU see as the next steps for the fight for libraries? Please add your comments to this post. Photos and videos Tweets of the event #SUFLConf13 Reports by Ian Anstice on Public Libraries News Original Press Release
Do it yourself libraries here.
Read The Library Campaign’s briefing paper for the Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group here.
The Conference will take place in London on Saturday, 23rd November – 10am to 4.30pm and is open to all.
National Libraries Day 2014 announced! #NLD14
National Libraries Day on Saturday, 8th February, 2014 at the end of a week long celebration of libraries across the country. Read more here.
The Library Campaign and national library campaigners highlight the decimation of library services as the DCMS watches on, failing to act.
A necessary step or not the time for such an exercise?
Read the report and our comment. We’d love to hear what others think.
Dan Jarvis MP calls for action NOW on libraries
In reply, Justin Tomlinson MP says act NOW on libraries
Are we fussed who calls for action, or more concerned that action IS taken?
Laura Swaffield, chair of The Library Campaign, says it’s time to stop arguing and call for ACTION. She has presented this list to the Society of Chief Librarians. Comments – and additions – please!
Controversy surrounds the negative statistics used to launch of Bookmark Your Library website which aims to promote libraries in the UK. Read more here.
Laura Swaffield, Chair of The Library Campaign, and children’s author Alan Gibbons debated libraries on Radio Utopia. Listen again here.
SCL announces ‘Universal Offers’ for libraries
Read the details here and give us your thoughts.
Find out press release here.
Hear Debbie Hicks from The Reading Agency, Biddy Fisher, past President of CILIP and Ed Vaizey MP on Radio 4 at 23.42 minutes here.
ACE Community Libraries Report
The Arts Council has published a report looking at how communities are getting involved in the running and management of local libraries. Read it HERE along with our press release.
Read our press release here.
And comment from the Nicky Morgan, Director, Libraries at Arts Council England here.
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Find CIPFA data for your authority here.
A resounding success with actions planned for the future. Read all about it
Lobby of Parliament 13 March 2012
The Library Campaign is supporting this lobby and encourages all supporters of libraries to take part. You can sign up at the Speak Up for Libraries page. If your local group wants space to explain your situation email by Friday 9 March.