LONDON LIBRARY SUPPORTER?
YOU’RE NOT ALONE!
On , there’s a special get-together for anyone
supporting public libraries in London. Meet, network, share problems
and ideas. And hear from 2 London library heads of service who know
the issues from the inside. Tea/coffee/biscuits and equipment to make
a presentation if you want to.
Drop in any time .
More information: email@example.com
Venue: Room 416, Birkeck, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX.
NEW – HOW GOOD IS YOUR LIBRARY SERVICE?
Here’s a rare present from the almost-useless DCMS (govt dept that is
supposed to supervise libraries).
Tables that compare library statistics for similar authorities.
In groups of 16…..
Hours of happy fun.
WHAT WE SAID ABOUT ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND
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.
WHAT WE SAID ABOUT PUBLIC LIBRARIES
The Library Campaign’s evidence to the DCMS/DCLG commissioned Sieghart inquiry:
In brief, we said that:
(1) The libraries minister is not doing his job, and is now sabotaging
libraries through his inaction.
(2) The basic problems have been obvious for years. The cuts have now
created an emergency.
(3) Those responsible for libraries have ignored this. The only
relevant work is being done by library users and other non-official
groups in their spare time.
(4) Some local authorities perform far better than others. Urgent
research is needed to find out how. Councils should be encouraged – or
obliged – to adopt efficiencies and avoid closures.
(5) Local branches are vital.
(6) Volunteer-run libraries are not the answer. Even those who run
them have been blackmailed into doing so, and want a proper service
(7) Much could still be done to ease the immediate problems, without
any major reorganisation. We have 10 URGENT proposals.
Read more here
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CIPFA data released and The Library Campaign speak out!
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.
Tweets of the event #SUFLConf13
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?
This has received a lot of attention on social media and in the press.
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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You can also use the News tab above to access this and all previous news items.
For the latest Library News Round-up click HERE
This is a digest of all news items in the press each day, compiled by national library campaigner, Shirley Burnham. This and all previous daily news digests can be accessed by clicking the Libraries in the News tab above.
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.
Campaign Conference 22 October 2011 - reports and documents
Campaign User Handbook - published January 2007