As always, it’s a rare chance to talk directly to the people who make the decisions at national level.
This year, SUFL are structuring the event to make sure delegates can network and discuss their ideas, then have a general feedback session, before engaging directly with the speakers.
SUFL 2014’s line-up puts the spotlight on the major issues that make this a crunch year for public libraries – next year’s general election, and the two major inquiries (on England and Wales) due to report soon.
It is vital that decision makers understand the real effects of their policies at local level. This is your chance to tell them!
Cost: just £20 for a full day with lunch and refreshments (£25 after 24 October). Open to all. (TLC will consider paying travel expenses for paid-up TLC members who have a long way to travel).
Helen Goodman MP (Labour shadow minister)
Justin Tomlinson MP (Conservative)
LibDem spokesperson TBA
Sue Charteris, panel member of the Sieghart Review in England
Claire Creaser, chair of the Welsh Review of the Public Library Service
Ian Anstice, Editor, Public Libraries News
Barbara Band, CILIP President
Alan Gibbons, author and library campaigner
Book a place online http://SUFLconf14.eventbrite.co.uk or telephone 020 8651 9552
Full details and updates can be found at www.speakupforlibraries.org
The hashtag is #SUFLconf14
SPEAK UP FOR LIBRARIES
SUFL is a coalition of organisations and campaigners working to protect libraries and library staff:
Elizabeth Ash – library campaigner;
Campaign for the Book – established by author and educational consultant, Alan Gibbons;
Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP) – the leading professional body
The Library Campaign – the national charity supporting friends and users of libraries;
UNISON – the biggest union in the UK for library and culture services;
Voices for the Library – campaigning organisation, sharing positive stories about public libraries and librarians, and providing factual information about library usage in the UK.