Date announced for Speak Up For Libraries Conference 2015

Plans are underway for our Conference for 2015.

Please put Saturday 14 November 2015 in your diary.

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More details shortly.

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What’s the truth about volunteer-led libraries?

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WHAT IS THE TRUTH ABOUT VOLUNTEER-RUN LIBRARIES?

NOBODY KNOWS….

A few years ago, public libraries run by volunteers were almost unheard of.
But more and more local authorities are turning to the idea.
And more and more local people are taking them on as the only way to ‘save’ them.

They are the single biggest change in decades to this much-valued public resource.
Yet almost nothing is known about them.

How many are there?

A possible estimate is 300* – but there are no official figures.
Many more are in the pipeline, with more transfer plans expected.


What kind of library service do they provide?

Do they work at all?

There has been almost no credible research on the subject.

 

SPEAK UP FOR LIBRARIES SAYS THIS IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

 

With hundreds of libraries becoming ‘community-managed’ – with central government encouragement - it is high time to find out the truth, good or bad.


SUFL wants to hear from anyone with a view about these volunteer-led libraries in the UK, whether they are a volunteer, a library worker or a library user.

  • What works well and what doesn’t?
  • What are the challenges and considerations?
  • What is the impact on the library service and what do you see as the future?

 

The information will be used to inform SUFL’s advocacy.  A summary of the evidence will be published.  All information received will be anonymised unless specific permission has been given to identify the contributor and the names of library or library service.

Please email queries, comments and information to SpeakUp4Libraries@gmail.com

 

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Speak Up For Libraries resource sheet

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This resource sheet is for use by existing campaigners, those thinking of setting up a Friends or Library Campaign group, or by anyone with an interest in the UK Public Libraries sector.

 

It lists links to useful information on topics relating to Public Libraries in the UK.

You can download a copy here: SUFL Resource Sheet – April 2015

 

Support for libraries overdue

 

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Manifesto for Libraries for the General Election 2015

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The Speak up for Libraries alliance is urging people everywhere to make public libraries a central issue in the General Election – and local elections.

 

Support for libraries overdue

 

 

Already, many library services are threatened by, or already experiencing, deep cuts, widespread closures of vital local branches – or the damaging policy of turning them over to volunteers to run.

This is a once-in-five-years chance to make sure central government understands that libraries are a low-cost, essential resource for the work of local councils, and for national agendas such as ‘Digital by Default’ – and deeply valued by local residents and the nation as a whole.

Yet the Government continues to cut the grants given to local authorities, meaning that although libraries are a statutory service, they are often seen as a soft target for savings. Such cuts often save little, but do great damage.

If people wait another five years, their own library could go.

Nationally a postcode lottery will become a reality, with only some communities benefiting from the presence of a council funded and professionally run library.

Libraries remain the lynchpin of communities, offering access to learning, reading, information and enjoyment.

Libraries are, or should be, a trusted public space for everyone.

They play a crucial role in improving literacy standards and in combating the digital divide.

Speak up for Libraries believes that libraries, far from being obsolete, are more important than ever. That is why we are asking the government to make a public commitment to their survival and development.

 

Support for libraries overdue



Speak up for Libraries is asking MPs to sign up to the following manifesto when standing for election:

  • Give libraries a long-term future, with a vision for their future development and clear standards of service.

  • Enforce the commitment in law for local authorities to provide a ‘comprehensive and efficient’ library service. This commitment should also include digital, ICT and e-book services.

  • Acknowledge that libraries are important to individuals and communities – especially in times of hardship.

  • Enforce the duty that local authorities have to properly consult with communities to design services that meet their needs and aspirations.

  • Ensure that local authorities receive sufficient funding in order to deliver properly resourced and staffed library services.

  • Recognise that properly resourced library services contribute to the health and well-being of local communities and of society as  a whole and therefore complement the work of other public services and of national government agendas.

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Download a copy of the manifesto here: SUFL – GENERAL ELECTION 2015 manifesto

 

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NOTES:

2015 Elections - This year there will be a General Election on 7 May; on the same day in England direct elections are to be held in all 36 metropolitan boroughs, 194 second-tier districts, 49 unitary authorities, as well as for various mayoral posts.

Decisions on policy and funding for public libraries in the devolved countries (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) are made by their own assemblies/parliaments. Therefore those seeking election to Westminster will have no say on library provision in their own countries.

Library closures:

- Statistics produced by CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy) show that in the five years up to April 2014, 330 public libraries (including mobile libraries) have been closed.

- Since April 2014, Public Library News reports that 233 static libraries have been put under threat of closure/passing to volunteers. 8 mobile libraries under threat. 11 libraries (3 static and 8 mobile) libraries closed, 9 libraries passed to volunteers. 1 entirely new volunteer-run library. http://www.publiclibrariesnews.com

Local government funding and expenditure:

- There was a 33% real term cut to government funding of local government in England between 2011- 2015 (Comprehensive Spending Review 20112-2015)

- A further 10% cut to Government’s Core Funding of local government in England planned in 2015/2016 (Spending Review 2016-2016)

- Additional funding cuts are widely expected in 2016-2018

In a press release issued by the Local Government Association on announcement of the 2015/2016 Spending review, Sir Merrick Cockell, Local Government Association Chairman, is quoted as saying:, “… the fact remains that some councils will simply not have enough money to meet all their statutory responsibilities. Services such as culture and leisure facilities, school support, road maintenance and growth-related programmes will bear the brunt of these cuts.”
http://www.local.gov.uk/web/guest/media-releases/-/journal_content/56/10180/4044082/NEWS

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Website www.speakupforlibraries.org
Twitter @SpeakUp4Libs
Facebook www.facebook.com/SpeakUpForLibraries

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Views on volunteer-led libraries sought

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Speak Up for Libraries would welcome hearing from anyone with a view about volunteer-led ‘libraries’ in the UK (often called ‘Community Libraries’), whether it be that of a volunteer, a library worker or a library user.

What works well and what doesn’t?

What are the challenges and considerations?

What is the impact on the library service and what do you see as the future?

The information you provide will be used to inform SUFL advocacy and that of its coalition partners.

A summary of the evidence will be published. All information received will be anonymised unless specific permission has been given to identify the contributor and the names of library or library service.

Please email queries, comments and information to SpeakUp4Libraries@gmail.com

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Speak up for Libraries Conference just days away #SUFLconf14

The Speak Up for Libraries Conference is fully booked!

There is a waiting list in operation.

We are at maximum capacity and will be unable to accommodate anyone turning up on the day without a firm booking.  

All delegates have been sent an update today, confirming arrangements for the day.

If you have booked a place and you are unable to attend please let us know so that we can try to offer the place to another on the waiting list.

A room at The Marlborough Arms in Bloomsbury, a short walk from the Conference venue, has been booked for the post conference event, and anyone is welcome to join us.

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 This year’s Speak Up for Libraries  national conference on public libraries is this Saturday, 22 November in central London.  It will bring together local campaigners, union members, library users and library workers – and give them a rare chance to talk directly to the people who make the decisions at national level. This is crunch year for public libraries, with a general election due and two major inquiries – on England and Wales – reporting soon.

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THE LINE-UP

Helen Goodman MP (Labour shadow minister)
Justin Tomlinson MP (Conservative)
The Green Party spokesperson not yet confirmed
LibDem spokesperson not yet confirmed

Sue Charteris, panel member of the Sieghart Review in England
Claire Creaser, chair of the Welsh Review of the Public Library Service

Barbara Band, CILIP President, will open the Conference
Ian Anstice, editor of Public Libraries News, will chair the workshop feedback session
Alan Gibbons, author and library campaigner, will chair the panel debate

 

PROGRAMME

SUFL Conference 14  programme

 

 

 

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JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Facebook: Speak Up for Libraries

Twitter: @SpeakUp4Libs

And the hashtag for this event is #SUFLconf14

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Since 1 April 2013, 693 professionally managed libraries (static or mobile) have already been lost in this way or remain under threat (out a UK total of c.4,265). Yet further damage is predicted as local authorities plan for further significant reductions in their funding.* This has major implications. Public libraries – especially small branches in deprived communities – are a vital resource for families, pre-schoolers, students, older people, benefits claimants, job seekers and all who need internet access, books, information and the essentials for citizenship. Properly staffed public libraries are irreplaceable, and cost very little to run.
  • Statistics produced by CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy) show a net loss of 212 libraries or mobile libraries in the UK in 2011-12, and 71 in 2012-13.
  • Public Libraries News estimates that in 2013-14, 491 libraries (including mobile libraries) were closed, or scheduled for closure, or became volunteer-managed.
  • Since April 2014, Public Libraries News reports that 202 libraries (including mobile libraries) are threatened with closure, have closed or will be handed over to volunteershttp://www.publiclibrariesnews.com
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Speak Up for Libraries Conference – 22 November – Don’t miss out! #SUFLconf14

Places still available, but booking quickly.

Don’t miss your chance to talk directly to the decision makers

 

Click here to book your place.

 

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 Speak Up for Libraries are holding this year’s national conference on public libraries on 22 November in central London.  It will bring together local campaigners, union members, library users and library workers – and give them a rare chance to talk directly to the people who make the decisions at national level.

This is crunch year for public libraries, with a general election due and two major inquiries – one on England due soon and on Wales, just out.

 

After the close of the early bird booking on 24 October there are only a few remaining places available before maximum capacity is reached, so don’t delay booking. 

 

THE LINE-UP

Helen Goodman MP (Labour shadow minister)
Justin Tomlinson MP (Conservative)
The Green Party spokesperson TBA
Lib Dem spokesperson TBA

Sue Charteris, panel member of the Sieghart Review in England
Claire Creaser, chair of the Welsh Review of the Public Library Service

Barbara Band, CILIP President, will open the Conference
Ian Anstice, editor of Public Libraries News, will chair the workshop feedback session
Alan Gibbons, author and library campaigner, will chair the panel debate

 

PROGRAMME

Full details are contained in the brochure, which you can download here. SUFLconf14 leaflet

Please download and share copies for those not online, to help spread the word.

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BOOKING

Book your place online on our Eventbrite page.

All bookings include refreshments and lunch.

£25 per person.

For queries or help to book a place, please call  020 8651 9552.

 

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JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Facebook: Speak Up for Libraries

Twitter: @SpeakUp4Libs

And the hashtag for this event is #SUFLconf14
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Since 1 April 2013, 693 professionally managed libraries (static or mobile) have already been lost in this way or remain under threat (out a UK total of c.4,265). Yet further damage is predicted as local authorities plan for further significant reductions in their funding.* This has major implications. Public libraries – especially small branches in deprived communities – are a vital resource for families, pre-schoolers, students, older people, benefits claimants, job seekers and all who need internet access, books, information and the essentials for citizenship. Properly staffed public libraries are irreplaceable, and cost very little to run.
  • Statistics produced by CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy) show a net loss of 212 libraries or mobile libraries in the UK in 2011-12, and 71 in 2012-13.
  • Public Libraries News estimates that in 2013-14, 491 libraries (including mobile libraries) were closed, or scheduled for closure, or became volunteer-managed.
  • Since April 2014, Public Libraries News reports that 202 libraries (including mobile libraries) are threatened with closure, have closed or will be handed over to volunteershttp://www.publiclibrariesnews.com
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Early bird booking for #SUFLconf14 closes on Friday 24 October

The early bird booking rate, just £20 per person,  closes on Friday 24 October.

Click here to book your place.

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 Speak Up for Libraries are holding this year’s national conference on public libraries on 22 November in central London.  It will bring together local campaigners, union members, library users and library workers – and give them a rare chance to talk directly to the people who make the decisions at national level. This is crunch year for public libraries, with a general election due and two major inquiries – on England and Wales – reporting soon.

THE LINE-UP

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

Barbara Band, CILIP President, will open the Conference
Ian Anstice, editor of Public Libraries News, will chair the workshop feedback session
Alan Gibbons, author and library campaigner, will chair the panel debate

 

PROGRAMME

programme

Full details are contained in the brochure, which you can download here. Speak Up for Libraries Conference 2014

Please download and share copies for those not online, to help spread the word.

 

BOOKING

Book your place online on our Eventbrite page.

All bookings include refreshments and lunch.

We are offering an Early Bird booking rate of only £20 per person  for those who book a place by 24 October.

If places remain after this date they will be at the full price of £25 per person.

For queries or help to book a place, please call  020 8651 9552.

 

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JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Facebook: Speak Up for Libraries

Twitter: @SpeakUp4Libs

And the hashtag for this event is #SUFLconf14
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Since 1 April 2013, 693 professionally managed libraries (static or mobile) have already been lost in this way or remain under threat (out a UK total of c.4,265). Yet further damage is predicted as local authorities plan for further significant reductions in their funding.* This has major implications. Public libraries – especially small branches in deprived communities – are a vital resource for families, pre-schoolers, students, older people, benefits claimants, job seekers and all who need internet access, books, information and the essentials for citizenship. Properly staffed public libraries are irreplaceable, and cost very little to run.
  • Statistics produced by CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy) show a net loss of 212 libraries or mobile libraries in the UK in 2011-12, and 71 in 2012-13.
  • Public Libraries News estimates that in 2013-14, 491 libraries (including mobile libraries) were closed, or scheduled for closure, or became volunteer-managed.
  • Since April 2014, Public Libraries News reports that 202 libraries (including mobile libraries) are threatened with closure, have closed or will be handed over to volunteershttp://www.publiclibrariesnews.com
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Speak Up for Libraries Conference 2014 bookings open

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PUBLIC LIBRARIES –

THE GRASSROOTS MEET THE DECISION-MAKERS

On 22 November Speak Up for Libraries will be holding this year’s national conference on public libraries. It will bring together local campaigners, union members, library users and library workers – and give them a rare chance to talk directly to the people who make the decisions at national level. This is crunch year for public libraries, with a general election due and two major inquiries – on England and Wales – reporting soon.

Speak Up For Libraries Conference 2014 will have spokespeople from the three major political parties and the two report panels. It is vital that decision makers understand the real effects of their policies at local level. Already public libraries are suffering unprecedented damage. Government-imposed cuts to local authority funding have – too often – been unthinkingly applied to cut services, close essential local branches or pressure volunteers to take on services previously provided by expert staff.

The conference will be structured to enable people to network and discuss their ideas, before engaging directly with the speakers.

Speak up for Libraries Conference
10am to 4.30pm
22 November 2014
at CILIP
7 Ridgmount Street

LONDON
WC1E 7AE

THE LINE-UP

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

Barbara Band, CILIP President, will open the Conference
Ian Anstice, editor of Public Libraries News, will chair the workshop feedback session
Alan Gibbons, author and library campaigner, will chair the panel debate

 

PROGRAMME

programme

Full details are contained in the brochure, which you can download here. Speak Up for Libraries Conference 2014

Please download and share copies for those not online, to help spread the word.

 

BOOKING

Book your place online on our Eventbrite page.

Places are limited so don’t delay booking.

All bookings include refreshments and lunch.

We are offering an Early Bird booking rate of only £20 per person  for those who book a place by 24 October.

If places remain after this date they will be at the full price of £25 per person.

For queries or help to book a place, please call  020 8651 9552.

 

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JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Facebook: Speak Up for Libraries

Twitter: @SpeakUp4Libs

And the hashtag for this event is #SUFLconf14
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Since 1 April 2013, 693 professionally managed libraries (static or mobile) have already been lost in this way or remain under threat (out a UK total of c.4,265). Yet further damage is predicted as local authorities plan for further significant reductions in their funding.* This has major implications. Public libraries – especially small branches in deprived communities – are a vital resource for families, pre-schoolers, students, older people, benefits claimants, job seekers and all who need internet access, books, information and the essentials for citizenship. Properly staffed public libraries are irreplaceable, and cost very little to run.
  • Statistics produced by CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy) show a net loss of 212 libraries or mobile libraries in the UK in 2011-12, and 71 in 2012-13.
  • Public Libraries News estimates that in 2013-14, 491 libraries (including mobile libraries) were closed, or scheduled for closure, or became volunteer-managed.
  • Since April 2014, Public Libraries News reports that 202 libraries (including mobile libraries) are threatened with closure, have closed or will be handed over to volunteershttp://www.publiclibrariesnews.com
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2014 Speak up for Libraries conference date announced.

After the success of their 2013 conference Speak up for Libraries are planning to hold another one on Saturday 22/11/14. The venue will be CILIP HQ in Central London.

Speakers and a full programme will be announced shortly, so put the date in your diaries and watch this space.

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