The Speak Up for Libraries Conference in February 2017 is postponed

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Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, the Speak Up for Libraries coalition has taken the decision to postpone the Conference on 18 February 2017. 

We are already planning for the rescheduled event and will release details as soon as they are confirmed.

 

For queries, please email SpeakUp4Libraries@gmail.com

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Speak Up for Libraries Conference in February 2017 to be rescheduled

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Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, the Speak Up for Libraries coalition has taken the decision to postpone the Conference on 18 February 2017. 

We are already planning for the rescheduled event and will release details as soon as they are confirmed.

All tickets already booked for the Conference will be refunded.

 

For queries, please email SpeakUp4Libraries@gmail.com

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Speak Up for Libraries Conference 2017 – Booking now open!

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On 18 February 2017 Speak Up for Libraries will be holding this year’s national conference on public libraries.  It will bring together library campaigners, union members, library users and library workers.

Speak up for Libraries Conference
10am to 4.30pm
18 February 2017
 at UNISON Centre
130 Euston Street
LONDON NW1 2AY

PROGRAMME

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Full details are contained in the brochure, which you can download here.  Speak Up for Libraries Conference 2017

There is also a flyer which you can download, here 

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.  We are offering an Early Bird booking rate of only £20 per person for those who book a place by 18 January 2017.  If places remain after this date they will be at the full price of £25 per person.

All bookings include refreshments and lunch.

Each delegate will choose two workshops when booking.  The options are:

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Please note, if you are booking for someone else, please ensure you know of any special requirements they may have as well as their preference for workshops as this information will be required.  You will also be asked to indicate if the person you are booking for wishes for a group/campaign or organisation to be listed alongside their name, and/or their email address, on the delegate list for the event.

For queries or help to book a place, please call  020 8651 9552 / 07968 491 355 or email SpeakUp4Libraries@gmail.com

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Save the date – Speak Up for Libraries Conference returns early in 2017

Following the success of the conferences in 20122013, 2014 and 2015, plus the Libraries lobby in 2016, Speak Up for Libraries is planning to hold another national conference on Saturday 18 February 2017.

Save the date - 2017 Conf

This will be held in a central London location with good transport links.

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

This is an event open to anyone interested in libraries including library users, library workers and those who campaign for libraries.

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Speak Up for Libraries update

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An update

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CILIP’s new Action Plan 2016-2020 sets the objective of securing the interests of all libraries in national policy through a series of campaigns beginning in 2015 with My Library By Right.

In delivering this policy objective, CILIP has decided to work in parallel with the SUFL coalition to pursue their respective interests rather than as a partner. This will enable both CILIP and SUFL to work independently, able to harness effectively our differing perspectives and approaches to campaigning to the benefit of users.

CILIP acknowledges the great contribution that the other partners in the coalition have and are making to ensuring the future of our public library service.

Speak Up For Libraries has appreciated CILIP’s participation and assistance since the coalition was established in 2012. It has been important that the professional body for library staff has supported the campaign and helped to run our conferences and other events. The ‘My Library By Right’ campaign is a sign that CILIP will still be campaigning on the issues affecting libraries.

SUFL respects CILIP’s decision on how to use their resources in the future. SUFL will continue to campaign around our founding principles and we hope to work with CILIP when the occasion arises. However the urgency surrounding cuts in public library services is unabated and SUFL will do what we all we can to support users and staff of those libraries hit by such cuts and to make the case for a properly funded public library service accountable and run at local level.

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If you are not currently in touch with Speak Up for Libraries, join us on social media and email us to be added to the mailing list for future events and updates.

 

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Speak Up For Libraries is a coalition of organisations and campaigners working to protect libraries and library staff, now and in the future.

Website: www.speakupforlibraries.org

Twitter: @SpeakUp4Libs

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SpeakUpForLibraries

Eventbrite: http://sufl.eventbrite.com

Email: SpeakUp4Libraries@gmail.com

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Lobbying your MP on libraries – the latest

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It’s great to hear that people are having success lobbying their MP on libraries…

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Following on from the Speak Up for Libraries Lobby of Parliament, people continue to  lobby their MP on libraries.

Some of the outcomes and experiences of this are noted as comments on the original post, here.

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And the following response has just been received:

‘Hello fellow library fighters!

My name is Anna and I work as a library assistant at Seaford library for East Sussex County Council. I attended the Speak Up For Libraries rally in February.

Today I met with my MP in Brighton, Caroline Lucas. I provided her with the key lobby message from the rally as well as an inside perspective from frontline staff. I also tried to give a voice to people who rely on the library service but who for different reasons may not be able to speak up for themselves.

Caroline is a friend of our cause and has on several occasions spoken up for libraries.

http://www.carolinelucas.com/latest/standing-up-for-local-libraries

http://www.carolinelucas.com/latest/caroline-holds-an-advice-surgery-at-the-jubilee-library-in-the-north-laine

http://www.carolinelucas.com/latest/emergency-exits-to-other-worlds

She asked if there were any good examples of local library activism and I mentioned that the children in year 5 at one of our local primary schools took it upon themselves to write a letter to the council because they had heard that the opening hours of the library are being reduced.

So there’s hope for the future, basically!’

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Caroline Lucas MP with Anna

If you have a story to share, please let us know!

 

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Website: www.speakupforlibraries.org

Twitter: @SpeakUp4Libs using lobby hashtag #SUFLlobby16

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SpeakUpForLibraries

Eventbrite: http://sufl.eventbrite.com

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Lobbying your MP – outcomes

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We’d love to know how you got on lobbying your MP.

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Whether you managed to meet with your MP today, as part of the Speak Up for Libraries Lobby of Parliament, have arranged to meet with them at another time, or have been in correspondence with them, we know others will be as interested as we are to know the outcome.

For example,

What issues did you raise with your MP?

And, have they acted or promised to take action as a result of your lobbying?

Ideally, please add the details you are happy to share as a comment to this post.

Or you can email us and we will post them up,  if you prefer.

 

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Speak Up For Libraries is a coalition of organisations and campaigners working to protect libraries and library staff, now and in the future.

Website: www.speakupforlibraries.org

Twitter: @SpeakUp4Libs using lobby hashtag #SUFLlobby16

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SpeakUpForLibraries

Eventbrite: http://sufl.eventbrite.com

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Key Lobby Messages #SUFLlobby16

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Key lobby messages

for the lobby of Parliament on 9 February 2016:

 

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You can download a copy but hard copies will be available on the day.
Speak Up Libraries flyer – Key lobby 16 messages

 

Don’t forget to book a place to attend the event to help us cater for numbers and to ensure that you receive updates.

Full details and link to booking are here.

 

 

Other information

Find the EDM here.

Further details of how to lobby your MP here.  This includes important information about security if you are meeting with your MP at The House of Commons.

 

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Website: www.speakupforlibraries.org

Twitter: @SpeakUp4Libs using lobby hashtag #SUFLlobby16

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SpeakUpForLibraries

Eventbrite: http://sufl.eventbrite.com

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Speak up for libraries on 9 February! #SUFLlobby16

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Library user?
Library campaigner?
Library worker?

Join us!

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Please book a free place on Eventbrite to help us cater for numbers and to ensure that you receive any important updates.

Book here: https://sufllobby16.eventbrite.co.uk

The rally is in the Aldersgate Room, Central Hall Westminster, from 10am, for registration and refreshments.

Aldersgate Room
Central Hall Westminster
Storey’s Gate
LONDON
SW1H 9NH


Programme

10am Registration, with tea, coffee and biscuits provided and the chance to network.

11am The rally with speeches, music, videos and information on how to lobby your MP.

The full line up of speakers is:
Eve Ainsworth (Seven Days, The Blog of Maisy Malone) – just launching her latest novel Crush with Scholastic (‘Love hurts… but should it hurt this much?’).

Philip Ardagh, multiple award-winning comic writer and dramatist (the Grubtown Tales, Eddie Dickens & The Grunts series) – Guardian book reviewer and the loudest beard in literature.
Jake Arnott (The Long Firm, He Kills Coppers, truecrime, Johnny Come Home, The Devil’s Paintbrush, The House of Rumour) – the first two made into successful TV serials.
Cathy Cassidy, million selling Queen of Teen award winner (the Chocolate Box Girls series, Looking-Glass Girl) – breaking off from a schools and libraries tour to promote her new paperbacks (Penguin Random House).
John Dougherty, irrepressible children’s writer (the Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face series) – singing by special request his classic lament ‘What’s Wrong with [libraries minister] Ed Vaizey?’
Dawn Finch, librarian, literacy consultant and best-selling author (Skara Brae, Brotherhood of Shades, The Book of Worth) – speaking here as President of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals)
Alan Gibbons, million-selling, multiple award-winning children’s writer (Shadow of the Minotaur, End Game, Hate) – tireless campaigner and international speaker.
Laura Swaffield and Elizabeth Ash, The Library Campaign.
Heather Wakefield, head of local government, UNISON.
Alan Wylie, Voices for the Library.

1pm onwards Delegates will make their way from Central Hall Westminster to the House of Commons to meet with their MPs.  

Details of how to lobby your MP will be recapped on the day but do write to your MP to try to arrange a meeting with them and please check the security requirements also. Full details of how to lobby your MP, including a link to security requirements and a sample letter, can be found here.

Please note: There will be no march as part of the event and no official meet up afterwards.

 

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FAQs

How much does it cost to attend?
Nothing! The event is free but booking helps us cater for numbers and ensures attendees receive updates.
Can I book a place for someone else?
Yes, you can if you have their consent to do so.  You will need their email address though so we can contact them directly with any important updates.

Can I book by phone?
It really helps if you can book via Eventbrite but it is possible to book by phone.

What if the cost of travel is a barrier to attending?
Please get in touch. The Library Campaign may be able to help out with travel costs. UNISON members should contact their local branch about paying for their travel.

Can I bring promotional material for my campaign/library group?
Delegates are welcome to bring along flyers or brochures relating to library campaigns or friends of library groups.  A table will be provided to display these.

We cannot accommodate any stands, displays, advertisements, items for sale or other material. If you are unsure, please get in touch.

Can I bring my own food and drink to consume at the venue?
No. We will be providing tea, coffee and biscuits as part of the event, at no cost to those attending, but it is a condition of booking that any food and drink not provided as part of the booking is not consumed on site.

Wesley’s Cafe, on the lower ground floor, offers a selection of food and beverages and a small cafe is situated at street level.

How do I contact Speak Up for Libraries?
Please call 020 8651 9552 or 07968 491 355, or email speakup4libraries@gmail.com

 

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Speak Up For Libraries is a coalition of organisations and campaigners working to protect libraries and library staff, now and in the future.

Website: www.speakupforlibraries.org

Twitter: @SpeakUp4Libs using lobby hashtag #SUFLlobby16

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SpeakUpForLibraries

Eventbrite: http://sufl.eventbrite.com

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How to lobby your MP #SUFLlobby16

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Not sure how to lobby your MP?

Download our guide here: How to lobby your MP

The draft letter to MP, in Word,  can be downloaded here: How to lobby your MP – letter in word

 

Lobbying your MP

Take the proof of confirmation of appointment to show so that you are not delayed in the queue going through security at the Houses of Parliament.

Without confirmation of an appointment, you can still seek to lobby your MP on the day, but you will use the green card system.  This may require joining a queue to gain entry to the Houses of Parliament and then a wait in Central Lobby after lodging your interest to see your MP via the green card system.

Even if it proves that your MP is not available to meet with you on the day, he or she will receive the card that you complete indicating the reason you sought to meet with them and they should respond to you at a later date.

We will be including a session on lobbying at the rally and we will have stewards in hi-vis jackets at the rally and at the Houses of Parliament, should you need assistance or advice on the day.

Security
Everyone wanting to enter the Houses of Parliament will go through security.  You will not be able to take through any placards or other prohibited items.  For the full guidance, please see:  http://www.parliament.uk/visiting/access/security/

PLEASE book a place to attend the lobby to help us cater for numbers and to ensure that you receive updates. Full details and link to booking are here.

It’s free to attend, but is cost of travel a barrier to you attending?
UNISON members can approach their branch to help with travel costs in the first instance.

The Library Campaign is happy to consider requests from anyone interested in attending who finds the cost of travel a barrier.

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Speak Up For Libraries is a coalition of organisations and campaigners working to protect libraries and library staff, now and in the future.

Website: www.speakupforlibraries.org

Twitter: @SpeakUp4Libs using lobby hashtag #SUFLlobby16

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SpeakUpForLibraries

Eventbrite: http://sufl.eventbrite.com

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