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Keep up the fight for libraries at November’s Speak Up For Libraries Conference

Speak up for libraries logoIn March, the Speak Up For Libraries coalition held a rally and lobby of Parliament to focus attention on the severe cuts facing public libraries in the UK and to emphasise the continuing importance and need for public library services.

Many services remain under threat. As a followup to the March event, the coalition (an alliance of organisations and campaigners working to protect libraries and library staff, now and in the future) will hold a conference in central London on 10 November 2012.

The conference is open to all. The day-long event, which will also be joined by authors Philip Ardagh and Bali Rai, will pull together library campaigners and supporters from across the UK and give them the opportunity to build on their existing campaigning skills and tactics, share ideas and strategies, and focus on a way forward to make their local campaign as effective as possible, with the goal of ensuring library services are supported and protected, now and in the future.

As well as providing an update on the state of the UK library service and the extensive work undertaken by campaigners across the UK to protect libraries in the past 12 months, there will be a range of workshop sessions on a variety of topics like law and legal challenges, volunteers, issues like privatisation and outsourcing, influencing decisionmakers, and utilising local support in a community to protect services under threat.

After the success of our Parliamentary lobby day in March, we know that there’s a tremendous groundswell of support for our local libraries. Through this conference, we hope to inspire even more people to Speak Up For Libraries to safeguard them for generations to come.

Full programme and booking details can be found on the Speak Up For Libraries website.


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