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Campaigners plan London libraries march

Planning for a London rally in support of libraries will get underway this month, after the idea of holding a day of national action gained favour with campaigners at the Library Campaign conference last month.

The demonstration, aimed to put pressure on the government to intervene over library closures, could include a read-in at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. A march on Downing Street was another option mooted at the conference. The event is likely to take place in February, close to National Library Day, which has already been confirmed for 4th February.

The Library Campaign will hold an initial planning meeting on 19th November with other involved parties, including Voices for the Library, which co-organised last month's conference.

One of those backing the rally plan is Mar Dixon, the Shropshire ICT lecturer whose "savelibraries" hashtag remains active on Twitter 10 months after it was first created. Dixon said she had a "fantastic" response from Twitter followers after mentioning the rally idea on the microblogging site. 

She said: "Library people, literary festivals and children's publishers all came forward. Within a couple of hours I could have guaranteed 10/15 authors who would have shown up." 

She added she felt some inspiration from the Occupy Wall Street movement. She said: "We don't have money, we can't do billboards or ads, but we can come together in numbers, and it does make a difference. We need answers [from the government] and we get tired of being told we can't have them." 

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You may be interested to know that 54,180 #savelibraries tweets have now been archived since August 2010. http://bit.ly/savelibrariestweets

Great to see so many people tweeting in defence of libraries. :-)

A great idea! A march in London taking the protest directly to the door of the decision makers, they wont be able to ignore us now! - www.dontprivatiselibraries.blogspot.com

Thanks for that info Gary, great indeed to see so many people tweeting in defence of libraries. Can we call on all those tweeters to sign the WI Libraries Petition to help it on its way.
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/1269

Of course we must do all we can to save our libraries and,if it's humanly possible, we'll be there in the march BUT....no-one listened when a million people protested the war with Iraq.

In the end, it's about the money. With all our brains together, can't we think of an overall strategy which any authority could apply to save money yet keep libraries?

Hillingon have managed this and continue to improve their libraries and their readership figures. Why not propose their scheme?

Of course our individual Library Services are going to fight this scheme tooth and nail as it reduces head office power (though CILIP should not be too worried as it redeploys rather than discards posts).

If we all got together to push for this or some other imaginative solution, that's when we might ...just...persuade the purse-holders that there is another way.

February will be too late for many of us.

You may be interested to know that 54,180 #savelibraries tweets have now been archived since August 2010. http://bit.ly/savelibrariestweets

Great to see so many people tweeting in defence of libraries. :-)

A great idea! A march in London taking the protest directly to the door of the decision makers, they wont be able to ignore us now! - www.dontprivatiselibraries.blogspot.com

Thanks for that info Gary, great indeed to see so many people tweeting in defence of libraries. Can we call on all those tweeters to sign the WI Libraries Petition to help it on its way.
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/1269

Of course we must do all we can to save our libraries and,if it's humanly possible, we'll be there in the march BUT....no-one listened when a million people protested the war with Iraq.

In the end, it's about the money. With all our brains together, can't we think of an overall strategy which any authority could apply to save money yet keep libraries?

Hillingon have managed this and continue to improve their libraries and their readership figures. Why not propose their scheme?

Of course our individual Library Services are going to fight this scheme tooth and nail as it reduces head office power (though CILIP should not be too worried as it redeploys rather than discards posts).

If we all got together to push for this or some other imaginative solution, that's when we might ...just...persuade the purse-holders that there is another way.

February will be too late for many of us.