Libraries Day shift mooted

Libraries Day shift mooted

A proposal to move National Libraries Day 2013 from February to the end of the year has been criticised by library supporters.

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) has said “initial thoughts” are to hold the next NLD, the third such event, at the end of 2013. The date shift would allow the day to be aligned with CILIP’s Libraries Change Lives Award.

Library campaigner Desmond Clarke said: “Early February has proven to be a very good time for attracting media coverage, raising awareness and thus public interest. People were delighted to visit their local library, and take along their kids, to show their support on a Saturday in early February.”

He added: “The focus of NLD has been on library users and why libraries are so important to them. Last year even the minister had to show that he visited a library on the day. The media want to hear from library users and their battles across the country to save and improve their local libraries.”

Alan Gibbons, the driving force behind the original NLD, said he was also in favour of keeping it in February, but added: “In the interests of unity and inclusion I am open to alternatives.”