Public Library Service Inquiry seeks 100k supporters

<p>The campaign for a Public Library Service Inquiry is calling for 100,000 library supporters to join its Facebook campaign. </p><p>Since its launch last week, the campaign has already attracted support from CiPil (the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law) and the Royal Society of Literature. The call for Facebook support has been launched since the Downing Street website stopped accepting e-petitions calling for debates on important issues.<br /><br />Library campaigner Steve Ross said: &quot;The Government aren&#39;t listening to thousands of campaigners around the country. We need to demonstrate the support of 100,000 people&mdash;the number previously needed to call for a debate in Parliament.&quot; <br /><br />Somerset campaigner Julian Mellor added: &quot;The Government needs to wake up to the fact that they are sending all the wrong messages about the UK&#39;s future competitiveness and ability to contribute on the global stage.&quot;</p><p>Campaigners believe that when library cuts are made all over the country, millions of pounds will be wasted on subsequent legal challenges. Ross said: &quot;The best way to avoid that cost and damage to our knowledge infrastructure would be for society to look at libraries in detail, now. If Government avoid taking a lead on this our campaign will.&quot;<br /><br />The group can be found at: <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Public-Library-Service-Inquiry/13991039607... " target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/pages/Public-Library-Service-Inquiry/13991039607... </a></p>