Speak Up for Libraries conference to be held in November

Speak Up for Libraries conference to be held in November

Speak Up for Libraries, the coalition of organisations and campaigners working to protect libraries and library staff, will hold its fifth national conference in November.

The members of Speak Up for Libraries are Campaign for the Book, CILIP, the Library Campaign, Unison and Voices for the Library.

CILIP chief executive Nick Poole will introduce the conference which will discuss the pros and cons of volunteers in libraries among other issues.

The key-session will see the “first-ever” national campaigners’ dialogue with Paul Blantern, chair of the Leadership for Libraries Taskforce and its c.e.o Kathy Settle. The Taskforce is the new agency charged with bringing “real” improvement and funds into libraries. They will provide an update of the Taskforce's work and address questions and points from the delegates. The Taskforce's first report will be published in November, in time for the conference.

Guest speaker, John Dougherty who is a library advocate, author, and writer of songs including 'What's Wrong with Ed Vaizey', will close the conference.

A spokesperson for the Library Campaign said: “Deep and damaging cuts have already been made. But there are signs that people are starting to realise what public service cuts really mean. The political scene is getting a shake-up. Campaigners are as determined as ever. And finally, there’s a national agency tasked with getting action for libraries. This is campaigners’ chance to meet the people in charge of it – and lots of other key people.”

The conference will take place at CILIP’s offices in London on Saturday 14th November 2015.