...the DCMS Select Committee on Public Library Closures to make the right decisions.
Next year, the Department of Culture, Media and Sports is launching an inquiry into the public library closures across the UK. This is due to the “unprecedented cuts in library services throughout the country and the inaction of the relevant ministers” *coughEdVaizeycough*. This inquiry has fantastic potential for public libraries: high-ranking Members of Parliament will be discussing libraries and the value of libraries for communities and we have an opportunity to influence their discussion and make sure that they see the right evidence. Some of the ideal results of this Committee inquiry include the strengthening of the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964, a firm definition of “comprehensive and efficient library service”, increased protection of trained and paid library staff, and a moratorium on all closures until more research has been conducted on the impact of closures and until councils have done proper consultations with their constituents. This ideal scenario depends entirely on what kind of evidence the Committee receives and so I urge everyone reading this to stop reading this and go write some evidence.
Read Voices for the Library’s post and read John Kirriemuir’s post. Voices would like evidence sent to us by the 20th of December; the Committee wants correctly formatted evidence sent to them by the 12th of January. This is our chance to make a real difference for threatened public libraries so please take some time over the holidays to write something about why libraries are important.
...CILIP to become an organisation to be proud of.
...less conflict, more communication.
|The riots in Salford. Can't we all just get along?|
...all of us to make these things happen.
These things won’t just happen. The future is not immutable. We make it how we want it to be. If we want the above things to happen in 2012, we need to make them happen. We need to think about what we want and we need to take action. What do you want to happen in 2012 and how do you intend to make it happen?