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The Library Campaign is a registered charity (E&W No. 1102634) supporting friends and users of libraries.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Library Campaign on Twitter and Facebook

As we prepare for the conference, now less than a month away, we'll be using social media extensively. If you use Twitter, follow us: . On Facebook we can be found at

The hashtag for the conference is #libcampconf.

If you're interested in using social media as a campaigning tool, make sure you go to the workshop at the conference led by Gary Green of Voices for the Library.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Registrations start

Registrations have started arriving for the Library Campaign conference. You can register by email or by post to The Library Campaign c/o 13 Shrublands Close, Chelmsford,Essex, CM2 6LR

Workshops on 22 October

We plan workshops on 22 October on the following themes:

  • Privatisation and outsourcing
  • Looking at the figures
  • Volunteers
  • Using social media
  • Working with the media
  • Mounting a legal challenge
  • Constructing arguments
  • Organising events

Not all may run, depending on level of interest.

The conference hashtag will be #libcampconf

Monday, 19 September 2011

Library Campaign Conference 22 October: programme

The Library Campaign Conference 22 October 2011, University of London Union Malet St

10:00 Registration (Tea/coffee)

10:30 Introduction to the day

10:35: First plenary: presentations from the Brent, Doncaster and Gloucester campaigns

11:20:  Second plenary: Pete Challis, Unison:  Local Government Finance - National To Local

12:00: Workshops

13:00: Lunch (included in registration fee)

14:00: Workshops

15:00: Tea/ coffee

15:15: Plenary report back

16:00: Philip Pullman

16:30: Close

To register e-mail or write to The Library Campaign, 13 Shrublands Close, Chelmsford, CM2 6LR

Registration fee - £15 Cheques payable to The Library Campaign. Can be paid on the day but you must tell us in advance that you are coming and we would prefer the money up front. The registration does include lunch - please tell us about any dietary requirements.
The Library Campaign will assist representatives of local user/ friends groups with reasonable travel costs. Receipts must be provided.
The University of London Union is a short walk from Euston station.



Sunday, 18 September 2011

Library Campaign Conference 22 October

On 22 October 2011 the Library Campaign in association with Voices for the Library will be hosting a conference for library user groups. It will be a chance for users to compare notes, find out more about the issues confronting them and produce some proposals for future action both locally and nationally.
Philip Pullman has agreed to speak and there will also be contributions from some of the campaigns that are making news.
There will be also be lots of opportunities to network and to discuss the issues in small groups.
Some of the proposed discussion topic include

  • working with volunteers
  • outsourcing, privatisation, trusts etc
  • legal challenges
  • using the press
  • using social media (Facebook. Twitter etc.)

The conference will be on Saturday 22 October at the University of London Union on Malet Street, London , WC1. Travel details here

There will be a registration fee of £15 which will cover the whole day including lunch. The Library Campaign will pay reasonable travel expense for representatives of local groups who need assistance with fares.