Vote local, vote libraries

23 Apr

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) have produced details on how you can help your local library in the May 5th local elections.

Full details are on their website, but here are five questions that they suggest you could ask of local candidates.

1. Will there be any library closures?

2. What are your plans for libraries in the future?

3. Will you maintain the quality of service and not get rid of specialists? (Specialists include children’s librarians, local studies librarians, reader development staff and information specialists.)

4. Will you at least maintain, if not extend, opening hours?

5. Will you ensure that the schools library service is kept?

If you haven’t had chance to speak to your local election candidates yet, then you could always write to them , or email them to let them know your concerns and ask questions.

Details of who is standing for election in the wards around Ipswich is here don’t forget that the whole of the library service in Suffolk will be affected by these proposed cuts, so asking these questions is relevant to all candidates. Contact details for current councillors can be found here.

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One Response to “Vote local, vote libraries”

  1. Steve Smedley April 23, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    As a Labour candidate for Suffolk Coastal District Council in Leiston I am happy to discuss libraries with anyone who’s interested, and I hope that people will judge me on this issue by my actions over the last few months.

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