Who we areSpeak Up For Libraries is a coalition of organisations and campaigners working to protect libraries and library staff, now and in the future.
The Campaign for the Book was established in 2008 to raise the profile of reading for pleasure and the role of libraries and librarians in promoting it. Its organiser is author and educational consultant Alan Gibbons. The Campaign has held a 200 strong conference. The Campaign called the 110 read-ins in 2010 and from this Alan initiated National Libraries Day.
The leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers. CILIP's vision is a fair and economically prosperous society underpinned by literacy, access to information and the transfer of knowledge. CILIP is a registered charity, no. 313014. Visit www.cilip.org.uk for more information.
Supporting friends and users of libraries, the Library Campaign is the national umbrella and support organisation for library user groups. We are a national charity covering England and Wales. Our basic aim is to advance the lifelong education of the public by the promotion, support, assistance and improvement of libraries through the activities of friends and users groups. We are a membership organisation recognised by government and parliament (we recently gave oral evidence to the Select Committee inquiry into library closures.)
UNISON is the biggest union in the UK for the library and culture service. We represent the majority of the 24,000 library staff employed as librarians, library assistants and managers in all library authorities in England, Scotland and Wales. Launched in 2010, Love Your Libraries is our campaign to make sure that library services are protected and invested in so that local people and communities can enjoy and benefit from them now and in the future. Since the launch of the campaign UNISON has been dismayed to witness the growing threat to local services posed by the cuts to local government funding.
Voices for the Library exists to give people the facts about Public Library Services in the UK, about the work librarians do, and to save Public Libraries. We provide a balanced view of the service and the professionals who work there, and discuss ideas for the way forward. We don't want to lose our libraries, and we aim to ensure future generations continue to enjoy access to free unbiased public libraries and librarians.