I was delighted to see an article in the Guardian today "Librarians take legal battle against library closures to government". It's a report that CILIP is taking a strong and robust line against library closures. Nice fighting talk from Nick Poole, CILIP CEO "“We’ve had enough. We’ve marked our line in the sand here. The government is behaving as if it doesn’t have a duty of care and they do, under the law. We think it’s time to be clear about what that means”" You may recall that I was critical of CILIP's weak statement to the Prime Minister back in November. I said then "We should not stand politely at the door of Number 10 hoping to be noticed by one of the PM's aides. We need to be there hammering on the door, demanding to be let it. If we don't show the passion, if we don't shout louder and louder, if we don't make it clear to our communities that we are fighting for them then we deserve to lose everything we have." so I'm really pleased to see this step being taken.
There is also a petition that people can sign. I know that petitions have little value, but given that it's only going to take 10 seconds of your time, it's worth doing. It's also worth doing in order to show that you support the action that CILIP is taking here. If I, or anyone else is critical of CILIP it also behooves us to be positive as well. So toddle along and sign it at Change.org. While you're here, it's worth also adding that there will be a lobby of Parliament on Feb. 9th next year, so it's worth making a note in your calendar to that effect.