UK Libraries: Struggles for the Knowledge Commons

 Saturday 27 August 2011, 3pm

Free, no booking required

 Leading writers, scholars and artists in dialogue with the Bidoun editorial collective in a series of Saturday seminars.

We have dedicated the final Bidoun Library Seminar to a meeting on libraries.  Participants reflect on current struggles around the closures and drastic cuts affecting public libraries in theUK.  Join representatives from the Library Campaign, the Feminist Library, New Cross Library, the Goldsmiths Library Occupation and others to discuss and strategise. 

On Library cuts and closures in the UK (sourced from voicesforthelibrary.org.uk): 

-Over 500 public libraries, including 60 mobile libraries, are currently under threat of closure and the number could increase to 800

– The duty of a local council to provide a ”comprehensive and efficient library service” is a legal obligation under the 1964 Public Libraries and Museums Act.  

Some councils are suggesting that library services can be run by volunteers and many are under threat of being privatised. 

For more information on closures and campaigns, please see:

www.librarycampaign.com

www.voicesforthelibrary.org.uk

http://feministlibrary.co.uk/

http://goldsmithsinoccupation.wordpress.com/

http://www.publiclibrariesnews.com/

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/1269

PLEASE NOTE:  There  will not be  a seminar on Saturday 3 September as previously advertised.

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