CILIP Election campaigns in 2016

CILIP Electionwatch campaign

Public libraries deliver real value and impact for millions of people every year. They help people find information, develop their skills, get online, participate in their communities and access vital services such as health and education.

We are campaigning for library and information services ahead of the parliamentary (Scotland), National Assembly (Wales and Northern Ireland), local government (England and Wales) and Mayoral elections (England), taking place on 5 May 2016. 

The key elections for 2016 are:

CILIP Scotland

'Scotland’s Libraries: Inspiration for the Nation’ is the name of the campaign launched by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland on National Libraries Day ahead of the Scottish Parliamentary elections on May 5th.

The campaign, supported by top Scottish authors, aims to highlight the key role Scotland’s libraries play in helping to achieve policy goals from improving health and wellbeing to raising attainment and promoting and preserving the culture of our nation and calls for government action to maintain investment. The campaign will cover issues relating to all types of libraries across Scotland that members work in.

CILIP Cymru Wales 

Building on ongoing engagement with representatives from the Welsh Government, local government, the media, employers and stakeholder groups, CILIP Cymru Wales is campaigning ahead of the Welsh National Assembly elections on behalf of the profession in Wales. CILIP Cymru Wales have written to the main political parties to remind them of the wide-ranging and important work of Library, Information and Knowledge experts in Wales and will publish responses and analysis. 

CILIP Ireland 

As the political parties campaign for our vote in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections this May, we have a unique opportunity as a professional community and as individuals to raise our profile and demonstrate our value as a sector. The CILIP Ireland election campaign is working to raise awareness of library and information issues and working wiith members to highlight opportunities to engage with the political process locally.

CILIP - My Library By Right campaign 

As part of the #MyLibraryByRight campaign, CILIP will work with members to remind MPs that libraries are statutory and that they matter. We are calling on all CILIP members and campaign supporters to get involved in a letter-writing campaign to thier MPs, asking them to pledge their support for quality local libraries and where possible, to raise concerns with DCMS and Local Authorities.