The newly formed S.L.A.M. held its first meeting last week. The aim of the first meeting was to form the committee, plan the strategy and decide upon campaign action. The meeting was attended by representative campaigners from the eleven libraries affected by the changes, The Surrey Women’s Institute, UNISON and library staff.
Issues raised during the meeting included:
- Questioning the validity of the Public Value Review undertaken on the library service.
- The practicalities of the eleven volunteer run libraries being able to provide a full library service to the local community, based upon the fact that trained library staff/librarians will not be providing the service and a full I.T. library system will not be available to volunteers.
- Feedback on a meeting held between Surrey County Council and Byfleet Action Group. (further details to follow)
- The need to agree the wording for a motion that would be sent out to all libraries currently affected by the cuts, indicating that campaigners are not in agreement with Surrey County Council’s plans for the library service. Once agreed, the motion will be signed by campaigning groups and sent to Surrey County Council.
- The formulation of plans for events/protests in the near future – not only to highlight Surrey County Council’s cuts, but also the value library users place upon a properly run library service.