S.L.A.M. has had a number of meetings over the past couple of months. From these meetings a range of plans and actions have been formulated.
This includes encouraging local people to write to MPs (list here), councillors (list here) and all other relevant people and organisations about the proposed changes to the public library service in Surrey.
Details of what has happened over the past year in regard to the changes to the library service are being compiled by the group.
A local petition has been set up asking the county council to withdraw their current proposals and undertake a full public consultation.
Local campaigners have spoken to councillors and have submitted Freedom of Information requests regarding the council’s plans.
UNISON are key players in the campaign and have raised a motion highlighting their concerns about Surrey County Council’s proposals. Nationally UNISON have set up the “Love your libraries” campaign, in defence of public libraries.
The Women’s Institute are currently focusing on their “Love your libraries” campaign and are planning a range of high profile activities, including “W.I. Birthday Library Action Day” on 16 September 2011 and a national petition in defence of public libraries. As part of this “The Surrey Federation on W.I.s” are also involved in the Surrey campaign.
The campaign is also planning a number of events over the next couple of months to highlight the situation in Surrey.
If you want to get involved, the next meeting is on 6th September.