Breakfast Seminar – EveryLibrary

Thursday 4 July – 8.30am – Theatre A

At this breakfast seminar, Patrick and John from EveryLibrary will be unveiling the first phase of the national advocacy project with CILIP, made possible by funding from Arts Council England. Throughout this seminar they’ll discuss the tools, data, funding, and resources that they’re working with CILIP to make available to library campaigners and libraries under threat in England. They will also introduce strategies and tactics that you can use to make the most out of these resources in order to build political power and influence for funding libraries in England.

The information presented in this seminar comes from the work and practice of EveryLibrary, the nation’s first and only political action committee for libraries. The practices that they discuss are those that are utilised in some of the largest campaigns, initiatives and elections such as presidential and local ballot campaigns as well as fights for causes such as Sierra Club, Fight-For-Fifteen, Standing Rock and more. They will discuss moving the discussion from advocating for organisations through stories to building lasting and sustainable advocacy through organising our communities and creating activists in order to build political power and influence. They’ll look at how our current advocacy model is failing many organisations causing massive defunding and closures and they’ll explore many of the strategies and tactics used by some of the best community organisers, political action committees, and politicians to build real actionable support from networks of change through community organising and political action. They will emphasize the resources and skills that organisational staff and supporters need to develop if they want to have the political and community support that they need in order to increase support and funding.

If you would like to come along to the Breakfast Seminar, please email events@cilip.org.uk with Breakfast Seminar in the subject line. (Open to conference delegates only).