CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) recently provided a page of ideas if you want to get involved in Save Our Libraries /Read-in day on 5th February, but don’t have much time to spare on the day.
To sit along side that, I’ve come up with some ideas for people who can’t make it to a library on the 5th February.
1.) Find something interesting on your library catalogue from the comfort of your living room (list of online catalogues here). What hobbies have you got? See if there’s anything in stock on that topic in your local library. Found something interesting? Reserve it and pick it up the next time you visit the library.
2.) If your library catalogue lets you do it, review or rate books you have read, CDs you’ve listened to, DVDs you’ve watched.
3.) If you’re not online, why not (crazy idea coming up 😉 ) read a book, listen to a CD/audiobook or watch a DVD you already borrowed from library… and then review it/rate it online.
4.) If you need an answer to a question, instead of just “Googling it” and not being sure if the information you’re looking at is correct or not, why not let a librarian point you to the right information?
- Many library services provide free access to trustworthy subscription only websites for areas such as business, historical, consumer and biographical information.
- Ask a librarian, by using the online ‘Enquire‘ service, which provides a 24 hour a day service.
5.) Leave a comment on the library website to say why you love your local library. Those comments get back to the library bosses high up, you know, and these comments provide evidence to show that people do value their library services.
6.) Find a reading group to join. Take a look at your library website – there should be a link on it to reading groups in your area.
7.) Join a friends of the library group or a campaign group. Find contact details of your local library and get in touch with them to find out if one exists.
8.) Sign an online petition to save your local library. Many are listed on the closures map.
This map serves as a reminder as to why this day of library events has been organised. Over 400 libraries in the UK under threat of closure. So, it’s up to everyone to get involved and make a stand to save our libraries.
9.) Phil Bradley also suggested the following great idea… Create a really simple flyer – which maybe fits about one third to one half A4 page and print a few of them out. Then simply pop them through the doors of your neighbours.