Electionwatch 2016

The CILIP Ireland election campaign will be working to raise awareness among local politicians of the key issues affecting the profession in Northern Ireland. This campaign will also focus on empowering our members to undertake personal advocacy and CILIP Ireland will deliver  training entitled “How the Assembly Works” to equip them with the necessary skills.

This campaign is about engaging in dialogue with political candidates and key party spokespersons to encourage greater understanding of the relevance and opportunity our sector presents and to show them that libraries and information matter to many voters.

In February we wrote to the main politicial parties with candidates standing at election posing three questions which were identified by our members. View responses received here.

1. Does your party support well resourced library provision and recognise the importance of investment to ensure future development is driven first and foremost by the needs of current and potential library users – both in person and online?

2. Do you agree that a statutory school library should be an integral part of every child’s education ensuring that pupils have access to excellent resources (both print and electronic) with knowledgeable skilled staff?

3. Do you think it is important that all library services are delivered by skilled information specialists?

Advocacy

The Electionwatch letter prompted a very positive response from Mr Nelson McCausland MLA and Chair of the Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee. He asked CILIP Ireland to provide additional information in relation to the question; Do you agree that a statutory school library should be an integral part of every child’s education ensuring that pupils have access to excellent resources (both print and electronic) with knowledgeable skilled staff? As a result of this request CILIP Ireland has produced a briefing paper outlining school library provision in Northern Ireland.

"How the Assembly Works" Training

The CILIP Ireland election campaign is working to raise awareness among local politicians of the key issues affecting the profession in Northern Ireland. The campaign is also focused on empowering our members to undertake personal advocacy.

On March 8th 2016 the Northern Ireland Assembly in conjunction with CILIP Ireland delivered a training session entitled “How the Assembly Works”. Find out more about this event here.