2010 - Present
Founding member of Voices for the Library, a library advocacy campaign that seeks to promote the value of libraries and librarians in society by giving a voice to both library workers and users.
In partnership with other members of the team, I manage our social networking accounts, updating and adding content where appropriate as well as co-ordinating with other team members. I have also established a private Facebook group to enable library campaigners from across the country to communicate with each other and the team.
I have commissioned articles and statements from a number of celebrities and writers including Robin Ince, Rebecca Front and Hari Kunzru. Furthermore I've cultivated contacts with various media organisations including The Guardian, BBC, Channel 4 and Private Eye.
As a team member I also contribute articles for the website on various aspects of public libraries as well as occasional analysis of data uncovered by Freedom of Information requests. I've also helped draft statements on a variety of issues on behalf of the campaign that have been distributed to the media.
Furthermore, I frequently co-ordinate strategy meetings with the team, set meeting agendas alongside other team members, chairing the meetings themselves and ensuring the minutes are available to all members of the organisation.
I have been interviewed about public libraries live on BBC Radio Kent as part of the 2011 'Save Libraries Day', interviewed on the future for academic libraries by University Business magazine and represented the organisation at the 'Speak up for Libraries' rally (March 2012) delivering a speech on the importance of libraries and librarians.
As a team we have submitted written and oral evidence to the Select Committee hearing on library closures and we were named one of the 'Independent Voices of 2011' by the Independent newspaper.
In 2012 I was one of the key speakers at the Joint YLG, SLA and SLG conference, delivering a talk on library advocacy.