At a meeting of the full Yorkshire Libraries and Information (YLI) Council held on Friday 30th September, an in principle decision was taken to close the Yorkshire Libraries and Information Music and Drama collection and service as it currently exists. The service is currently based at Balne Lane Library in Wakefield.
The music collection at Wakefield is one of the most important in the country, and comprises over 500,000 items of music and 90,000 copies of plays, thus making it one of the largest collections of performing sets in the UK. It is available not only to individual users, schools and music and drama groups in the Yorkshire and Humber area but also to organisations and groups outside of the region on a pay per use basis, so this is a decision that could affect amateur performing groups throughout the UK.
The 12 local authorities that subscribe to the service have decided ‘in principle’ to close the service at the end of March 2012, and are considering this decision and its implications at their next meeting on 3 November.
Making Music are spearheading a campaign to keep this important collection available and protect this vital resource. For more information on the campaign and how you can help, see http://www.makingmusic.org.uk/our-work/lobbying/yli-campaign .
(information from the Association of British Choral Directors http://www.abcd.org.uk/)
- WRITE to Yorkshire Libraries to let them know your views by 2 November (you can use or adapt our template letter – attached)
- Send your letter by email or post to Kate Holliday, YLI Manager, Balne Lane, Wakefield WF2 0DQ – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Send us a copy of your letter (to email@example.com) so that we can gather together a body of material representing the amateur music sector
- LOBBY your local councillors and MPs
- LOBBY key parliamentarians in the Department for Culture, Media & Sport and the Department for Communities & Local Government
- TWEET your protest and pass on the word, using the hashtag #saveyorkshiremusiclibrary (this will ensure all posts are collected together as a massed body of material)
- SPREAD THE WORD to everyone in your music group, your friends and local community to encourage them to do likewise – and visit our campaign page www.makingmusic.org.uk/saveyorkshiremusiclibrary