Right now we're at difficult juncture, a crucial point in Library Camp's journey. We've had encouragement from all sides that the idea of a festival celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Public Libraries and Museums Act is a sound, even brilliant, idea. We are struggling to raise raise the necessary funds. Scratch that: we're not struggling, we have failed to raise a bean. No doubt this is because we don't exactly have a proven track record for this sort of thing. We know that organising a free to attend unconference for libraries can't be compared to running a nationally significant event with politically sensitive connotations.
It's those political connotations that are concerning us. Are they responsible for even a fraction of the reason this milestone event in the history of the Public Libraries seems to be ignored? Is the Act so tarnished by politics it has become a no-mans-land, across which neither the left or the right dare venture, fearing accusations of ignoring the public library's present situation.
To stage an event recognising the influence of Public Libraries over the past half century or so is an audacious, arrogant act. If that's the case then why are a couple of public librarians the only actors?
Our Crowdfunder campaign will go live within the next week asking for a quite staggering £20,000. We are well aware of the enormity of the challenge in, and the likelihood of, raising that amount. We think that to produce an event worthy of it's heritage, will cost that much.