Music & Drama group leaders & librarians came from Surrey and Sussex
More than 60 people attended Saturday morning's meeting at Christ Church, Leatherhead to hear about progress on setting up a new performing arts library for Surrey and the South.
The main current task is production of a report to SCC Cabinet setting out all the details they require in order to reassure themselves that our budgets and plans and are sound and well-researched.
Those present were able to view a layout for potential premises offered by Woking Borough Council in the centre of the town, close to on-street parking and a multi-storey car park.
Plans include keeping the entire music and drama collection on a single floor, employing a professional librarian and an assistant, and a new online system for users to book sets in advance.
trustees Barbara Eifler & Mark Welling (Chair) adressed the meeting and answered supporters' questions
After the initial presentation by NewSPAL trustee Barbara Eifler, Chief Executive of Making Music, there was plenty of time for questions from the floor.
The presentation slides can be viewed below this message.
There are still many details to be finalised, but the meeting was unanimous that NewSPAL's Trustees should continue their work and seek SCC approval this Autumn.
WHAT CAN YOU DO NEXT ? The Trustees expect to present our report to SCC Cabinet for consideration at their 2pm, 27th November, meeting in County Hall, Kingston.
Please set aside that afternoon to be with us if you can.
It may be taking longer than anyone hoped for, so let's show by our presence that we have not lost any enthusiasm for securing the future of the Surrey Performing Arts Library
- the nation's 3rd largest public music and drama loans collection.
Update 04 June 2018
Meanwhile, NewSPAL is working on a statement of the criteria by which both its own and any alternative in-house proposal from Surrey Libraries should be judged - in terms of what is likely to secure the best sustainable long-term future for SPAL and its users. Watch out for further information on this soon.
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Surrey Performing Arts Library
The Surrey Performing Arts Library is an award winning library for the performing arts – one of the three largest in England – currently run as part of Surrey County Council (SCC) Libraries.
It is used by hundreds of music and drama groups in Surrey and beyond, to hire multiple copies of plays and scores, and by individuals to borrow specialist books, music and other resources.
In the face of severe Budget challenges, SCC propose to move the collection in April, splitting it over two or more libraries, and leaving it without specialist staff, to save money.
If that goes ahead, we believe this will quickly lead to the deterioration of the material and ultimately the loss of this great resource.
NewSPAL is a newly formed charity overseen by users for users, offering to take over the running of the performing arts library from SCC to safeguard it for the future.
It now needs your help to get going!
NewSPAL needs to prove to SCC that it has the support of users and that it can raise
pledges of £84,000 and of volunteer time for the transition from SCC to NewSPAL.
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