In the lead up to local elections, the public are being asked to question their local candidates about their stance on libraries – and to vote accordingly.
With over 37.5 million library visits last year, the Library and Information Association of New Zealand (LIANZA) says candidates need to recognise libraries as an essential service.
“Libraries are an election issue” says LIANZA President Laurinda Thomas.
“New Zealanders need to know where their candidates stand so we can vote for those who have the interests of libraries, and the communities they support, at heart”
“We also want the opportunity to applaud those candidates that support libraries, and give them our support.”
Responses from candidates will be shared via the LIANZA website, so voters can check on the stance of their local candidates before heading to the ballot box.
Despite playing a key role in the social, cultural, and economic well being of New Zealand, libraries are still seen by some Councillors as an easy target for spending cuts.
“The upcoming elections allow the community to vote for a representative who shares the same priorities they do, someone who will ensure that our public library services are maintained and developed as a core local government service”.
The Association encourages the public to Tweet, Facebook or email candidates in the lead up to Local Government elections.
More information is available on the LIANZA website http://www.lianza.org.nz/news/2013/sep/9/make-your-vote-count