RLC Gathering 2018: East Street Arts (HQ), Leeds, 1st September

RLC 2018!

Radical Librarians Collective aims to offer a space to challenge, to provoke, to improve and develop the communications between like-minded radicals, to galvanise our collective solidarity against the marketisation of libraries and the removal of our agency to our working worlds and beyond.

We’re hoping to do things a little differently this year, including guest speakers and experimenting with a different format. The day will loosely focus on the theme of ‘utopian demands’, and how this can be applied in the context of librarianship. We aim to come away from the event having considered what our own demands for the sector would be, as well as a discussion about the future of RLC moving forward.

To book your self a ticket, please see the Eventbrite page!


East Street Arts (HQ)
Patrick Studios,
St.Mary’s Lane,
Leeds, LS9 7EH

Order of the day (Saturday 1st September 2018)

  • 12:00-12:30 – arrival and registration
  • 12:30 – 1:30 – welcomes and housekeeping
  • 1:30-2:30 – first session(s)
  • 2:30-2:50 – tea break
  • 2:50-3:50 – second session(s)
  • 3:50-5:00 – RLC Moving forward – an opportunity to discuss the future of RLC and what we all want to see from the collective.
  • 5:00-8:00 – informal social at the venue with vegetarian/vegan catering. Alcohol free.

All welcome.


Catering – we will do our best to accommodate dietary requirements. The catering provided in the evening will be vegetarian and vegan. There will be no food provided during the event, however, please feel free to bring your own food and snacks for during the day.

Accessibility – the venue is wheelchair accessible.

Transport – The venue is 0.4 miles from the bus station, and 1 mile from the train station, and the bus numbers 4 and 16 from York Street stop F4 (outside the bus station) or City Square stop P5 (outside the train station) regularly run to Burmantofts Street Rigton Approach, which is 0.1 miles round the corner from the venue.

Childcare – Jess Haigh has offered to look after children whose carers would otherwise be unable to attend the event. Jess is a leader within the GirlGuiding movement, and had a current DBS check. She has experience of regularly looking after children between 5-11 years, including many residentials. Jess is happy to look after the following ratios of children:

  • 4 children aged between 7-11 IF no other children, OR
  • 2 children aged between 5-7 IF no other children, OR 1 child aged between 5-7 and 2 children aged between 7-11, OR
  • 1 child aged between 2-4 years.

Jess is happy to look after a child under 2 year but does not hold a paediatric first aid qualification. If there are carers for children under 2 years who would still like their child to be looked after by Jess, please ask for her contact details and she will speak to you before the event. Likewise, children with specific needs or medical issues, please do ask for Jess’ contact details to discuss these-which will be kept confidential. Jess will not give children medicine aside from that declared by carers as necessary – Jess will not give children Calpol etc.

This is completely voluntary and is not regulated by any third party. Jess holds no insurance and will not be responsible for disciplining children. Carers of children that behave in ways Jess finds unsafe or negative towards herself or any other children will be asked to intervene.

If more people who have attended the event before would be willing to volunteer to also look after children of those who would otherwise be unable to attend, then more will be able to take part.