Advocacy Events in Dallas

Mobilizing Community Support for Your Library: An Advocacy Institute Workshop
Friday, January 20 from 1 - 4 p.m.
Location: Omni Hotel Dallas – Trinity 5 
Event Code: OLA1
Learn how to engage and mobilize friends and trustees groups, opinion-makers and civic organizations to support your public, school and academic libraries. Co-sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) and the Texas Library Association. Register for Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations (Event code: ALT1) from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday morning and receive a discount on combined registration.  Tickets cost $50 advance, and $75 onsite.  No lunch is offered during the afternoon session. Registration and ticket information.

Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations
Friday, January 20 from 8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Location: Omni Hotel Dallas – Trinity 5 
Event code: CFL1
The popular Nuts & Bolts will feature speakers addressing topics of interest to Friends, Trustees, Foundations, and library advocates, followed by roundtable discussions geared toward each group. A meet and greet with coffee will begin at 8:30 a.m. A boxed lunch will be served at noon. Register for Mobilizing Community Support for Your Library: An Advocacy Institute Workshop (1-4 p.m.) and receive a discount on combined registration. Attendees are encouraged to bring brochures, flyers, and other library marketing materials to share. Tickets cost $50 advance, and $75 onsite. Registration and ticket information.

Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement
Friday, January 20 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Omni Hotel Dallas - Greenville Avenue
Event code: ACR1
The goal of this full-day institute is to empower participants to help accelerate the transformation of the scholarly communication system. Engage in a structured interactive program that explores scholarly publishing, author rights and open access in practice. The institute is appropriate for those with administrative responsibilities, with new leadership assignments in scholarly communication or digital publishing, as well as liaisons and any others who are seeking to advance their professional development in scholarly communication. Registration is $95-$275, depending on your member status. Registration and event information.

Washington Office Breakout I: How to Save Your Library Using Grassroots Strategies
Saturday, January 21 from 10:30a.m. - 12:00p.m.
Location: DCC-C141
Listen to the Advocacy Guru Stephanie Vance share valuable tips on how to influence policymakers during tough economic times. Also, hear success stories from library advocates around the country and what they have done to influence policymakers in their community. Attendees will walk away with 10 principles for grassroots success.

The Midwinter Conversation: Understanding Your Communities
Saturday, January 21 from 1- 3:00pm 
The Midwinter Conversation: Transforming Librarianship
Sunday, January 22 from 1 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: DCC-A1

Join these conversations and leave Midwinter with new tools to become a better advocate. Libraries rely on partners within the community to advocate on their behalf more than ever before. But how can libraries stay relevant to these stakeholders in an environment of ever-changing priorities? Join visionary professor David Lankes, author of “Atlas of New Librarianship”, in two afternoons of innovative and interactive conversations about harnessing the evolving role of libraries, and strengthening the librarian’s voice to help shape community perception.

Facilitators from the graphic recording company, Sunni Brown will help create visual images of the plenary conversations that conclude each afternoon. The Saturday session focuses on “Understanding Your Communities” and the Sunday session on “Transforming Librarianship.” Both run from 1 to 3 p.m.

Sessions are free and open to all MW attendees; please add them to your Scheduler to indicate that you plan to attend. Attendees will also receive a coupon for 5% off the price of David Lankes’ galvanizing “Atlas of New Librarianship” (ACRL/MIT Press, 2011) at the ALA Conference Store.

A Small But Powerful Forum for Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library
Sunday, January 22 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: Dallas Convention Center - A308
Join us for a small but powerful forum to discuss rural library advocacy.  This session will introduce the newly revised “Small But Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library,” a toolkit from the ALA Committee on Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds, the Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.  Panelists will discuss some of the current issues facing small and rural libraries and successful strategies for rural library advocacy.  An open forum for librarians to share best practices, questions, and concerns will conclude the session.
Sponsors:  Committee for Library Advocacy (COLA); Committee on Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds (RNTLOAK); Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL)