Advocacy Events at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference

Surviving in a Tough Economy: An Advocacy Institute Workshop
Friday, July 10
2 to 5 p.m.
Harold Washington Library
Multi-Purpose Room
400 S. State Street
$50, onsite registration will NOT be available 
Can libraries make it through the economic crisis? Yes, we can! Learn how some libraries can survive -- and even thrive -- during a tough economy. Hear success stories, get the latest tips, and learn how to better advocate for your library in this difficult financial time. Breakout sessions will focus on budgets, coalition building, and more. This Advocacy Institute workshop is brought to you by the ALA Committee on Library Advocacy, and co-sponsored by the Illinois Library Association, the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, and the ALA Chapter Relations Committee.

ALTAFF Opening General Session: The Time for Action is Now!
Grassroots Advocacy
Saturday, July 11
8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Hyatt Regency Chicago Columbus Hall E/F
who have been a force for advocating change statewide—Emily McAsey, Illinois State Representative, District 85, and A.J. Wilhelmi, Illinois State Senator, District 43. In addition, meet and listen to Pierette Simpson,author of “Alive on the Andrea Doria,” who will have you riveted as she shares her amazing story of being part of the greatest sea rescue in history and her pursuit to find the truth of what happened that night. Her research created two PBS specials. Hosted by the Trustees section. Speakers: Emily McAsey, IL State Representative; A. J. Wilhelmi, IL State Senator; Pierette Simpson, Author

Washington Update: Updating ARRA; Stimulus; What's Happening
Saturday, July 11
8 to 10 a.m.
McCormick Place West, Room 474

Grassroots Advocacy and LSTA Reauthorization
Saturday, July 11
10:30 a.m. to Noon
McCormick Place West, Room 192c

Nuts and Bolts for Friends
Part I: Saturday, July 11, 10:30 a.m. to Noon
Part II: Saturday, July 11, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Columbus Hall A/B
Come hear experts talk about ways to improve your Friends of the Library group and maximize the Friends’ ability to raise money, increase membership and work effectively with their library. Be prepared to share your best practices and your stumbling blocks with other Friends from across the country. This program is a two part series. It is not required that you attend both. The second session will be a continuation of discussions and not a repeat. Hosted by the Friends section. Speakers: Susan Schmidt, Past President, ALTAFF; Robin Hoklotubbe, Secretary, ALTAFF

Coalition Building for All Libraries in a Tough Economy
Saturday, July 11
4 to 5:30 p.m.
McCormick Place West, Room 196b
Join ALA President Jim Rettig; moderator Jan Sanders, Director of Libraries and Information Services for the City of Pasadena, Calif.; and others for a panel discussion focusing on the value of building statewide coalitions during times of economic downturn and the concept of the "Library Ecosystem," or how libraries of all types are interdependent. Panelists include Donna Bero, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library; Gerri Fegan, President of the Massachusetts School Library Association; Pat Harris, Councilman and Trustee, St. Paul, Minn.; Carole Kupelian, President of the School Library Media Section of NYLA; and Anne Masters, Director of the Pioneer Library System in Oklahoma. The program is sponsored by the Advocacy Training Subcommittee of the ALA Committee on Library Advocacy, the ALA Chapter Relations Committee, the Committee on Legislation and Jim Rettig's Ad Hoc Task Force on Advocacy.

Nuts & Bolts for Academic Friends
Sunday, July 12
10:30 a.m. to Noon  
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Columbus Hall A/B
Friends and development officers for academic libraries are invited to attend this highly interactive session where attendees will share best practices for fund raising, creating endowments, increasing membership, and improving the profile of library Friends and Foundations on campus. Hosted by the Friends section. Speakers: Mary Dodge, Sam Huang

Advocacy 401
Sunday, July 12
10:30 a.m. to Noon
Hyatt Regency Chicago Columbus Hall E/F
Learn about the issues that are set forth by ALA’s legislation committee and come up with ways on how to advocate for these issues in your own community. Hosted by the Trustees section.

A complete listing of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends, and Foundations ( ALTAFF) special events taking place at the upcoming 2009 ALA Annual Conference is now available for download here (PDF).