Information about the American Library Association’s public awareness campaigns
Libraries Transform is the American Library Association’s new, multi-year public awareness campaign. Its ultimate goal is to increase funding support for libraries and advance information policy issues in alignment with ALA advocacy goals. Visit www.librariestransform.org for more information. The Libraries Transform Toolkit has posters, postcards and videos. Supplementary images for social media are available here.
The Campaign for America’s Libraries and the trademarked @your library® brand was retired in 2015 to make way for the Libraries Transform public awareness campaign. Read about the history of the Campaign for America's Libraries.
Celebrate National Library Week 2016 (April 10-16) with the theme "Libraries Transform"
The 2016 theme is "Libraries Transform." Tools for libraries to promote the event have are available on on the National Library Week Web page including print and digital PSAs, sample press release, proclamation, and PSA scripts. Libraries are also encouraged to order Libraries Transform materials at the ALA Store. Promotional materials include a poster, bookmark, mini-poster, READ poster file, and banner.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate
I Love My Librarian Award
Meet the 2015 winners of the I Love My Librarian Awards.
The award invites library users nationwide to recognize the accomplishments of the exceptional public, school, college, community or university librarians. Up to 10 librarians will be selected. Each will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by The Carnegie Corporation of New York. Learn more and nominate your librarian at http://ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian.
Increase Your Reach: Using Door-to-Door Marketing for Library Card Sign-Ups
This webinar offers marketing strategies for getting outside of your library to break down the barriers that keep people from opting in to a library card. Learn how to dramatically improve your library’s visibility in the community by taking a page from the best political campaigns and going door-to-door to sign people up. The webinar also provide effective ways to bring this new idea of building awareness to your board and administrators. You will hear directly from librarians who've used these strategies successfully in their communities. Their door-to-door engagement tactics can be part of your library’s ongoing advocacy efforts.
This webinar was sponsored by ALA’s Public Awareness Committee, Committee on Library Advocacy, Office for Library Advocacy and Public Awareness Office.
Presenters: John Chrastka, EveryLibrary; Amber Musman and Hollie Trenary, Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Public Library; Linda Price, Crystal Lake (Illinois) Public Library; and Shoshana Francis, Milpitas (California) Library.
Webinar was held on Oct. 21, 2015. View archived recording.
Library Card Sign-up Month
September is Library Card Sign-up Month and Snoopy is 2015 Honorary Chair!
Library Card Sign-up Month 2015 was one of the most successful campaigns ever! Thanks to everyone who participated. Special thanks to Snoopy, the world-famous beagle, for serving as Honorary Chair and to Peanuts Worldwide for their generous efforts in support of libraries.Don't miss The Peanuts Movie from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios opening November 6th.
Peanuts is syndicated in over 2000 newspapers worldwide, and is translated into 21 languages. Celebrating 65 years of making us laugh, Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the whole Peanuts Gang can be found in publications from Simon and Schuster, Abrams Comic Arts, Running Press, Andrews McMeel, and more.
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