Authors Carmen Agra Deedy (“Martina the Beautiful Cockroach”); multiple Coretta Scott King Book Award medalist Sharon Draper (“Forged by Fire”); New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer (“Heroes for My Son”) are the first authors to participate in a new national library advocacy campaign entitled “ Our Authors, Our Advocates.”
While the economic downturn continues to fuel a surge in library use, it has also sparked a disturbing national trend of severe funding cuts for U.S. libraries. Data from the American Library Association’s 2010 State of America’s Library Report shows 41 percent of the states experienced a decline in state funding for public libraries during the current fiscal year. This has been compounded by reductions of funding at the local level – creating a snowball effect that impacts millions of people that rely on library service.
“Authors are the natural allies of libraries in these challenging times,” said ALA President- Elect Roberta Stevens. “They understand the key role libraries and library staff play in the economic, social and educational fabric of our nation. ‘Our Authors, Our Advocates’ will focus on using these well-known and passionate individuals to speak out on the importance of not only sustaining but increasing support for libraries.”
Libraries in the News
This toolkit is designed to motivate, encourage, provide content, train, and educate librarians and library workers at the front lines in advocating for their libraries and their profession.
Advocating in a Tough Economy Toolkit
The following resources and tools, including news clips, op-eds, and statistics to help library supporters make the case for libraries in these times.
Add It Up: Libraries Make the Difference in Youth Development and Education
Research and statistics to help advocates make the case for libraries at every stage of youth development and education.
Best practices of successful library coalition building from around the country.
Library Snapshot Day Primer
Learn to organize a successful Library Snapshot Day in your state with this How-To created by the New Jersey State Library.
Making Budget Presentations
Tools, examples and perspectives to make presenting a library budget easier, and to help make your budget presentations more compelling.