New advocacy tools for rural, native and tribal libraries to be unveiled at ALA Annual Conference

                            

Contact: Deborah Bloom or Satia Orange
312-280-2148; 312-280-4295    
dbloom@ala.org, sorange@ala.org
 
For Immediate Release
May 22, 2006

 

New advocacy tools for rural, native and tribal libraries

to be unveiled at ALA Annual Conference

 

CHICAGO - The Committee on Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds will be introducing new tools and resources to help small libraries (primarily with populations under 10,000) conduct advocacy and outreach efforts in their communities. The new initiative has been developed in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Outreach and Literacy Services and The Campaign for America's Libraries.

 

There will be a "Rural Advocacy @ your library Progress Update" during the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. It will take place on Saturday, June 24, 2006, from 4 to 5:15 pm in the Morial Convention Center, Room 345, immediately following the Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Town Hall Meeting.

 

The program will include a discussion of research that was conducted over the course of the last year to help prepare the new tools and materials, including a Rural Library Impact Survey undertaken by Clarion University's Center for Rural Librarianship and focus groups from the Joint Conference of the Association of Rural and Small Libraries and the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services.

 

New tools to be unveiled include a tip sheet entitled, "A Small but Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library." A companion online toolkit with a sample action plan and outline, customizable publicity materials, promotional ideas, tips and strategies also will be reviewed. 

Both of these new resources will be available in mid-June at www.ala.org/rural, www.ala.org/native and www.ala.org/tribal under "Advocacy." Best practices in advocacy and outreach for rural, native and tribal libraries also will be shared.

Speakers from the Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee include: Carol Barta, assistant director, North Central Kansas Library System; Chair; David Ongley, Director, Tuzzy Consortium Library, Barrow, Alaska; and Danny Hales, director, Suwannee River Regional Library, Live Oak, Fla. Satia Orange, director, ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, and Deborah Bloom, manager, The Campaign for America's Libraries, will be presenting as well.