ALA President Barbara Stripling to host final episode of Libraries Change Lives webinar series

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/27/2014


Joaquin Falcon

Communications Specialist

Office for Library Advocacy (OLA)

Community Engagement through the Declaration for the Right to Libraries:  Free webinar moderated by ALA President Barbara Stripling

CHICAGO – The Declaration for the Right to Libraries initiative has flourished as a successful public awareness, advocacy and community engagement tool since its launch last year.  This final, free webinar in ALA President Barbara Stripling’s Libraries Change Lives series will feature case studies of how this initiative is being used to create positive change in libraries. The webinar takes place from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Central time on Monday, June 9, 2014.

Libraries of all types from coast to coast have hosted Declaration signings, and speakers for this session will discuss their approach and share examples of how they used the Declaration as a means to engage their communities in discussions about their needs, as well as the value of the library. Presenters include Hadi Dudley, library director of the Bentonville Public Library (Ark.), Jeff Simpson of Troy University and the Alabama Library Association, Mary Reiman, director of Library Media Services at Lincoln Public Schools (Neb.) and Lisa Hoenig, library director of the Redford Township District Library (Mich.).  ALA President Barbara Stripling will moderate the webinar and discuss her vision for the Declaration during her presidential year and beyond.

Registration is mandatory and limited to the first 100 participants who arrive in the virtual room.  Visit the Adobe Connect event page to sign up today.

This webinar is presented by the ALA Office for Library Advocacy and co-sponsored by Stripling’s Presidential Advisory Committee.  For more information about this series or for questions about registration, please contact the ALA Office for Library Advocacy at

These webinars will be archived and accessible to ALA members, and are part of Stripling’s Libraries Change Lives 2013- 2014 Webinar Series.  

These informative, timely sessions are intended to showcase best practices, successes, and to transfer knowledge among ALA members.