Advocacy

Call for nominations for the Gerald Hodges IF Chapter Relations Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is seeking nominations for its 2017 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award. The Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award recognizes an intellectual freedom focused organization that has developed a strong multi-year, ongoing program or a single, one-year project that exemplifies support for intellectual freedom, patron confidentiality and anti-censorship efforts. The award consists of $1,000 and a citation.

An updated How-To-Do-It Manual for winning grants

CHICAGO — Newly revised and refreshed, the second edition of “Winning Grants: A How-To-Do-It Manual For Librarians,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, will teach you the skills and strategies crucial for finding, applying for, and winning grants. Whether you’re starting from scratch and don’t know where to begin, or you’re an experienced grant writer looking to tap into new funding sources, this resource from grant writing pros Stephanie K. Gerding and Pamela H.

RUSA, United host discussion on library advocacy best practices at Midwinter

CHICAGO—In partnership with United for Libraries, the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is hosting “Are you a Proactive or Reactive Advocate? Best Practices from Academic and Public Library Supporters,” an engaging discussion on best practices for library advocacy at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta.

PLA releases first Project Outcome Annual Report

 
CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) has launched the first Project Outcome Annual Report. Access the 2016 Annual Report to analyze survey results, learn what patrons benefited from most, and see what Project Outcome and participating libraries did in the first year to make Project Outcome a success.
 

AASL president to help ensure critical role of school librarians included in Virginia ESSA state plan

CHICAGO — On Friday, Oct. 21, school librarians and education partners from across the state will gather in Norfolk to prepare themselves to be active participants in Virginia Every Student Succeeds (ESSA) implementation. The workshop will start a discussion on how librarians connect with specific components of the legislation, identify how these align with the current state plan and develop an actionable plan to work with state education officials to ensure that all children in Virginia have access to an effective and well-funded school library program.

ALA announces 45-115 Federal Initiative to promote libraries’ national agenda

Today the American Library Association announced the 45-115 ALA Federal Initiative to promote the capacity of libraries to advance our nation’s goals to leading federal policymakers. The campaign – named after the next President (our 45th) and the next Congress (our 115th) – will position U.S. libraries and library professionals as invaluable team members in setting federal policy and moving our nation forward in the digital age.

ALA President Julie Todaro responds to Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library free speech arrests

CHICAGO -   On May 9, 2016 Kansas City Public Library Director of Public Programing Steve Woolfolk was arrested for his efforts to protect free speech during a public program entitled “Truman and Israel.” During the program off-duty police officers hired by the event sponsor arrested a patron for asking difficult questions and then arrested Woolfolk when he tried to intervene.

American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro released the following statement.

Transforming Lives through Literacy: AEFL Week 2016

CHICAGO — As we mark 2016’s National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, from Sept. 26 through Oct. 1, libraries across the country are transforming lives through literacy services for adults and families. The increasing demand for services underscores the intersection of literacy with access and equity. In its ties to income inequality, health outcomes, housing access, and rates of incarceration, literacy is an issue of social and economic justice.   

ALA applauds Killeen (TX) City Council decision to retain library

CHICAGO—In a unanimous decision, the Killeen, TX, City Council voted to amend its budget and maintain the Copper Mountain Library, one of only two facilities in Killeen’s library system. The American Library Association (ALA) and Public Library Association (PLA) coordinated with the Texas Library Association and local library supporters to urge the City Council to reverse a proposal to close this branch that serves hundreds of residents daily.

AASL conducts state level workshops on ESSA implementation

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), in collaboration with the ALA Office for Library Advocacy and the ALA Washington Office, is offering a complementary, comprehensive workshop on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to each AASL-affiliated state association.

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