Advocacy

ALA extends commitment to Libraries Transform public awareness campaign

CHICAGO – On June 26, the Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) extended its commitment to the Libraries Transform Campaign for an additional three years (Sept. 1, 2017 – Aug. 31, 2020).

Libraries Transform is the ALA’s public awareness campaign and serves to highlight the transformative nature of our nation’s libraries in today’s changing world. Since the campaign launched in 2015, more than 7,100 libraries and library advocates have joined Libraries Transform.

ALA Annual Conference panel highlights partnerships to extend school library support

CHICAGO – Every school library advocate has a unique story to share about how they developed and grew partnerships. A special panel during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago will bring together three library professionals to discuss the partnerships they formed to extend the base of support for school library programs beyond school librarians. This panel builds on the goal of AASL/ALA’s recent Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) trainings: to create new or strengthen existing relationships in the community.

Quick, low-cost ways to make big changes? Absolutely.

CHICAGO — Tactical urbanism, a global grassroots movement to improve cities by and for the people who live in them, has applications that are tailor made for libraries. Tactics like “start small,” “value intangibles,” and “bundle pragmatics with delight” can help libraries engage with their users while also solving immediate problems. Best of all, these projects can be lightweight, inexpensive, and quick to realize.

Trump Administration’s budget using wrong math when it comes to libraries

WASHINGTON, DC — In response to the Trump Administration’s 2018 budget proposal released today, American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro issued the following statement:
 
“The Administration’s budget is using the wrong math when it comes to libraries. 
 
“To those who say that the nation cannot afford federal library funding, the American Library Association, American businesses and millions of Americans say emphatically we cannot afford to be without it.

How to win library funding through political advocacy

CHICAGO — As the saying goes, all politics is local. And 90% of funding for public libraries comes from the will of local politicians and, in turn, from local voters. So it’s urgent that librarians, library supporters, and anyone interested in running an election or campaign for a library understand the strategies, resources, and tactics necessary for positive political action. Whether election day is four months away or four years away, there are immediate steps library leaders and local library ballot committees should take to help secure a successful ballot initiative later.

ALA lauds major businesses united to fight for federal library funding

(Washington, DC) – The American Library Association hailed today’s unveiling of the Corporate Committee for Library Investment (CCLI), a group of more than two dozen leading information, software, publishing and other businesses as well as multiple national trade associations newly united to advocate for federal library funding. 
 
ALA President Julie Todaro praised CCLI, saying “It's thrilling to see such significant companies and associations across so many industries come together to fight

United for Libraries presents Public Service Award to Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  On May 1, United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Reed presented Sen. Jack Reed (D.-R.I.)  with United for Libraries’ Public Service Award for his support of libraries during a special reception in the Hart Senate office building.

Sen. Reed authored key sections of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and seeks to fix the No Child Left Behind education law that was signed into law nearly 14 years ago.

ALA applauds FY2017 budget increase for IMLS, calls on library supporters to defend federal library funding in FY2018 budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday congressional negotiators reached agreement on a bill to fund the U.S. government through September. The “omnibus” bill included $231 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services – a $1 million increase over FY2016. American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement:

More than 500 library supporters gather to fight for libraries in Washington, D.C. on 2017 National Library Legislative Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, more than five hundred library advocates from every state in the nation and the District of Columbia will gather in Washington, D.C. to advocate for federal support for libraries during the American Library Association’s (ALA) 43rd annual National Library Legislative Day. Over a thousand supporters also registered to participate simultaneously through Virtual Library Legislative Day, where advocates connect with legislators via phone calls, emails and social media platforms.