AASL expands its advocacy brochure series with Spanish translation

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has expanded its School Library Programs Improve Student Learning series of advocacy brochures with the addition of a Spanish translation of the parent brochure.

ALA launches text-message advocacy service

CHICAGO —This year, the American Library Association launched Mobile Commons, a new advocacy tool that will allow library supporters to receive text message alerts from the ALA’s Office of Government Relations. The opt-in service will allow the ALA to communicate advocacy messages in a quick and effective fashion using an innovative texting and calling feature.

Library advocates gathered in Washington for 38th annual National Library Legislative Day

Washington, D.C. — More than 350 librarians and library supporters from across the country converged in Washington, D.C. from April 23–24, 2012, to meet with members of Congress to discuss key library issues during the American Library Association’s 38th annual National Library Legislative Day. The event focused on supporting federal funding for the national libraries.

Advocate for libraries on a national level by participating in Virtual Library Legislative Day on April 24

PHILADELPHIA – Virtual Library Legislative Day is part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) National Library Legislative Day on April 24, when hundreds of library advocates will descend on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and their staffs. Library advocates who cannot make it to Capitol Hill for the event can still be a part of the effort by calling and/or emailing their elected officials on April 24, or any time the week of April 23-27.

Make two clicks for advocacy with YALSA’s Tweet Your U.S. Senator Map on NLLD

CHICAGO — Can’t make it to National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday? The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, can offer you a way to advocate for teen library services with just two clicks of a mouse: the Tweet Your U.S. Senator Map, developed by YALSA’s Legislative Committee.

To use the map:

AASL announces winners of School Library Month video contest

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is proud to announce the winners of the "You Belong @ Your School Library" Student Video Contest.  The contest solicited videos illustrating why the school library is (either physically or virtually) the place to be. Forty-two entries were received, and one winner at the elementary, middle and high school levels was selected based on scores awarded by a panel of judges.

The winning entries are: