Advocacy

'Get Out the Library Vote' free webinar to showcase techniques for successful ballot campaigns

CHICAGO — Join the ALA Office for Library Advocacy for a free webinar focused on planning and conducting successful library ballot measures on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, from 2 – 3 p.m. Central time.

Ten libraries selected to receive advocacy training as part of Neal-Schuman Foundation grant to United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries has selected 10 libraries to receive expert advocacy training in cycle one of the Citizens-Save-Libraries program, funded by the Neal-Schuman Foundation.

Colorado Association of Libraries wins ALA President’s Award for Advocacy, sponsored by United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA — The Colorado Association of Libraries is the recipient of the 2013 ALA President’s Award for Advocacy, sponsored by United for Libraries.

The Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) won for its 2012 campaign “Literacy Through Libraries: A Dollar Does It.” The campaign was to restore state funding for libraries; although a funding mechanism in the state budget had existed since 2001, the line item had gone unfunded for years due to budget constraints. This left Colorado as one of only a few states with no direct support of libraries.

Rep. Fortenberry receives award during National Library Legislative Day

Washington, D.C.—Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) today received the United for Libraries’ 2013 Public Service Award during the National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. The Public Service Award is given annually by United for Libraries to a legislator who has been especially supportive of libraries.

ALSC announces Everyday Advocacy website

CHICAGO - On May 1, 2013, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced the launch of the Everyday Advocacy website. This member-driven site is a librarian’s companion for simple, effective ways to learn, share and make a difference in their community.

United for Libraries to lead Virtual Library Legislative Day on May 8

PHILADELPHIA— Virtual Library Legislative Day is part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) National Library Legislative Day on May 8, 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 May 8, or any time the week of May 6-10.

Jenna Nemec-Loise receives YALSA’s YA Advocacy Travel Stipend to attend National Library Legislative Day

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected Jenna Nemec-Loise as the recipient of a stipend to attend ALA’s 39th annual National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) in Washington, D.C. May 7-8, 2013.  

ALA President Maureen Sullivan writes about the state of school libraries in the Huffington Post

CHICAGO — As school libraries celebrate National Library Week (April 14 - 20) and School Library Month, American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan expresses her concern about current and future challenges in an opinion piece published in the Huffington Post.

American Library Association releases new ‘Quotable Facts’ publication for 2012

CHICAGO — One of the American Library Association’s most effective and commonly used advocacy tools, “Quotable Facts about America’s Libraries” has been updated with the most current research, including a new “Technology Trends” section. It provides quick, pertinent talking points and thought-provoking information for anyone interested in making the case for public, school and academic libraries.

ALA president responds to Forbes.com post that library and information science is among the worst master’s degrees

CHICAGO — American Library Association President Maureen Sullivan has issued this statement in response to a  recent Forbes.com post about the value of a library and information science master’s degree:

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