Office for Library Advocacy

Line-up announced for Innovative Advocacy in Action Institute at ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — In a changing landscape, libraries and library communities are rethinking the way they advocate for funding and services. “Innovative Advocacy in Action: An Advocacy Institute Discussion” at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting, will showcase some of these new efforts from around the country.

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.

'Driving Advocacy with Data' webinar to showcase study and examples of making the case at local level

CHICAGO — Learn how to navigate the 2012 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study (PLFTAS) for impactful advocacy at the local level during the free webinar “Driving Advocacy with Data” from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Central time on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Attendees will learn how to interpret the latest data and emerging trends; access new advocacy and marketing tools, including state profiles, issue briefs and PR templates; and use the data to make the case for your library with elected officials and community stakeholders.

ALA president and president-elect in free webinar focusing on association, presidential initiatives

CHICAGO —“Passing the Community Engagement Baton: A Conversation with ALA President Molly Raphael and ALA President-elect Maureen Sullivan,” hosted by ALA 2013-2014 President Barbara Stripling, features an unprecedented conversation within ALA leadership, focusing on the transition of presidential initiatives and a continued focus on civic engagement. It takes place at 11:30 a.m. Central time on Friday, June 8.  There is no charge to attend, but registration for the webinar is mandatory.  Sign up today.

Free webinar to feature ALA President and President-Elect discussing the focus of association, presidential initiatives

CHICAGO – “Passing the Community Engagement Baton: A Conversation with ALA President Molly Raphael and ALA President-elect Maureen Sullivan,” hosted by ALA 2013-2014 ALA President Barbara Stripling, features an unprecedented conversation among ALA leadership, focusing on the transition of presidential initiatives and a continued focus on civic engagement. It takes place on Friday, June 8 at 11:30 a.m. Central time.

Don’t miss the Advocacy Corner at the ALA Membership Pavilion during 2012 Annual Conference

CHICAGO —Influencing library boards, using statistics to make the case and privatization are among the topics to be discussed at the Advocacy Corner at the ALA 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.  It takes place on the afternoons of Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24 at the ALA Membership Pavilion (#1939).

Dr. Ken Haycock, Stephanie Vance and Peter Pearson are among the speakers who will host short discussions, workshops and Q&A sessions designed to improve advocacy skills and showcase advocacy ideas and initiatives from all types of libraries.

'Engaging Communities through Controversy' webinar addresses intellectual freedom and 'Muslim and American' issues

CHICAGO — Join a conversation on “Engaging Communities through Controversy” at a free webinar from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. CDT on Thursday, May 10, 2012, part of ALA President Molly Raphael’s Empowering Voices, Transforming Communities initiative.

'Rallying Your Community: Mobilizing the Grassroots' webinar to showcase examples of community advocacy efforts

CHICAGO – “Rallying Your Community: Mobilizing the Grassroots” will be the topic of a free webinar sponsored by ALA’s Committee on Library Advocacy from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, May 2.

In a difficult economy, the citizen voice is more important than ever. Learn how two community organizations, the Sustainable Library Citizens Coalition of Indianapolis-Marion County (Ind.) Public Library and Urban Librarians Unite of New York City, have used their voices to impact library funding.

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