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Investing In America's Libraries
ALA’s Library Champion program was launched by a select group of individual, corporate and foundation supporters who joined together to form a broad-based group to advocate for libraries and the library profession. The Campaign for America’s Libraries and its @ your library ®brand—which now supports thousands of libraries across the nation by fostering public awareness on the extensive range of resources and services available at their community library—was established from their vision.
When an individual, company or foundation supports the Campaign for America’s Libraries, they make a positive impact on libraries and the lives of their community members every single day. Children are overcoming hurdles and becoming stronger readers. Seniors and families who are living on less are getting information and advice. The unemployed are gaining job-hunting skills and getting the support and Internet access they need. Students and faculty consult with library personnel on their work requiring information resources.
ALA considers supporters of the Campaign—Library Champions—among our greatest proponents. Their gift helps every child, young adult or adult who walks through a door at a library or links to their online resources from home or school. Individuals, companies and foundations can become a Library Champion by making a $5,000 contribution or more to support the Campaign for America’s Libraries, one of ALA’s most successful public awareness and advocacy programs.
Today, the Library Champion program continues to build upon their incredible success and encourages the next generation of individuals, corporations and foundations to join them in a call to action and powerfully proclaim the importance of the library in American society.
The Benefits of being a Corporate or Foundation Library Champion
When you become a member of The Campaign for America's Libraries, you help ALA encourage hundreds of thousands of people to advocate for all types of libraries. You also become entitled to a series of thank you benefits that can help you with your employee, customer and vendor relations. Here are some of the benefits available:
- Full benefits as ALA Corporate member ($2,000 Corporate Member level)
- $1.25 per square foot discount on exhibit space at ALA Annual Conference
- Name credit in special Library Champion article in American Libraries magazine (published twice annually)
- Credit in Honor Roll of Donors at ALA conferences and online
- Option to use the Library Champions logo on all promotional materials
- NEW BENEFIT: 25% discount off any/all advertising in American Libraries magazine for $5,000 level members or 50% discount off any/all advertising in American Libraries magazine for $10,000 level members
These are just a few highlights. For a full list of Library Champion benefits, please download our Library Champions Member Benefit Information sheet (PDF).
Why Support ALA and Libraries?
With the generous support of our Library Champions, ALA is able to enhance the Associations' Campaign for America’s Libraries to help increase awareness of the value and benefit of public, school, academic and special libraries on a national level. Supporting the efforts of ALA on behalf of our nation's libraries means supporting a cornerstone of American life: access to information is essential to our democracy, our freedom of speech and the educational development of the citizens of our nation.
Libraries support families and workers in a challenging economy. As the economy continues its slow recovery, libraries nationwide continue to play an important role in communities everywhere, as people turn to them for free entertainment, to connect to the Internet and look for jobs. Read more.
Libraries are a cornerstone of education. A survey commissioned by the Texas Library Association shows that people view their libraries as a good value for their tax dollars, and support more funding for public and school libraries. 99% of those surveyed believe school libraries are an essential part of education. 94% agree that school librarians are critical to student achievement. A 93% majority supports legislation that would require public schools to provide a school library and librarian that meet statewide standards. Read more.
Libraries build community. Libraries are uniquely local institutions that reflect and sustain their individual communities. Far more than collections of books, today's libraries are places to meet, use a computer, view an exhibit or get help with homework. Working in partnership with government, education, business and civic organizations, libraries of all types - public, school, college and university - provide services and programs that support literate, productive and informed communities. Read more.
Library Champions Honor Roll of Donors
ALA would like to thank the following corporate and foundation Library Champions for their generous support.
Sustainer ($25,000 or above)
- Dollar General
Campaign for America's Libraries Investor - Library Champion since 2007
Investor ($10,000 - $24,999)
- Severn House Publishers Ltd.
Library Champion since 2000
Member ($5,000 - $9,999)
Related and Downloadable Content
Library Champions Program Overview (PDF download)
Library Champions Member Benefit Information (PDF download)
Keith Michael Fiels discusses the need for libraries (Video)