The Authors for Library Ebooks campaign is an effort to add the voices of authors to those of librarians and readers calling for equitable access to digital content through libraries. There are several ways you can strengthen this initiative, and here are a few tools to get you started.
- Download the author outreach letter (Word.doc) (or .docx) and customize it to share with authors who are speaking in your library. You may send it via email or provide a paper copy of the letter and the Authors Stand with Libraries statement (PDF).
- Spread the word via your social media outlets.
- Reach out directly to authors via your social media channels. A big shout out to Jenny Arch for setting a great example with her blog post showcasing her personalized open letter and tweets (@itsokihaveabook ) like these:
- Bring the campaign into your library programming. If you host or coordinate a book discussion group for adults or teens, discuss Authors for Library Ebooks at your next meeting and organize a letter-writing campaign. Check your group’s current and previous selections in your ebook catalog. Encourage group members to reach out to those authors whose book group selections aren’t available as ebooks in your library.
- Teen readers can be powerful participants. Engage your teens to email, text, or tweet their favorite authors, and to share the campaign with their friends. Talk about Authors for Library Ebooks at any book-based teen program, or with your Teen Advisory Board. Or simply post information about the campaign in your teen area.
- If you have an area on your website geared to local authors and writers, please share our digital badge below.
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<a href="http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/a4le"><img alt="I support fair and equitable library access to ebooks and so should you." src="http://www.ala.org//transforminglibraries/sites/ala.org.transforminglibraries/files/content/a4le_badge2.png"></a>