For immediate release | March 15, 2011

Advocacy Institute at Annual to focus on boomers, staff and students as vocal library supporters

CHICAGO – Reserve your spot today for the "Boomers, Staff & Students -- Engaging the Many Voices of Advocacy: An Advocacy Institute Workshop" during ALA’s 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans. The program will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2011. Advanced registration is priced at $50 and onsite will be $75.

With these three segments of the population inherently understanding the value of the library, attendees will learn how to engage boomers, staff and students to be vocal supporters for libraries and explore ways to mobilize these groups as advocates. Buffy Hamilton, high school librarian, Creekview High School, Canton, Ga. will speak on students as advocates; Carla Lehn, library programs consultant, California State Library, will discuss reaching the Baby Boomer generation; and Pamela Sandlian Smith, director, Rangeview Library District (Colo.), will explain how to empower library staff.

The workshop will also highlight federal legislation and lobbying and how it affects libraries on a grassroots level. Vivian Wynn, chair, Federal Library Legislative and Advocacy Network (FLLAN), will discuss how libraries can get informed and get involved on ways to protect fundamental library values.

For more information and to register, please visit, The first 50 people to register for the "Nuts & Bolts for Friends, Foundations and Trustees" and the Institute will save $25 off their combined registration.

"Boomers, Staff & Students -- Engaging the Many Voices of Advocacy: An Advocacy Institute Workshop" is presented in partnership with the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), ALA’s Washington Office and organized by the Advocacy Training Subcommittee of the ALA Committee on Library Advocacy, in conjunction with the ALA Office for Library Advocacy.



Jaclyn Finneke