For immediate release | January 10, 2012

Register by January 13 and save on advocacy preconferences at Midwinter

CHICAGO – Room still available for the “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends, and Foundations” and “Mobilizing Community Support for Your Library: An Advocacy Institute Workshop” during ALA’s 2012 Midwinter Meeting in Dallas and save $25 off the combined registration (for the first 50 registrants). Both programs will take place Friday, Jan. 20, 2011, at the Omni Hotel Dallas.

The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations’ (ALTAFF) Nuts & Bolts morning program, entitled “Teeter-tottering on the Edge of the Future: Transforming Libraries,” will feature keynote speaker Dr. Ron Heezen, executive director of the Shreve Memorial Library in Shreveport, La. A meet and greet with coffee will begin at 8:30 a.m., and a boxed lunch will be served at noon. Advanced registration for is priced at $50, and onsite it will be $75.

“Mobilizing Community Support for Your Library: An Advocacy Institute Workshop” will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. The workshop will focus on engaging and mobilizing Friends and trustee groups, opinion-makers and civic organizations to support all types of libraries. Presenters include: Dr. Jennifer Martin, Ph.D., senior associate provost and dean of the Graduate School, Texas Woman's University; Ed Palmer, chairman, Municipal Library Board, Dallas, and Rocco Staino, retired director of the Mary I. Keefe Library, North Salem Central Schools, N.Y. and contributing editor, School Library Journal.

Advanced registration is priced at $50, and onsite it will be $75. No lunch is offered during the afternoon session.

"Mobilizing Community Support for Your Library: An Advocacy Institute Workshop" is sponsored by the Texas Library Association. It is presented in partnership with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ALTAFF and is organized by the Advocacy Training Subcommittee of the ALA Committee on Library Advocacy, in conjunction with the ALA Office for Library Advocacy.

Friday’s events are the first in a series of presentations on empowering communities and library transformation. On Saturday Jan. 21, and Sunday, Jan. 22, join David Lankes, professor, Syracuse iSchool and ALA President Molly Raphael for two afternoons of deep conversation about the evolving needs of our communities and how we can transform libraries to meet the challenges our communities are experiencing. Both sessions run from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Dallas Convention Center, Room DCC-A1 and are open to all Midwinter Meeting attendees; watch for sign-up information. Picking up and continuing the conversation as the featured speaker in President Raphael’s President's Program from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Sunday in the DCC Theater, is Rich Harwood who is described as “one of the great thinkers in American public life.”

For more information and to register, please visit the Advocacy Events page of the ALA website.