Library Advocacy Now! Training

Contact: Marci Merola
PR Specialist, Advocacy

For Immediate Release
December 27, 2005

Learn strategies for speaking up about current issues at Library Advocacy Now! Training

CHICAGO - Librarians can learn how to speak up about some of the most challenging issues facing libraries today at a Library Advocacy Now! Training on Saturday, January 21, 2006, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in room 217A at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio.

The session, entitled "Google? Library closings?
The USA PATRIOT Act? Access? Funding?: Speaking Up About the Hard Issues," will feature an overview of challenging issues that libraries face at both the local and national levels.
Attendees will learn to develop, reframe and refine key messages, techniques for dealing with tough questions and strategies for making sure the compelling library message is heard at the local, state and federal levels.

Speakers include Leslie Burger, 2006-2007 ALA President-Elect; Patricia Glass Schuman, chair of the Library Advocacy Now! Subcommittee and 1991-1992 ALA Past President; Kathleen Imhoff, executive director of the Lexington (Ky.) Public Library; Erin Haggerty, ALA Washington Office's government relations specialist; and Marci Merola, ALA's public relations specialist, advocacy.

For more information on ALA's advocacy efforts and tools and resources for advocating locally, visit the Issues & Advocacy page of ALA's Web site at