Advocacy Institute to be Web cast, archived on ALA Web site

Contact: Marci Merola

PR Specialist – Advocacy


For Immediate Release

June 16, 2005

Advocacy Institute to be Web cast, archived on ALA Web site

Chicago – The ALA Advocacy Institute will be Web cast, so members, library trustees, Friends and advocates can “virtually” attend the 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. preconference, Friday, June 24. The Advocacy Institute will be held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 East North Water Street, Ballroom V.

The Advocacy Institute can be accessed anywhere in the Unites States with the use of a phone line plus a computer with an Internet connection and web browser. Often referred to as a “Webinar,” this format allows presentation materials to be shown via the Internet, while the audio portion of the Institute will be broadcast live through the telephone. Online participants can interact with presenters during Q&A sessions by submitting questions through the Internet. Presenters will address questions in the order received, and as time allows.

The Advocacy Institute will target the beginning library advocate. Attendees will learn to build a community of support for their libraries, as well as develop strategies for dealing with library issues specific to their communities. Organizers believe that the program will be meaningful to academic, school, public and special librarians.

In addition, the Advocacy Institute will be archived and made available free of charge via ALA Website for 30 days.

For those interested in participating in Chicago, onsite registration will take place at the Sheraton, Friday morning at 9 am. Registration costs $10 and includes lunch. There is no cost for virtual attendees.

To register for the “Webinar” simply dial (866) 597-7814, and enter the conference ID as directed. The conference ID for the Advocacy Institute is: 7203611. The operator will ask for participant name, organization and email address. Participants will need to access the web portion of the program at the following address: Please enter participant name where indicated, and click the “Join” button.

The Advocacy Institute is coordinated by the Carol A. Brey-Casiano Presidential Committee, The Public Awareness Committee, and The Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA), The Chapter Relations Committee, The Committee on Legislation and Friends of Libraries USA. The Advocacy Institute is the recipient of the 2004 World Book Goal Award.

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