ALA presents advocacy leadership program at 2007 Midwinter Meeting

Contact: Marci Merola

PR Specialist, Advocacy

For Immediate Release

December 20, 2006

ALA presents advocacy leadership program at 2007 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) will present "Creating Advocacy Leaders: An Advocacy Institute Leadership Program" at the 2007 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle on Saturday, January 20, 2007 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in rooms 602-603 of the Washington State Convention and Trade Center.

A follow-up to the Advocacy Institute, held on January 19, 2007, this two-hour session focuses on refining advocacy skills, including community organizing and coalition building, networking, presenting trainings, and working with the media.

"It's clearly the time to reinvigorate our advocacy network," said Carol A. Brey-Casiano, Chair of the Library Advocacy Now! Subcommittee of the ALA Public Awareness Committee and 2004-2005 ALA President. "We're not just looking for people to attend this program, we're looking for long-term advocates."

Carol A. Brey-Casiano will moderate the training, as well as host a breakout session on organizing communities. Other speakers include Patricia Glass-Schuman, ALA Past-President and President, Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.; Kathleen Imhoff, Executive Director of the Lexington (Ky.) Public Library; Susan Schmidt, Past-President, FOLUSA and Past-President, Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Maryland; and Larry Corbus, Corbus Library Consultants.

No advance registration is required. To learn more or to register for the Advocacy Institute, visit

This program, part of the Advocacy Institute, is sponsored by the ALA Public Awareness Committee and is made possible by a grant from the Ford Foundation.