State Representative Menéndez to speak at 2006 Advocacy Institute

Contact: Marci Merola

PR Specialist-Advocacy

For Immediate Release

January 17, 2006

State Representative Menéndez to speak at 2006 Advocacy Institute

CHICAGO – January 12, 2006 – Texas State Representative José Menéndez will be a guest speaker at the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2006 Advocacy Institute at the Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio.

In November 2000, Mr. Menéndez was elected to the Texas House of Representatives to serve District 124. During the 77th Legislative, session he was appointed to the Committee on Financial Institutions and the Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee. Rep. Menéndez is currently serving his third term in the Texas House and is on the powerful Appropriations Committee, House Administration Committee and Urban Affairs. Mr. Menéndez focuses on public education, housing and economic development issues, and the state's operating budget.

The Institute will be held on Friday, January 20 at the Hilton Palacio del Rio Hotel from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Del Rey Central and South rooms. On-site registration will take place from 9 to 10 a.m., prior to the event. Registration is $25 for ALA members and non-members and includes lunch. You do not need to be registered for the Midwinter Meeting to attend this program; however, if you plan to attend, please contact no later than Jan. 17, 2006 so that a lunch can be reserved for you.

Attendees of the Advocacy Institute will learn strategies to successfully advocate for their libraries, including message development, lobbying basics and how to create coalitions with library staff members, trustees and Friends. The program is designed for new advocates or anyone wanting to refresh their skills.

Other guest speakers include ALA Immediate Past-President Carol A. Brey-Casiano; Sally Reed, Executive Director, FOLUSA and Chair, ALA Public Awareness Committee; and Glenn Miller, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Library Association.

It is co-sponsored by the Texas Library Association, New Mexico Library Association and Arkansas Library Association and coordinated by the Advocacy Institute Task Force of the Public Awareness Committee, The Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA), The Chapter Relations Committee, and The Committee on Legislation and Friends of Libraries USA. For more information, visit

The Institute is made possible by a grant from the Ford Foundation. For more information, visit