On-site registration available for 2006 Advocacy Institute

Contact: Marci Merola
PR Specialist-Advocacy


For Immediate Release
June 15, 2006

On-site registration available for 2006 Advocacy Institute

CHICAGO--On-site registration will be available for the Advocacy Institute, held in conjunction with the American Library Association's (ALA) 2006 Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Registration for the 2006 Advocacy Institute is $25 for ALA members and non-members, and includes lunch. You do not need to be registered for the Annual Conference to attend this program; however, if you plan to attend, please contact
advocacy@ala.org no later than June 19, 2006 so that a lunch can be reserved for you. On-site registration will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 23, just prior to the Advocacy Institute, which will be held at the Astor Crowne Plaza, 739 Canal Street.

The program begins with a luncheon presentation on two timely legislative issues: the 65 Percent Rule and TABOR (Tax Payer Bill of Rights) laws.
Ann Dutton Ewbank, chair of the AASL Task Force on Instructional Classification, will discuss the 65 Percent Rule affecting school libraries and Kay Boies, executive director, Oklahoma Library Assn., will provide an update on TABOR (Tax Payer Bill of Rights) Laws, affecting states throughout the country. Gloria Meraz, Texas Library Association, will moderate.

The main program will begin after lunch and will address advocacy topics such as goal setting, message development, crisis communications and lobbying. Presenters include Gail Dysleski, president, New Jersey Library Trustee Association and Advocacy Institute Task Force member; Susan Schmidt, past-president, Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA); Sally Reed, executive director, FOLUSA; Carol A. Brey-Casiano, chair, Advocacy Institute Task Force and 2004-2005 ALA Immediate Past President; Fran Roscello, AASL, Dr. Ismail Adbullahi, associate professor, North Carolina Central University; Dr. Beth Paskoff, dean, School of Library and Information Science, Louisiana State University; and Keith Michael Fiels, executive director, ALA.

The Advocacy Institute at the 2006 ALA Annual Conference is co-sponsored by the Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas Library Associations, as well as SOLINET and the Mississippi State Library. It is a project of the Advocacy Institute Task Force of the ALA Public Awareness Committee, in partnership with the ALA Chapter Relations Office, the Association for Trustees and Advocates, the ALA Washington Office, the ALA Public Information Office, and Friends of Libraries USA. The Institute is made possible by a grant from the Ford Foundation. For more information, visit