ALA presents Advocacy Institute at 2007 KPLA/KLTRT Annual Conference

Contact: Marci Merola
PR Specialist, Advocacy
John Amundsen
PR Assistant, Advocacy
For Immediate Release
March 13, 2007

ALA presents Advocacy Institute at 2007 KPLA/KLTRT Annual Conference

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is presenting an Advocacy Institute at the 2007 Annual Conference of the Kentucky Public Libraries Association (KPLA) and Kentucky Library Trustees Round Table (KLTRT) in Florence, Kentucky on Wednesday, April 25, 2007, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Hilton Cincinnati Airport.

"The Advocacy Institute is a great opportunity to hear from experts and community leaders on advocating for support for libraries across Kentucky,” said Judith Gibbons, Field Services Director of the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives.

Attendees of the Advocacy Institute will take home strategies to successfully advocate for their libraries, including message development, lobbying basics, and how to create coalitions with library staff members, trustees and Friends. Throughout the morning, attendees will work on an action plan that they can implement in their libraries. The Advocacy Institute is useful for beginning advocates as well as those wishing to brush-up on their skills.

Guest speakers include Judith Gibbons, Field Services Director, Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives and ALA Public Awareness Committee Chair; Kathleen Imhoff, Director, Lexington Public Library and ALA Public Relations Assembly Chair; and Marci Merola, PR Specialist-Advocacy, American Library Association.

The program is free to trustees and Friends; $30 for KPlA/KLTRT members and $40 for non- members. Registration forms can be downloaded at

The Advocacy Institute is coordinated by the Advocacy Institute Task Force of the ALA Public Awareness Committee in cooperation with The Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA), The Chapter Relations Committee, The Committee on Legislation, and Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA).

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