You can still register online for the Advocacy Institute

Contacts: Marci Merola
PR Specialist - Advocacy
John Amundsen
Administrative Assistant

For Immediate Release
May 29, 2007

You can still register online for the Advocacy Institute

CHICAGO – Advance online registration for the Advocacy Institute during the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2007 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., is still available. The online fee is $35, which is a $15 discount from registering on-site. To register, please visit

The full-day Advocacy Institute, which will be held Friday, June 22, at the Renaissance Washington Hotel, begins with advocacy basics, such as goal setting, message development and coalition-building techniques. The featured extensive lobbying session during the afternoon, led by former lobbyist and congressional aide Stephanie Vance, Advocacy Associates, LLC, will offer library advocates hands-on exercises, role-play, and ways to effectively lobby decision makers in Congress.

Speakers include Gail Dysleski, Past-President, New Jersey Library Trustee Association; Susan J. Schmidt, Past-President, Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA) and Past-President, Friends of the Library, Montgomery County (Md.); Mary Baykan, Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year 2007; Carol A. Brey-Casiano, Chair, Library Advocacy Now! Subcommittee, 2004-2005 ALA Past-President; Sally Reed, Chair, Advocacy Institute Task Force, Executive Director, FOLUSA; Keith Michael Fiels, Executive Director, ALA; and Marci Merola, ALA Advocacy Specialist. During the lunch hour, attendees will be able to network with their fellow advocates. U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen (D – Md.) has been invited to attend.

The Advocacy Institute is co-sponsored by the Maryland Library Association, the Delaware Library Association, the Virginia Library Association and the District of Columbia Library Association; and 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