NYLA to co-sponsor Advocacy Institute

Contacts: Marci Merola

Interim Director, Office for Library Advocacy



John Amundsen

Administrative Assistant, PIO



For Immediate Release,

November 13, 2007

NYLA to co-sponsor Advocacy Institute

CHICAGO - The New York Library Association (NYLA) has announced that it will co-sponsor the Advocacy Institute to be held during the American Library Association's (ALA) 2008 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, January 11, the Advocacy Institute will cover core advocacy skills, including message development and coalition building, during the morning session. In the afternoon, following a collaborative luncheon with the Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA), specialized breakout sessions will focus on making effective budget presentations, crisis communications and passing bond issues/referenda. Attendees will leave with an action plan that they can implement in their communities or campuses. Advance online registration is $50 for members and non-members alike. Price includes lunch. To register, visit

The Advocacy Institute is open to ALA members and non-members, including those who are not registered for the ALA 2008 Midwinter Conference. Advance registration for ALA members and non-members, available soon, will be $50, including lunch. Onsite registration is $75. For more information, please visit

Co-sponsored by NYLA, the Advocacy Institute is coordinated by the Office for Library Advocacy and the Advocacy Institute Task Force of the ALA Public Awareness Committee, in cooperation with the ALA Public Information Office (PIO), 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