Onsite registration available at Advocacy Institute

Contacts: Marci Merola

Interim Director, Office for Library Advocacy

(312) 280-2431

John Amundsen

Administrative Assistant

(312) 280-5041

For Immediate Release,

January 8, 2008

Onsite registration available at Advocacy Institute

CHICAGO - Looking to improve your advocacy skills? Want to meet fellow library supporters from across the country? Get the tools to become an effective library advocate by attending the Advocacy Institute at the American Library Association's (ALA) 2008 Midwinter Meeting. If you've missed the deadline for advance registration, on-site registration for the event will begin at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 11 in Salon G at the Marriott Philadelphia.

From 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. that day, 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) on building advocacy at the young adult level, specialized breakout sessions will focus on specific areas such as budgeting and bond issues and referendums. Attendees will leave with an action plan that they can implement in their communities or campuses. On-site registration is $75, and will include a box lunch. If you plan to attend, please email
advocacy@ala.org by Wednesday, Jan. 9.

Featured presenters at the Advocacy Institute include Jim Rettig, 2008-2009 ALA president-elect; Shirley Bruursema, of the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA); Susan J. Schmidt, past president, Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA) and past president, Friends of the Library, Montgomery County (Md.); Carol A. Brey-Casiano, chair, Library Advocacy Now! Subcommittee of the ALA Public Awareness Committee and 2004-2005 ALA past-president; Peter Pearson, executive director, Friends of the St. Paul Public Library (Mn.); Marci Merola, interim director, ALA Office for Library Advocacy; and Megan Humphrey, manager, Campaign for America's Libraries.

The Advocacy Institute is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA), New York Library Association (NYLA) and the New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) and 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 Washington Office's Committee on Legislation and Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA). For more information, visit