New “I Love Libraries” Package available at 2008 Annual Conference

Contact: Marci Merola

Director, Office for Library Advocacy

(312) 280-2431

For Immediate Release,

March 4, 2008

New “I Love Libraries” Package available at 2008 Annual Conference

Advocacy Institute, Exhibits Supreme conference admission and Advocacy Membership offered at a discounted rate

CHICAGO - The American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Library Advocacy is pleased to announce the availability of a new discounted package for library advocates for ALA's 2008 Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. The “I Love Libraries” Package will include registration at the ALA Advocacy Institute on Friday, June 26, “Exhibits Supreme” limited-access registration at the Conference and an Advocacy Membership, which includes a monthly e-newsletter, all for $100 - a $125 value.

The “I Love Libraries” package will feature the Advocacy Institute, a day-long workshop and luncheon offering advocacy essentials such as message development and coalition building, and will feature afternoon breakout sessions on making budget presentations, crisis communications and passing bond issues and referenda. This program offers a valuable opportunity to network and share ideas with library advocates from across the nation. All attendees will leave with the tools necessary to become better advocates for their communities and campuses.

Also included is the Exhibits Supreme badge, which includes all four days of the exhibits (Saturday-Tuesday) only, plus the Opening General Session, ALA President's Program, Closing Session and the Auditorium Speaker Series. In addition, registrants will receive an Advocacy Membership, which will feature an e-newsletter on library advocacy news and issues from across the country.

Created in conjunction with ALA's website for the public,, The Friends of Ilovelibraries Advocacy Membership is a $25 donation to assist ALA in educating the general public about libraries.

For more information and to register for the “I Love Libraries” package, and to register, please visit

The Advocacy Institute is coordinated by the ALA 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