still time to register: anaheim advocacy institute explores school library crisis: spokane moms” scheduled to speak

Contact: Marci Merola
Director, ALA Office for Library Advocacy
(312) 280-2431

For Immediate Release
May 21, 2008

Still Time to Register: Anaheim Advocacy Institute explores School Library Crisis: Spokane Moms” scheduled to speak

Meet the “<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Spokane Moms” at the ALA Advocacy Institute, Friday, June 27, 2008. Founders of the Washington Coalition for School Libraries and Information Technology, Spokane Moms Lisa Layera Brunkan, Denette Hill, and Susan McBurney will discuss their grassroots efforts, which have raised $4 million for school libraries in Washington state.

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“School Libraries in Crisis: Why Everyone Should Care,” will take place on Friday, June 27th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Grand Ballroom E/F at the Hyatt Regency Orange County (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.) during the 2008 Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

Attendees will learn how the crisis in school libraries can affect libraries of all types, and how to leverage this crisis into their own advocacy campaigns.

Online advance registration to the program is still available at the discounted rate of $50, including a box lunch. Registration to ALA’s Annual Conference is not required. To register, please visit

Also available is the “I Love Libraries” Advocate’s Package, which includes registration for the Advocacy Institute, “Exhibits Supreme” badge for Annual Conference, and an Advocacy Membership, for $100 (a $120 value). To learn more, visit

The Advocacy Institute in Anaheim, California, is co-sponsored by the California Library Association (CLA), the California School Library Association (CSLA), and the American Association of School Librarians. It is coordinated by the Office for Library Advocacy (OLA), the OLA Advocacy Committee, the Advocacy Institute Task Force and the Library Advocacy Now! Training Subcommittee, 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).