Merola to discuss library advocacy

Contact: JoAnne Kempf

Office of ALA Governance

(312) 280-3212


For immediate release

April 7, 2009

The next installment in the series of ALA President Jim Rettig’s ALA Connections Salons will be an online discussion with Marci Merola, director of ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy. From Seattle Moms to the economic crisis, Merola will discuss the various aspects of library advocacy. The discussion will take place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST Friday, April 17.

Online Programming for All Libraries (OPAL) Coordinator Tom Peters will begin the hour with an interview with Merola. Following the interview, participants will be free to ask questions and engage with Merola and with one another to discuss other ways ALA can make connections.

The salon will take place in OPAL, a user-friendly site offering online rooms where participants can interact via voice-over-IP, text chatting, synchronized browsing and other functions. The link for the salon is, and a tip sheet for users is available atÂ

Like its 17th and 18th Century European counterparts, the ALA Connections Salon offers a place for ALA members to gather and discuss professional topics of interest. The final two salons in the series will take place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST Fridays as follows:

May 15 Education and Recruitment Connections

June 19 Future Connections

For more information about ALA President Jim Rettig’s initiatives, please visit .