Coalition Building for All Libraries in a Tough Economy at ALA Annual Conference

Contact: Marci Merola


ALA Office for Library Advocacy



For Immediate Release

June 30, 2009Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â

CHICAGO – Join ALA President Jim Rettig; moderator Jan Sanders, director of libraries and information services for the city of Pasadena, Calif.; and others for “Coalition Building for All Libraries in a Tough Economy” during ALA’s 2009 Annual Conference in Chicago.

The program, which will take place from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, at McCormick Place West, Room 196b, will focus on the value of building statewide coalitions during times of economic downturn and the concept of the “Library Ecosystem,” or how libraries of all types are interdependent.

Panelists include Donna Bero, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library; Gerri Fegan, president of the Massachusetts School Library Association; Pat Harris, councilman and trustee, St. Paul, Minn.; Carole Kupelian, president of the School Library Media Section of NYLA; and Anne Masters, director of the Pioneer Library System in Oklahoma.

For more information on the panel discussion and the “Library Ecosystem”, please visit,

“Coalition Building for All Libraries in a Tough Economy” at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference is sponsored by the Advocacy Training Subcommittee of the ALA Committee on Library Advocacy, the ALA Chapter Relations Committee, the Committee on Legislation, and Jim Rettig’s Ad Hoc Task Force on Advocacy. It is coordinated by the
Office for Library Advocacy (OLA).Â