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Library Advocates

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May 22

May 12
The midterm elections are steadily approaching, and libraries need to be prepared. Want to learn more about how the November elections will affect libraries? Don’t miss this year’s ALA Washington Update session, where former Virginia Senator Jim Webb will discuss the upcoming national election season and detail the ways that the political cycle will impact libraries and library funding. The session takes place on Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 8:30–10:00 a.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center N259/261.

The midterm elections are steadily approaching, and libraries need to be prepared. Want to learn more about how the November elections will affect libraries? Don’t miss this year’s ALA Washington Update session, where former Virginia Senator Jim Webb will discuss the upcoming national election season and detail the ways that the political cycle will impact libraries and library funding. The session takes place on Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 8:30–10:00 a.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center N259/261.


May 8
Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) prominently displaying the NLLD14 folder along with delegate, Nicolette Warisee Sosulski from Portage District Library.
Do you have any photos from NLLD14 you’d like us to post? Share them with us!

Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) prominently displaying the NLLD14 folder along with delegate, Nicolette Warisee Sosulski from Portage District Library.

Do you have any photos from NLLD14 you’d like us to post? Share them with us!


May 7

As promised, here are some photos from the 40th National Library Legislative Day. You can find more on our flickr.


Apr 24

Libraries matter: use videos to advocate for libraries

This May, National Library Legislative Day participants can use the “Libraries Matter” videos to educate policymakers about the countless ways that libraries impact their communities. Library champions are encouraged to send the videos to policymakers before or after their scheduled meetings advocacy meetings (i.e., in a “thank you” note). Access the full video playlist.

Share the videos on social media using the #LibrariesMatter hashtag.


Apr 22
“Library advocacy is one clear-cut way for me to give back in some small way what they have given to me, my family, North Carolina, and our nation. Knowledge is power. Literacy is a gift that keeps on giving. Libraries also do so much more for other people—youth programming, access to technology, work force development, a place for the community to meet, and books—lots of books—in all different formats. We need the continuing support of our legislators to help us keep growing and providing vital services to our communities. Libraries make me so happy that I will dance for libraries. Do libraries make you happy?” Anthony Chow, co-chair of the North Carolina Library Association’s Legislative and Advocacy Committee

Apr 21

Both school and public libraries have played a pivotal role in helping build the joy and love of reading in our children. For this, my wife and I will be forever grateful. I am a library advocate and wish the same feeling of joy and empowerment for all Americans. I want to give back what they have given to me.

Libraries: Our story, our future

Both school and public libraries have played a pivotal role in helping build the joy and love of reading in our children. For this, my wife and I will be forever grateful. I am a library advocate and wish the same feeling of joy and empowerment for all Americans. I want to give back what they have given to me.

Libraries: Our story, our future


Apr 10
Now’s the time to stand up for libraries
With all that’s happened in Washington in the past year—threats to eliminate the federal agency that administers funding to libraries, legislation to stifle open access and the government shutdown—now is the time, more than ever, to stand up for libraries. If you appreciate the critical roles that libraries play in creating an informed and engaged citizenry, register now for this year’s National Library Legislative Day (NLLD), a two-day advocacy event where hundreds of library supporters, leaders and patrons will meet with their legislators to advocate for library funding.

Now’s the time to stand up for libraries

With all that’s happened in Washington in the past year—threats to eliminate the federal agency that administers funding to libraries, legislation to stifle open access and the government shutdown—now is the time, more than ever, to stand up for libraries. If you appreciate the critical roles that libraries play in creating an informed and engaged citizenry, register now for this year’s National Library Legislative Day (NLLD), a two-day advocacy event where hundreds of library supporters, leaders and patrons will meet with their legislators to advocate for library funding.


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