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Library Advocates

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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.


Mar 26
“We should expect more – not less – from our libraries in the digital age, as technologies both expand and limit who has access to information. But this won’t happen in isolation, and it won’t happen without keeping libraries open, staffed and connected to our community partners.” How US libraries are becoming community problem solvers

“We must fundamentally change how we view libraries and move from a historical idea of libraries as merely physical repositories to seeing them as an opportunity for proactive community engagement.” How US libraries are becoming community problem solvers

Mar 12
Courtesy of Cecil County Public Library: “What do Americans say about public libraries?”

Courtesy of Cecil County Public Library: “What do Americans say about public libraries?”



Feb 11
“You need to have some freedom to learn about what you think is important without worrying about whether it ends up in some FBI file. We don’t want [library patrons] being surveilled because that will inhibit learning, and reading, and creativity.”

Alan Inouye, American Library Association

We can win this. We can stop mass spying. Join thousands around the world by taking action today:



Feb 4

Jan 29

Early reading starts at the library. Public libraries educate children years before they begin school. As centers for early literacy that offer reading materials, story times and summer reading programs, libraries are an interactive place for young children to enjoy books and reading.

Young children develop literacy skills, enjoy positive learning experiences and prepare to enter kindergarten school-ready at the library. Best of all, parents love libraries too: 97% of parents think that it is important for libraries to offer programs and classes for children and teens. Additionally, libraries improve early literacy development by educating parents and caregivers.


Jan 24
This program will be really great. We hope to see you there, tumblarians!

ALA Washington Update: Under a Microscope
The story behind the revelations about the NSA surveillance programs (Featuring Spencer Ackerman, National Security Editor for Guardian US)
Saturday, January 25, 2014 8:30-10 am PCC – 201B
Hear from this experienced editor at the Guardian about the “story behind-the-story” and how the NSA revelations have affected the public, legislators and other stakeholders. A panel of respondents will guide a discussion on how these revelations have shaken the theory of government transparency and privacy and what the implications are for libraries and library users and open government.
Patrice McDermott, Executive Director of OpenTheGovernment.org, will lead a question and response segment.
Cosponsored by the Office of Government Relations and the Office for Intellectual Freedom

Find the rest of ALA’s Washington Office #alamw14 offerings on our blog.

This program will be really great. We hope to see you there, tumblarians!

ALA Washington Update: Under a Microscope

The story behind the revelations about the NSA surveillance programs (Featuring Spencer Ackerman, National Security Editor for Guardian US)

Saturday, January 25, 2014
8:30-10 am
PCC – 201B

Hear from this experienced editor at the Guardian about the “story behind-the-story” and how the NSA revelations have affected the public, legislators and other stakeholders. A panel of respondents will guide a discussion on how these revelations have shaken the theory of government transparency and privacy and what the implications are for libraries and library users and open government.

Patrice McDermott, Executive Director of OpenTheGovernment.org, will lead a question and response segment.

Cosponsored by the Office of Government Relations and the Office for Intellectual Freedom

Find the rest of ALA’s Washington Office #alamw14 offerings on our blog.


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