Annual training sessions offer guidance for boosting advocacy in communities, with Congress

This year’s National Library Legislative Day was a success with over 360 people flying to Washington, D.C., to meet in person with their elected officials. Advocates back home sent over 5,000 messages to Congress.  To build on this success, please attend the following training sessions at ALA’s Annual Conference in New Orleans:

Boomers, Staff & Students — Engaging the Many Voices of Advocacy: An Advocacy Institute Workshop

Date: Friday, June 24
Time:
1 – 4 p.m.
Location: Marriott Convention Center – River Bend 2
Event Code: ALA9

Three segments of the population inherently understand the value of the library: Baby Boomers, library staff, and students. How can we engage them to be vocal supporters for libraries? This Advocacy Institute Workshop will explore ways to mobilize these groups as library advocates. Speakers include Buffy Hamilton, High School Librarian, Creekview High School, Canton, Georgia; Carla Lehn, Library Programs Consultant, California State Library; Kathryn Totten, Experience Manager, Anythink Libraries; and Vivian Wynn, Wynn Library Consulting & Chair, Committee on Legislation Grassroots Subcommittee.  Presented by the Advocacy Training Subcommittee of the Committee on Library Advocacy, in partnership with ALTAFF. Co-sponsored by the Louisiana Library Association and the Mississippi Library Association. Tickets cost $50 advance, and $75 on site.  Register now!

Federal Advocacy — Take it to the next level!

Congress has a long to-do list for the end of this year and into 2012. The reauthorization of the Elementary Secondary Education Act and appropriations for FY2012 are just a few of the items on their agenda that affect libraries.  This program will cover a variety of skills and strategies to make you the best federal advocate you can be.

Date: Sunday, June 26
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: MCC — Rm. 276

To register, contact Kristin Murphy at kmurphy@alawash.org.

About Jenni Terry

Jenni Terry was a press officer with the Washington Office.

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