Author Archives: Shawnda Hines

Build relationships to advance advocacy

Rep. Grijalva at the press conference.

A crowd gathered this week outside the El Pueblo Library in South Tucson where Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D) and other library advocates to discuss the possible effects of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts — including the elimination of the IMLS —on libraries in Arizona and nationwide. A statement by ALA Julie Todaro was read at the event, in which the ... Read More »

Library advocates make the local editorial pages

Pile of letters with "Letters to the Editor" written on top

In response to President Trump’s proposed federal budget cuts, library professionals and supporters have sent a clear message to members of Congress and in their local editorial pages (see our previous post on writing letters to the editor). While the proposed elimination of IMLS and deep funding cuts for libraries is not news to us, many (if not most!) people in our ... Read More »

After calling Congress, write a letter to the editor

Pile of letters with "Letters to the Editor" written on top

The single most impactful action you can take to save funding for libraries right now is to contact your member of Congress directly. Once you’ve done that, there is another action you can take to significantly amplify your voice and urge public support for libraries: writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. (Examples published subsequent to this ... Read More »

The Congressional App Challenge: Connecting today’s Congress with tomorrow’s coders

Congressional App Challenge Logo

Today’s guest post is contributed by Rhianon Anderson, Executive Director of the Congressional App Challenge, which is sponsored in part by the Washington Office of the American Library Association. The Challenge is a perfect way for libraries to connect teens to coding and civic participation – and to engage our members of Congress in the ways that libraries are serving the ... Read More »

And the James Madison Award goes to… Senator Jon Tester

Photo of Senator John Tester seated at a microphone.

The American Library Association Washington Office is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 James Madison Award is Senator Jon Tester of Montana. The award will be presented by ALA Past President Sari Feldman in a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, March 15. Even if you can’t join us in Washington, you will be able to ... Read More »