Advocacy Spotlight

Time to vote for libraries at SXSW

South by Southwest welcome banner.

Believe it or not, the annual interdisciplinary fete known as South by Southwest (SXSW) is once again around the corner – and, as in years past, we need your help to make sure libraries are well represented. Last year, with your help, OITP’s Larra Clark participated in the Austin-based event (which consists of four separate convenings – SXSW Interactive, SXSW ... Read More »

Change Looks Impossible When You Start

“Change looks impossible when you start, inevitable when you finish” – Bob Hunter There seems to never a really be a great opportunity to take time out and visit legislators. It takes energy, a time commitment and it can sometimes seem futile and a bit overwhelming. But I have learned from the many American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ... Read More »

Counting on Advocates: Illinois Advocate Mary Ann Bretzlauf Awarded for Library Leadership

Today, library advocate Mary Ann Bretzlauf, of Gurnee, Ill., received the American Library Association’s White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce Award for her commitment to supporting national libraries. Libraries are great equalizers–if they remain fairly funded. Bretzlauf received the award during the association’s 39th Annual National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. A strong and tireless advocate ... Read More »

What congressmen need to know about libraries

Kevin Smith knows how to get library advocates revved up about meeting with policymakers. As the President-elect and Legislative Coordinator of the Virginia Library Association, Kevin uses his political expertise and messaging know-how to advocate effectively for libraries every year during the American Library Association’s annual National Library Legislative Day (NLLD). When he’s not in Washington, D.C. advocating for libraries, ... Read More »

Advocacy Spotlight: Speaking with ALA Councilor Jessica Scalph

Jessica Scalph is no stranger to library advocacy. The Virginia-based librarian, who has served as the ALA Virginia Chapter Councilor since 2008, has used her public library experience and background as law librarian to become well-versed in Internet filtering, library funding and intellectual freedom issues. Scalph also knows how to work positively with legislators–she has participated in the American Library ... Read More »