Advocacy Spotlight

Last chance to support libraries at SXSW

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A couple of weeks ago, the ALA Washington Office urged support for library programs at South by Southwest (SXSW). The library community’s footprint at this annual set of conferences and activities has expanded in recent years, and we must keep this trend going! Now is your last chance to do your part, as public voting on panel proposals will end ... Read More »

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 »