Advocacy Spotlight

Dr. Renate Chancellor talks with staff about library luminaries

Yesterday the Washington Office welcomed Associate Professor Renate Chancellor of The Catholic University of America’s Department of Library and Information Science for a breakfast discussion on the history of library advocacy and activism. Her presentation spanned the decades, from the work of E.J. Josey to the legacies left and continued by Augusta Baker and Sandy Berman. Dr. Chancellor led a ... Read More »

A visit to Senator Tester’s field office

Senator Tester speaking at a town hall meeting.

I moved to Montana three years ago when I accepted a position as director of Montana State University’s School Library Media preparation program. Like any good librarian, the very first thing I did when I moved to Bozeman was obtain my library card. And like any good library advocate, the second thing I did was learn about Montana politics. Montana ... Read More »

One library’s creative advocacy campaign to #SaveIMLS

Balloons placed around Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library as part of their library funding campaign.

In light of the threatened cuts to IMLS and federal library funding this year, we have seen an outpouring a support and an increase in advocacy efforts by librarian across the country. Over 42,000 emails were sent to the House and Senate during the Fight for Libraries! campaign alone! But many libraries did not stop at phone calls and emails. ... Read More »

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 »

OITP releases entrepreneurship white paper

Photo by Reynermedia via Flickr

In recent District Dispatch posts on National Start-Up Day Across America, the George Washington University Entrepreneurship Research and Policy Conference and National Small Business Week, I’ve made  the case that libraries are indispensable contributors to the entrepreneurship ecosystem. These posts offer broad-brush descriptions of the library community’s value and potential in the entrepreneurship space. Nowhere, however – on the District ... Read More »