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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

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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

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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

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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

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Use the Force: How One Mass. Librarian is Using Star Wars to Get Teens Engaged

As schools and non-profit organizations struggle to improve national youth reading achievement levels, one Massachusetts librarian has devised a way to convert teenagers into active members of their local libraries: Get them excited about Star Wars. Librarian Peter Struzziero, 29,

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