Advocacy Spotlight

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 »

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, has hosted the “Stars Wars Symposium”–a workshop program that he created (along with a school teacher) that encourages teens to ... Read More »

Advocacy Spotlight: Putting Libraries on the Ballot

In 2010, computer software designer Tom Atkins, 70, was an advocate for Colorado public libraries who had spent more than 20 years asking policymakers and local county officials to keep library funding intact. Then, without warning, commissioners in his local county of Jefferson, Colorado, voted to divert property tax revenues away from the library system into other county departments. Atkins, ... Read More »

Joan Ress Reeves, devoted trustee with a longtime commitment to libraries shares advocacy insights and stories

Joan Ress Reeves began her career in library advocacy more than thirty years ago in Providence, R.I. Now, Joan serves as a member of the Library Board of Rhode Island, the organization that advises the Office of Library and Information Services on policy issues and funding for state libraries. Reeves was one of the founders of the Coalition for Library ... Read More »