Library Advocacy

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 »

#NLLD17 roundup

The VA delegation speaks with a staffer at Rep. Bobby Scott's office.

Last week, we were thrilled to welcome over 530 librarians to Washington, D.C. for National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) 2017. With representatives from every state, and over 1,000 additional library supporters who committed to join in the advocacy efforts from home, the energy this year was higher than ever. In the wake of the President’s budget proposal, which included the ... 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 »

How to participate in #NLLD17 from home

Attendees at National Library Legislative Day 2016 in the reception photobooth

As library supporters from across the United States prepare to go to Washington, D.C. to participate in National Library Legislative Day, don’t forget that you can participate from home! All week long (May 1-5th), we’re asking library supporters to email, call, and tweet their Members of Congress about federal library funding and other key library issues. Register now, and you will ... Read More »

Reintroducing the ALA Washington Office Newsline

Four front pages of the print Washington Office newsletters, dating back to 1947.

There are many public resources about upcoming hearings, current legislation, news alerts, how to help, who to call… the information never stops. … the information never stops. That’s why—in honor of National Library Week—we are announcing the reintroduction of the ALA Washington Office Newsline, a twice-weekly “vertical file” and email briefing, which we hope will help to make sense of ... Read More »