Library Advocacy

ALA secures activism leaders for Washington Update session

Golden gate bridge and Fort Point in San Francisco. Photo by Jon Sullivan.

For decades, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Library Association (ALA) have stood shoulder to shoulder on the front lines of the fight for privacy online, at the library and in many other spheres of our daily lives. Standing in for EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn, the award-winning group’s Activism Director, Rainey Reitman, will discuss that proud shared ... Read More »

Chairman Wheeler E-rate game #OnPoint

FCC Building in Washington, D.C.

E-rate is nothing if not opportunistic and opportunity struck while hundreds of librarians combed congressional offices during National Library Legislative Day to talk with representatives about funding the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and to support programs for school libraries as well as Net Neutrality and privacy issues. I was able to sneak two away from the Leg Day ... Read More »

Library advocacy gains national media attention

Senator Chuck Grassley with NLLD participants in 2015.

American Library Association President Courtney Young brought national attention to the history of library advocacy around privacy, surveillance and the USA PATRIOT Act this week when Beltway powerhouse publication The Hill published Young’s moving op-ed “Long Lines for Freedom.” In the op-ed, Young discusses the library community’s vocal involvement in opposing the PATRIOT Act: Today, close to 400 librarians and ... Read More »

Hundreds gather in D.C. for 41st annual National Library Legislative Day

NLLD crowd

This week, hundreds of library supporters met in Washington, D.C. to speak with their legislators about the importance of libraries. From May 4–5, 2015, more than 400 library advocates met with members of Congress to discuss key library issues during the American Library Association’s (ALA) 41st annual National Library Legislative Day. This year, National Library Legislative Day advocates asked their ... Read More »

Library community loses public service advocate Charles Benton

It is with a heavy heart that I share news of the passing of Charles Benton—activist, philanthropist,founder and former CEO of the Benton Foundation. Charles was a long-time leader in the library field who served as the former chairman and chairman emeritus of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science and served on the National Museum and Library Services ... Read More »