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We’re only as good as our members are engaged

This week at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 2017 Conference, academic librarians and information professionals convened around the emerging issues challenging higher education, due to federal funding cuts and new regulations. On Thursday morning, ALA and ACRL jointly hosted a Postcards to Lawmakers town hall, during which member leaders Emily Drabinski, coordinator of library instruction at Long ... Read More »

Look Back, Move Forward: Library Services and Technology Act

1995 Resolution on Library Services and Technology Act reauthorization

Thank you to everyone for sharing your #SaveIMLS stories. Please keep it coming – more than 7,700 tweets (nearly doubling our count since last Thursday). As we prepare for the appropriations process, here’s a look back on how ALA Council resolved to support the Library Services and Technology Act in June 1995. As we move forward into the “Dear Appropriator Letters” ... Read More »

After calling Congress, write a letter to the editor

Pile of letters with "Letters to the Editor" written on top

The single most impactful action you can take to save funding for libraries right now is to contact your member of Congress directly. Once you’ve done that, there is another action you can take to significantly amplify your voice and urge public support for libraries: writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. If you’ve never done it, ... Read More »

#ALAWO is tracking #SaveIMLS and collecting your stories

TAGS data visualization photo of networked #SaveIMLS conversation online.

Since 11 a.m. last Thursday (and as of 5 p.m. this afternoon), there have been 3,838 tweets under the #saveIMLS hashtag on Twitter. That is over 767 tweets a day. Or, sliced another way, there are currently 1,800 people who are participating in the conversation on Twitter. Anyway you dice it, we need this momentum to continue. Right now, the ... Read More »

NLLD 2017 keynote announced

Attendees at National Library Legislative Day 2016 in the reception photobooth

We are happy to announce the keynote speaker for National Library Legislative Day 2017! Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU National Security Project, will be joining us in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2017. The National Security Project is dedicated to ensuring that U.S. national security policies and practices are consistent with the Constitution, civil liberties, and human rights. According to the ... Read More »