Library Advocacy

Successful National Library Legislative Day concludes

Group photo of Nation Library Legislative Day attendees

This week, the ALA Washington Office kicked off the 42nd National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) in Washington, DC, with a little help from over 400 library supporters. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from keynote speaker and former Member of Congress Rush Holt, and also heard from a number of expert speakers. Panels included an issue briefing with Washington Office ... Read More »

Libraries need to Grow2Gig+

John Windhausen, SHLB members launch the #Grow2Gig campaign.

As many of you know, the ALA is a founding member of the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, which was created in 2009 to advocate for community anchor institutions as part of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. I also am proud to serve on the SHLB board of directors and to share the new “Connecting Anchor Institutions: A ... Read More »

National Small Business Week is upon us

National Small Business Week: May 1-7, 2016.

This first week of May 2016 marks the 53rd annual National Small Business Week. When President Kennedy recognized the first National Small Business Week, the entrepreneurship ecosystem hadn’t yet been animated by digital “making” equipment or the worldwide web, but it was then and is today the beating heart of our national economy. Small businesses make up 99.7 percent of ... Read More »

ALA, Harry Potter Alliance launch Spark

Advocate - noun, meaning supporter

The American Library Association (ALA) joined the Harry Potter Alliance in launching “Spark,” an eight-part video series developed to support and guide first-time advocates who are interested in advocating at the federal level for issues that matter to them. The series, targeted to viewers aged 13–22, will be hosted on the YouTube page of the Harry Potter Alliance, while librarians ... Read More »

Virtual library lobbying ready to reverberate in Washington

Backlit megaphone

Do you hear an echo? That’s the sound of thousands of library advocates speaking up all over the country. Starting today, May 2nd,  almost 400 librarians converge in Washington, DC for National Library Legislative Day (NLLD). They’ve come from all over the nation to tell Members of Congress and their staffs what librarians’ legislative priorities are, but they need library ... Read More »