Tag Archives: advocacy

Library advocates make the local editorial pages

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

In response to President Trump’s proposed federal budget cuts, library professionals and supporters have sent a clear message to members of Congress and in their local editorial pages (see our previous post on writing letters to the editor). While the proposed elimination of IMLS and deep funding cuts for libraries is not news to us, many (if not most!) people in our ... Read More »

Top 10 things to know (and do) about saving library funding

Fight For Libraries! Tell Congress to save library funding.

The talk of Washington and the library community (when people aren’t talking about the President’s tweets, anyway) is the recent recommendation by the President to completely eliminate funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), including their library funding implementing the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program within the Department of ... Read More »

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 »

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. (Examples published subsequent to this ... Read More »

Emily Sheketoff to join advocacy panel at ALA Annual

A megaphone and text which reads "speak up"

With years of hard-won experience under their belt, retired librarians and library workers are well-positioned to put their advocacy skill to use for libraries. Their years in the field have given them a wealth of knowledge and stories that need to be shared with legislators, and in retirement they have the added advantage of being able to speak up as ... Read More »