Learn more about local advocacy through an interview withSusan Polos, a school librarian for the Bedford Central School District in New York, who worked to save librarian positions in her school district.
Part of the charge for the Advocacy and Legislation Committee is to empower ALSC members in their advocacy efforts. We aim to do this, in part, by sharing stories from the field, stories of other librarians doing advocacy work on a local or state level.
No surprise to anyone who watches television, reads the newspaper, works in a library, or listens to music on YouTube, the US Presidential Election is in 22 days. While the overwhelming majority of Americans are focusing solely on influencing the outcome of this important election, other matters of importance are still happening in Washington and require the voice of each and every one of your library advocates.
In the coming months the ALSC Advocacy and Legislation committee will be highlighting resources which may be useful to you in your advocacy efforts. Today’s resources is Take Action for Libraries, found right on the ALA website.
There have been some changes to the ALSC Advocacy and Legislation Committee since last year so we would like to reintroduce ourselves.
With my time on the Advocacy & Legislation Committee coming to a close, I thought I would share my experience at the 2016 National Library Legislative Day (NLLD).
When meeting basic needs like rent or medicine becomes a challenge, books are a luxury that few families can justify. Librarians can be powerful advocates and allies for at-risk youth, supporting literacy initiatives for the homeless and housing insecure both within the library and in the wider community.
If you are anything like me, the first time someone asked you to be an advocate for the library you pictured attending some kind of librarian rally event, writing letters to congressmen, and making super scary presentations to library administration and other stakeholders. While all of these things are certainly advocacy, they were intimidating and sounded like they might take more time than I had. However, after becoming acquainted with Everyday Advocacy and doing a lot of thinking, I realized a lot of what I did every day was actually advocacy. Today, I’ll share an example of an early literacy program that I think of as developmentally appropriate advocacy. In 2014, as a result of a random article from the internet and encouragement from many librarian friends, I gave Baby Storytime caregivers washable markers and oil pastels to use to decorate their babies’ faces (read more about the activity here)….