Advocating in a Tough Economy Toolkit
“During tough economic times, people turn to libraries for their incredible array of free resources, from computers to books, DVDs and CDs, for help with a job hunt or health information..." 2008-2009 ALA President Jim Rettig
The American Library Association has developed several online resources to assist library advocates, including:
Focuses on practical tools to help frontline library staff identify those opportunities to advocate for the value of libraries and their own value on a daily basis. The toolkits were created by frontline public, school, academic and special librarians with those specific audiences in mind.
Keep current with federal library issues by joining the ALA Washington Office’s Newsline called ALAWON. ALAWON is a free, irregular e-mail publication of the ALA Washington Office.
This database contains short summaries of published news reports about library funding cuts, fundraising and bond issues from around the county. Started in April 2004, this database is updated weekly.
The Campaign for America’s Libraries is a multi-year public education and advocacy campaign sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country to speak loudly and clearly about the value of libraries and librarians in the 21st century. The campaign is designed to showcase the unique and vital roles played by public, school, academic and special libraries nationwide.
The Office for Library Advocacy (OLA) supports the efforts of advocates seeking to improve libraries of all types by developing resources, a peer-to-peer advocacy network, and training for advocates at the local, state and national level.