NJLA Commons: Virtual Keynote


This December, NJLA is launching a brand new series of virtual keynotes, featuring some of the most well-known and coolest names in our profession. As an exclusive member benefit, participation is completely free! 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
10:30-11:30 a.m.
For NJLA members only. Cost: FREE
Space is limited; register today!



Join John Chrastka and Patrick Sweeney from EveryLibrary for a rousing discussion of advocacy and libraries, and learn about ways to maximize your visibility in the community and new ways to frame your day-to-day work. Every budget is a referendum about your library, and your patrons and customers are also voters and constituents of city and county elected leadership. While you may not go out directly to the voters about next year’s budget, the same tools and techniques for running a get-out-the-vote campaign should be put to work for your library with local government.

EveryLibrary is the first national political action committee for libraries. It is dedicated to helping local library communities plan and win ballot measures like bonds, levies, and other referendum that renew or extend library funding. In their first year, they have helped secure over $8.5 mil of tax revenue in four library campaigns. More about their work can be found at www.everylibrary.org.

John Chrastka, the Executive Director of EveryLibrary, is a long-time library trustee, supporter, and advocate. Mr. Chrastka is president of the Board of Trustees for the Berwyn (IL) Public Library (2006–present) and is a former president of the Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System (RAILS) multi-type library system. He is a current trustee member of the American Library Association as well as the Illinois Library Association (ILA), and is a member of the American Political Sciences Association (APSA). He tweets @mrchrastka. 


Patrick Sweeney, Board Member of EveryLibrary, is a tireless and innovative advocate for libraries. A 2005 graduate of the San Jose School of Library and Information Sciences, Mr. Sweeney works for the San Mateo County (CA) Library managing the East Palo Alto and Portola Valley Public Libraries. He is active in the American Library Association where he is an at-large member of their governing Council. His most recent project, the Story Sailboat, works to provide library services and materials, by boat, to advocate for libraries and literacy in the San Francisco Bay area. He tweets at @pcsweeney.


SAVE THE DATE: On February 12, The NJLA Commons: Virtual Keynote features Trevor Dawes for a discussion of Demonstrating Library Value.


Event Time: 
December 11, 2013 - 10:30am to 11:30am

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