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Library Advocacy Videos

Now that the Texas Legislature is in session, it is time for librarians, Friends, board members, and citizens who love libraries to talk to their legislators about the importance of libraries. Severe budget cuts in the last session affected all Texas public libraries greatly.

The staff at North Texas Library Partners have put together some advocacy videos that you can use. Click on the link below. Thanks to Carolyn Davidson Brewer for sending these to us.

Our advocacy videos can be shown by your libraries, advocates, anyone wanting to use them especially during times like these when the legislature is reconvening and discussing library funding.  http://www.youtube.com/nottypicalntlp

RIP, federal funding for RIF

On March 2, Congress and President Obama eliminated federal funding for RIF, the nation’s largest nonprofit children’s literacy organization, severely jeopardizing their ability to provide 4 million children with 15 million free books and reading encouragement at nearly 17,000 locations throughout the United States.  They are currently assessing the next steps to be taken legislatively.
If you are a lover of RIF, you can keep their other initiatives strong and vibrant by continuing to participate in their promotions with corporate sponsors. Additionally, can show your love for RIF via Facebook and Twitter (hashtag #Readers4RIF) by sharing stories of RIF’s impact in your community. Good luck, RIF!

Free Webinar from ALA: How to plan your Library Snapshot Day

Library Snapshot Day is an event that provides library staff a simple means to show the value of the library by capturing what happens in a single day in all types of libraries, across a state, community or even in a single library. Learn how to implement this event, as well as how to maximize photos, statistics and stories to make the case to decision-makers.

Founder of the initiative, Peggy Cadigan, associate state librarian for innovation and communication, New Jersey State Library and Robert E. Banks, Deputy director, Topeka & Shawnee County (Kan.) Library will present the session. The webinar is co-sponsored by the ALA Chapter Relations Office and the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA).

Sign up today for the webinar, or learn more about Snapshot Day.

Share Your School Library Stories

As a part of its continuing advocacy efforts, AASL is collecting school library stories to compile into a printed piece.  They are looking for short stories (one or two small paragraphs) on the successes of school librarians relating to education, college & and career readiness, equity, effective teachers, collaboration, leadership, ELLs, and increasing school performance. Submit stories and photos to Jennifer Habley .  Those stories received prior to Annual Conference will be available as a resource during Library Advocacy Day.