Our Mission Statement declares that the Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter/Association of College and Research Libraries, Inc. (ACRL/NY) “encourages local participation in national issues relating to academic and research libraries.” As part of this mission, the ACRL/NY Bylaws create the position of the Legislative Liaison which “shall inform the Chapter of legislative and other governmental activities of importance to academic librarians, and shall represent the Chapter at the annual National Library Legislative Day.”
This ACRL/NY Legislative Advocacy page supports the role of the Legislative Liaison by listing relevant posts, information feeds, links and other information for those interested in library advocacy. There is a particular emphasis on library advocacy efforts in New York.
ACRL/NY Legislative Liaison Posts:
- ACRL/NY Mentoring Program 2016-2017 – Call for Participants The Association of College and Research Libraries / Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter (ACRL/NY) is pleased to offer another round of mentoring partnerships for the 2016 – 2017 academic year. Please consider participating and forwarding this call to those you think might be interested. About: The ACRL/NY Mentoring Program contributes to the professional development of academic ...
- Legislative Updates November 2015 Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) CISA allows companies to share, without warrant, “cybersecurity threat data” with the Department of Homeland Security, who may then share the information with other governmental agencies. As currently written CISA does not clearly outline what constitutes a cybersecurity threat, leading many to believe that information will be shared without reasonable suspicion ...
- Senate Passes CISA Despite widespread protest, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) passed through Congress last week. CISA was passed without the amendments proposed by Senators Leahy and Franken (among others) that would have better protected personal privacy. CISA allows personal information to be shared with multiple government agencies, without reasonable evidence of suspicious behavior. Many (including the ALA) ...
- Urgent (Immediate) Call to Action – help stop CISA now! Click here to take immediate action against threats to personal privacy: http://www.decidethefuture.org/ CISA, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, has been a hot topic for librarians and others concerned with personal security for some time. While activists were successful in preventing the passage of an even less acceptable version of CISA earlier this year, and while killing ...
- Legislative Update October 2015 Against a backdrop of criticism against the Library, James Billington stepped down from his role as Librarian of Congress after 28 years of service. On October 7th, days after his September 30th departure, the Senate unanimously approved the “Librarian of Congress Succession Modernization Act of 2015”. The act will instate a 10-year limit on the post, ...
- Legislative Updates, September 2015 from Kelly Johnson, ACRL/NY Legislative Liaison FASTR: Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act of 2015 (If passed FASTR would require federal agencies to develop a policy ensuring products of funded research would be freely available to the public online no later than 12 months after publication) July 29: FASTR approved unanimously by the Senate Committee ...
- 2015 National Libraries Legislative Day by Kelly Johnson, ACRL/NY Legislative Liaison The 2015 National Libraries Legislative Day (the 41st annual NLLD) brought over 400 library supporters together on May 5th to advocate for libraries on Capitol Hill. Robert Hubsher, Executive Director of the Ramapo Catskill Library System, led New York’s advocates who collectively represented public, school, and (me!) academic libraries as ...
- Note: NYLA Library Advocacy Day Change Important News! The date has changed for the New York Library Association (NYLA) 2014 Advocacy Day. The following has been taken from a NYLINE email sent by Jeremy Johannesen, Executive Director of New York Library Association: “NYLA regrets to announce that we must move the 2014 NYLA Library Advocacy Day to WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014. This change is deemed necessary in ...
- 2011 Legislative Score Cards from ALA See below to find out how your elected officials have been graded in their efforts to support libraries: National Library Advocacy Day (NLLD) is right around the corner, and to help prepare for your advocacy efforts, we’ve created the 2011 ALA scorecards. Did your representative support school libraries in the Senate or the House? Did your ...
Outside Library Advocacy News Feeds:
Combined feed of various resources listed in the Links & Resources section:
- 24 April 2017: Popular thriller author, Gregg Hurwitz to speak at RUSA's Literary Tastes at Annual Conference - Press Releases
- 24 April 2017: Julia Quinn, famed romance author to speak at RUSA's Literary Tastes at Annual Conference - Press Releases
- 21 April 2017: FAFLRT/ASCLA Merger Voted to Move Forward - Press Releases
CHICAGO - The Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Round Table (FAFLRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) voted to proceed with merging with the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) division of ALA in the spring 2017 election.
- 21 April 2017: Innovative outreach progams and strategies sought for 2017 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair - Press Releases
CHICAGO – The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services invites library professionals from institutions of all kinds to submit proposals for the 2017 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 during the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Chicago. Proposals will be accepted through Tuesday, May 15.
- 21 April 2017: Build relationships to advance advocacy - District Dispatch
A crowd gathered this week outside the El Pueblo Library in South Tucson where Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D) and other library advocates to discuss the possible effects of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts — including the elimination of the IMLS —on libraries in Arizona and nationwide. A statement by ALA Julie Todaro was read at ...
- 20 April 2017: Next CopyTalk webinar: The Durationator - District Dispatch
Join us for the next CopyTalk webinar: code + copyright = the Durationator. For the last decade, the Copyright Research Lab at Tulane University has been building the Durationator — a tool, helpdesk and resource for solving copyright questions. Designed to be used by libraries, archives, museums, artists and content owners (and everyone else!), the Durationator ...
- 20 April 2017: United for Libraries to dedicate Literary Landmarks™ for Children’s Book Week - Press Releases
BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — In celebration of Children’s Book Week (May 1-7, 2017) United for Libraries will dedicate three Literary Landmarks™ celebrating children’s book authors. This program was spearheaded by Rocco Staino, director of the Empire State Center for the Book, and is presented in conjunction with the American Library Association/Children’s Book Council Joint Committee.
The following Literary Landmarks will be dedicated:
- 20 April 2017: Caulkins wins United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant - Press Releases
BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania -- United for Libraries has awarded the 2017 United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grants to Sandi Caulkins of the Friends of the Kirbyville (Texas) Library.
- 20 April 2017: Dion Graham, award-winning narrator and actor to speak at Annual Conference - Press Releases
- 20 April 2017: Carla Hayden receives the 2017 Melvil Dewey Medal - Press Releases
CHICAGO – Librarian of Congress Carla D. Hayden is the winner of the 2017 Melvil Dewey Medal. This annual award, presented by the American Library Association (ALA) and sponsored by OCLC, recognizes “creative leadership of high order, particularly in those fields in which Melvil Dewey was actively interested: library management, library training, cataloging and classification, and the tools and techniques of librarianship.”
- 20 April 2017: Libraries celebrate Money Smart Week®, April 22 - 29, 2017 - Press Releases
CHICAGO – Now more than ever, knowing how to handle money is critical to our survival. Virtually from cradle to grave, we are faced with financial challenges, and how we face up to those challenges depends on how well we arm ourselves with reliable, accurate information.
- 19 April 2017: Alison Kirkpatrick receives AASL Innovative Reading Grant - Press Releases
CHICAGO – Alison Kirkpatrick, school librarian at River Road High School in Amarillo, Texas, is the recipient of the 2017 American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant. Sponsored by Capstone, the $2,500 grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children that motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers.
- 19 April 2017: The Politics of Being a Trustee - Library Journal » » Legislation
November's presidential election led to a surprising result for many. Even among those who voted for the current president-elect, a lot of people did not actually expect him to prevail over a former senator and secretary of state. And almost immediately, everyone from regular people to media pundits were chiming in on what the election will mean for the country.
- 19 April 2017: ALA stands up for science, encourages March for Science participation - Advocacy
CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) joins more than 170 organizations to work to defend the vital role science plays within evidence-based policy making. The ALA encourages its more than 57,000 members to participate in the March for Science, on April 22, an international, nonpartisan event co-organized by Earth Day Network and March for Science that supports the ALA’s core values regarding access to information and its efforts to fight censorship.
- 18 April 2017: How to participate in #NLLD17 from home - District Dispatch
As library supporters from across the United States prepare to go to Washington, D.C. to participate in National Library Legislative Day, don’t forget that you can participate from home! All week long (May 1-5th), we’re asking library supporters to email, call, and tweet their Members of Congress about federal library funding and other key library issues. ...
Library Advocacy Links & Resources:
Here are some important and helpful links for Library Advocacy issues.
- Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Advocacy and Issues
- New York Library Association – you can sign up as a ‘Library Advocate’ to receive New York action alerts.
- METRO Advocacy Special Interest Group LibGuide
- District Dispatch: blog of the American Library Association’s Washington Office.
- Library Journal — Legislation feed
- LibraryLaw Blog features articles dealing with “issues concerning libraries and the law — with latitude to discuss any other interesting issues.”
- Copyright Advisory Network, part of the ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy