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:
- 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:
- 28 July 2015: Rachelle Jones of Clinton, Maryland chosen for the 2015 ALA Century Scholarship - Press Releases
CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Rachelle Jones of Clinton, Maryland as the 2015 Century Scholarship recipient.
The $2,500 scholarship funds services or accommodation for a library school student with disabilities admitted to an ALA-accredited library program.
- 28 July 2015: The CILIP guide to portfolio building - Press Releases
CHICAGO — Reflecting on achievements and presenting evidence of enhanced knowledge and skills underpin many professional and educational qualifications. Building a portfolio is key to recording and demonstrating this professional development and gaining official recognition in the form of Professional Registration qualifications.
- 28 July 2015: Justin Matthew Resti selected as the 2015 Peter Lyman Memorial Scholarship recipient - Press Releases
CHICAGO — The American Library Association and SAGE announced Justin Matthew Resti will receive the 2015 Peter Lyman Memorial/SAGE Scholarship in New Media.
- 28 July 2015: Rachel Eaton selected as the 2015 Tony B. Leisner Scholarship recipient - Press Releases
CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Rachel Eaton of Fayetteville, Arizona as the recipient of the 2015 Tony B. Leisner Scholarship.
The $3,000 scholarship, named for an active ALA member and former member of the ALA Council, is awarded to a library support staff member pursuing a master’s degree in library and information studies. The scholarship was established with funds donated by Leisner.
- 28 July 2015: Reid Craig receives the 2015 Mary V. Gaver Scholarship - Press Releases
The American Library Association (ALA) has named Reid Craig of Portland, Oregon as the 2015 recipient of the Mary V. Gaver Scholarship.
The $3,000 scholarship was established to honor the memory of a past ALA president and Rutgers University professor, who made many contributions to library youth services. The scholarship is awarded to a person pursuing a master's degree in library and information studies, with a specialty in youth services.
- 28 July 2015: Hildreth, Wong running for 2016-19 ALA treasurer - Press Releases
CHICAGO – Susan H. Hildreth, executive director of the Califa Group, Pacific Library Partnership, Peninsula Library System and administrator of the NorthNet Library System in San Mateo, California, and Patricia M. (Patty) Wong, county librarian and chief archivist of the Yolo County Library in Woodland, California, are the candidates for treasurer of the American Library Association (ALA) for 2016-2019.
- 27 July 2015: ALA Public Programs Office announces redesigned website, ProgrammingLibrarian.org - Press Releases
CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announces the launch of its redesigned website, ProgrammingLibrarian.org, a resource for library programming-related news, ideas and support for all types of libraries.
Sign up at http://www.programminglibrarian.org/about/get-our-enewsletter to receive Programming Librarian’s biweekly e-newsletter.
Using new web features, Programming Librarian users may:
- 27 July 2015: Urgent: Help Rebury “Zombie” Cybersecurity Bill - District Dispatch
It’s back to the “barricades” for librarians and our many civil liberties coalition allies. Just over a year ago, District Dispatch sounded the alarm about the return of privacy-hostile “cybersecurity” or “information sharing” legislation. Again dubbed a “zombie” for its ability to rise from the legislative dead, the current version of the bill (S. 754) ...
- 24 July 2015: Marla Jo Black selected as the 2015 Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship recipient - Press Releases
CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Marla Jo Black of Kissimmee, Florida as the 2015 Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship recipient.
The $3,000 award is given to an ALA or library support staff member to help finance the pursuit of a master’s degree in library and information studies. The scholarship was named in memory of Miriam L. Hornback, a longtime ALA staff member, who was secretariat to the ALA Council and Executive Board.
- 24 July 2015: Timothy Ryan Dewysockie chosen as the 2015 Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship recipient - Press Releases
CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has chosen Timothy Ryan Dewysockie of Berlin, New Jersey, as the 2015 Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship recipient.
The $3,000 scholarship is awarded to a library support staff worker who is pursuing a master’s degree in library and information science.
- 24 July 2015: Eliza Bettinger selected as the 2015 Christopher Hoy/ERT Scholarship recipient - Press Releases
CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has selected Eliza Bettinger of Milwaukee as the 2015 Christopher Hoy/ERT Scholarship recipient.
The scholarship was named for a longtime ALA staff member who directed the ALA Conference Services Office for more than 20 years. This scholarship fund was established with donations from Christopher J. Hoy and the Exhibits Round Table (ERT) to honor his memory. The $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a person pursuing a master's degree in library and information studies.
- 23 July 2015: Libraries: Apply now for 2016 IMLS National Medals - District Dispatch
The application period is now open for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor. Each year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recognizes libraries and museums that make significant and exceptional contributions in service to their communities. Nomination forms are due October 1, 2015. Read more from ...
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- 21 July 2015: Who should be the next Librarian of Congress? - District Dispatch
In the past few months, there has been considerable discussion among Washington information and technology leaders about who should lead the Library of Congress, now that James Billington has announced his retirement. Today, in an op-ed published today in Roll Call, Alan Inouye, director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy, asks leaders ...
- 21 July 2015: ConnectHome connects libraries too - District Dispatch
The American Library Association (ALA) and libraries have a long and increasingly recognized commitment to addressing digital inclusion and digital readiness needs in the United States. I count my own engagement back more than a decade talking to reporters about the role libraries play in providing both a digital safety net and a launching pad ...
- 21 July 2015: ConnectHome kicks off in Durham - District Dispatch
Guest Post by Cal Shepard, State Librarian of North Carolina On July 16 I made my way to a small recreation center in the middle of an urban neighborhood in Durham, N.C. Not my usual haunt on a summer afternoon, to be sure! I went to hear Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary ...
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