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:
- 31 August 2015: AASL launches survey to inform new learning standards and program guidelines - Press Releases
CHICAGO – In preparation for the upcoming review and revision of its learning standards and program guidelines, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has launched an online survey to assess attitudes and perceptions about the current AASL standards and guidelines documents. Open until Sept. 18, 2015, the survey can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1EZrlop.
- 28 August 2015: Seeking nominations and submissions for the 2016 RUSA Achievement Awards - Press Releases
CHICAGO — Beginning Sept. 1, 2015, the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, is seeking nominations for its annual series of achievement awards and grants. Nominations and supporting materials for most awards must be submitted by Dec. 4, 2015.
- 28 August 2015: LLAMA Thought Leaders Webinar will feature Jason Griffey - Press Releases
CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of ALA, will present a free webinar featuring Jason Griffey, from noon – 1 p.m. Central Time on Sept. 16. Griffey will discuss his experience as a successful and innovative leader in library technology. This webinar is part of an ongoing series featuring thought leaders from a wide variety of library types and size.
- 27 August 2015: Breakthrough debut author Sabaa Tahir ready to rock AASL national conference - Press Releases
CHICAGO – Best-selling debut author Sabaa Tahir will appear as one of five featured speakers at an author breakfast presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. Tahir will discuss female character development in the fantasy genre alongside Josephine Angelini, Rae Carson, Colleen Gleason and Kate Messner at the Sunday, Nov. 8, event themed “Girls Rock the Fantasy World.” Registration and more information regarding the event can be found at national.aasl.org.
- 26 August 2015: Tech industry association releases copyright report - District Dispatch
The Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) released a white paper “Copyright Reform for a Digital Economy” yesterday that includes many ideas also supported by libraries. The American Library Association shares the same philosophy that the purpose of the copyright law is to advance learning and benefit the public. We both believe that U.S. copyright ...
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- 25 August 2015: ALCTS offers webinar on RDA copy cataloging and more - Press Releases
CHICAGO —Join ALCTS on Wednesday, Sept. 9 for “RDA for Copy Catalogers: The Basics,” a webinar presented by Vicki Sipe at 1 p.m. Central time.
- 25 August 2015: $7,500 Curiosity Creates Grant from ALSC - Press Releases
CHICAGO – The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announces Curiosity Creates; an exciting new grant opportunity for libraries to promote exploration and discovery for children ages 6 to 14. This grant will support librarians who are already implementing innovative maker-spaces as well as those who can use this funding to spark new programs.
- 25 August 2015: Choice launches tablet app for iPad and Android - Press Releases
MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT – Choice, the premier review journal for new English-language books and digital resources for academic libraries, today announced the release of the new Choice tablet app, which makes Choice magazine available for the iPad and Android tablets. Current Choice or Choice Reviews Online subscribers can access the Choice app for free by downloading it from the App Store and Google Play™.
- 25 August 2015: Snow named member manager of YALSA’s upcoming Teen Programming HQ website - Press Releases
CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has named Jessica Snow, teen services team leader at Central of the Boston (Massachusetts) Public Library as the member manager of its upcoming Teen Programming HQ website.
- 24 August 2015: Court cases shaping the fair use landscape - District Dispatch
Join us on CopyTalk in September to hear about the leading legal cases affecting Fair Use and our ability to access, archive and foster our common culture. Our presenter on this topic will be Corynne McSherry, Legal Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. CopyTalk will take place on Thursday, September 3rd at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern ...
- 21 August 2015: Attend the 2015 LITA Forum - Press Releases
- 21 August 2015: Upcoming ACRL-Choice webinars feature makerspaces, open access, ebooks and more - Press Releases
MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT — ACRL-Choice webinars connect academic and research librarians with content and service providers, publishers, authors and other experts. Since the launch of the program in 2013, thousands of participants have attended these free interactive webinars, with topics ranging from using social media to build library communities and the latest reference databases to open access.
- 21 August 2015: Archived webinar on university copyright services available - District Dispatch
An archived copy of the CopyTalk webinar “University Copyright Services” is now available. Originally webcasted on August 6th by the Office for Information Technology Policy’s Copyright Education Subcommittee, presenters were Sandra Enimil, Program Director, University Libraries Copyright Resources Center from the Ohio State University, Pia Hunter, Visiting Assistant Professor and Copyright and Reserve Librarian from ...
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- 20 August 2015: Start-ups, start your engines - District Dispatch
Yesterday marked the 12th annual Start-Up Day Across America – a “holiday” dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of local entrepreneurship. Organized under the auspices of the Congressional Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, National Start-Up Day represents an opportunity for owners of local businesses to meet directly with their elected federal representatives and share ...
- 20 August 2015: Building bridges at the “Department of Opportunity” - District Dispatch
This week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) (aka the Department of Opportunity) gathered national partners and local government and housing leaders from 28 communities to begin the real work of ConnectHome. Launched in July, the demonstration project aims to connect more than 275,000 households in 28 communities to low-cost internet, devices and ...
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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