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:
- 28 June 2017: Driving Decisions with Data: An American Libraries Live Webcast - Press Releases
CHICAGO—Join us July 24 for a free episode of AL Live, where Jason Kuscma, deputy director at Toledo Lucas County (Ohio) Public Library and 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, will discuss how his library uses Analytics On Demand to inform patrons and non-patrons about library services, to market special programs to targeted households, and as a tool to aid managers in understanding their community.
- 24 June 2017: Sarah Jessica Parker announces first pick for ALA’s Book Club Central - Press Releases
CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) officially launched Book Club Central with the unveiling of its website and Honorary Chair Sarah Jessica Parker’s inaugural book selection, “No One Is Coming to Save Us,” by Stephanie Powell Watts, published by Ecco/an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Ms. Parker made the announcement during the ALA’s Annual Conference & Exhibition taking place in Chicago at McCormick Place, June 22-27, 2017.
- 24 June 2017: AASL announces 2017 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning - Press Releases
CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2017 list of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago. The list of apps provides technology resources for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. Now in its fifth year, the list is considered the "best of the best" by AASL.
- 24 June 2017: AASL announces 2017 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning - Press Releases
CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2017 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago. The annual list honors 25 websites that provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. Now in its ninth year, with 225 recognized sites, the list is considered the "best of the best" by AASL.
- 23 June 2017: Libraries across the U.S. are Ready to Code - District Dispatch
This post was originally published on Google’s blog The Keyword. Emily Zorea is not a computer scientist. She’s a Youth Services Librarian at the Brewer Public Library in Richland Center, Wisconsin, but when she noticed that local students were showing an interest in computer science (CS), she started a coding program at the library. Though ...
- 23 June 2017: New Workshop: Using Snapchat to Reach Library Patrons - Press Releases
CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Using Snapchat to Reach Library Patrons with Paige Alfonzo. This workshop will consist of two 90-minute sessions and take place on:
- Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific
- Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific
Using Snapchat to Reach Library Patrons Workshop
- 23 June 2017: New Session: How to Deliver Great Library Customer Service - Press Releases
CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, How to Deliver Great Library Customer Service with Laurie Brown. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific.
- 23 June 2017: American Library Association expands program to help libraries get "Ready to Code” - Press ReleasesCHICAGO — On Thursday, the American Library Association announced a competitive grant program, sponsored by Google, that will fund a cohort of school and public libraries to develop resources to help get U.S.
- 21 June 2017: House expected to approve CTE reauthorization - District Dispatch
Perkins CTE Program helps library patrons thrive in 21st Century Economy Libraries play numerous roles in communities across the country, working generally to meet the needs of their patrons at every life stage. Whether providing high-speed broadband access to rural and urban communities alike, running youth reading sessions and book clubs, teaching computer literacy to ...
- 21 June 2017: ALA celebrates World Wi-Fi Day - District Dispatch
Among all their other functions in our communities, libraries are critical spaces for people to access the internet, and they are increasingly doing so wirelessly via Wi-Fi. Virtually all public libraries in the U.S. provide Wi-Fi to patrons. By doing so, libraries serve as community technology hubs that enable digital opportunity and full participation in ...
- 20 June 2017: ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center Offering Free Services and Workshops - Press Releases
The ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will be bustling with activities during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. In addition to having career counseling, resume review assistance, and an onsite photographer, the Center is also hosting several special activities which are listed below. You don’t have to be actively looking for a job to benefit from the services and workshops. The Center will be located in McCormick Place, Hall F2, Level 3. Use the escalator by room W196 for easy access.
- 20 June 2017: Learn about Contextual Inquiry, after ALA Annual - Press Releases
Chicago -- A new LITA web course, Contextual Inquiry: Using Ethnographic Research to Impact your Library UX, begins, July 6, 2017, shortly after ALA Annual. Use the excitement generated by the conference to further explore new avenues to increase your user engagement. The contextual inquiry research methodology helps to better understand the intents and motivations behind user behavior.
- 20 June 2017: Meet the 2017 Class of Emerging Leaders at a Poster Session during ALA Annual Conference - Press Releases
Attendees of the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago are invited to meet the 2017 class of Emerging Leaders (EL) at a poster session and reception on Friday, June 23, 2017, 2:30 p.m. in McCormick Place, Room W196b. The ALA 2017 class of ELs will showcase their final projects at the poster session. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
- 20 June 2017: Librarian speaks with Rep. Eshoo at net neutrality roundtable - District Dispatch
“There’s nothing broken about existing net neutrality rules that needs to be fixed,” opined Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA-18) at a roundtable she convened in her district to discuss the impacts of the policy and the consequences of gutting it. Director of the Redwood City Public Library Derek Wolfgram joined Chris Riley, director of Public Policy ...
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- 19 June 2017: Q&A with Kathi Kromer, ALA Washington Office Associate Executive Director - Legislation – Library Journal
On June 5, Kathi Kromer stepped into the role of associate executive director of the American Library Association (ALA)’s Washington Office, succeeding Emily Sheketoff, who led the Washington Office for more than 17 years and retired on May 15.
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