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:
- 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:
- 18 April 2014: Library broadband takes center stage at IMLS hearing - District Dispatch
The ongoing digital revolution continues to create new opportunities for education, entrepreneurship, job skills training and more. Those of us with home broadband, smartphones or both can easily take advantage of these opportunities. However, for millions of Americans currently…
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- 18 April 2014: Learning Round Table offers Annual preconference on creating effective videos and screencasts - Press Releases
CHICAGO — Do you want to harness the power of video for achieving learning objectives? The Learning Round Table is proud to present a practical learning experience that will enrich your trip to the 2014 Annual Conference. During this boot camp, facilitator Royce Kitts of Washburn University will guide you through the process of creating effective video learning content. He will lead you from the “why are we making this” stage to the “this is how you make it” stage.
- 17 April 2014: Application deadline for 2014 ALA Leadership Institute is April 25 - Press Releases
CHICAGO — If you haven’t submitted your application for the 2014 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (Aug. 10-14, Eaglewood Resort, Ill.), you have until Friday, April 25 to do so. Building on the success of the 2013 inaugural ALA Leadership Institute, and with support from Innovative Interfaces, the four-day immersive leadership development program for 40 mid-career librarians will be led again by ALA Past-President Maureen Sullivan and ACRL Content Strategist Kathryn Deiss.
- 17 April 2014: Librarians are helping to spread the joy and love of reading on World Book Night - Press Releases
CHICAGO - Librarians are helping to spread the joy and love of reading by taking part in World Book Night on April 23. Held in the United States, as well as the U.K. and Ireland, the initiative aims at promoting the value of reading, printed books, bookstores and libraries to everyone year round.
- 17 April 2014: Bugs, bogs, bats and books - Press Releases
CHICAGO — Reading a book before or after a trip to the zoo, a nighttime look at the stars or a walk in the forest can connect children to nature while inspiring discussion and questions. In “Bugs, Bogs, Bats, and Books: Sharing Nature with Children through Reading,” teacher and librarian Kathleen T.
- 17 April 2014: 2014 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees - Press Releases
CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, officially announced the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees today, on Celebrate Teen Literature Day.
This year’s list of nominees features 25 titles that were published between Jan. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2013.
The nominees are as follows:
- 17 April 2014: ALA election closes April 25 - Press Releases
CHICAGO — The 2014 ALA election will close at 11:59 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 25. If you have not yet cast your vote, please do so! If you have “parked” your ballot (started but not yet completed), please return to complete the process. In the event you cannot locate the email with your voting credentials, the ALA Member and Customer Service Department can help you. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 1 (800) 545-2433, option 5.
- 17 April 2014: Teen Read Week™ website live, join for resources and perks - Press Releases
CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has launched its 2014 Teen Read Week website, www.ala.org/teenread as part of Celebrate Teen Literature Day, April 17, 2014.
With the launching of the site, online community members now have full access to a variety of resources to help them plan their Teen Read Week (TRW). Individuals who are not online community members yet are encouraged to join for free to gain full access to resources, perks and monthly updates.
- 15 April 2014: Basic American Sign Language for library staff - Press Releases
CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff. Kathy MacMillan will serve as instructors for a six-week facilitated eCourse starting on June 2, 2014.
- 15 April 2014: LHRT awards Winsor Prize for essay exploring library services, military and intellectual freedom - Press Releases
CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table has awarded Kate Stewart the 2014 Justin Winsor Prize. Stewart, an archivist at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, received the award for her essay "The Man in the Rice Paddies Had Something to READ: Military Libraries and Intellectual Freedom in the Vietnam War."
- 15 April 2014: Crystle Martin appointed member manager of YALSAblog - Press Releases
CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, named Crystle Martin as the member manager of its acclaimed YALSAblog.
- 15 April 2014: Indexing the internet and searching for “free” - District Dispatch
“If we can put a man on the moon and we can transplant a heart, we surely can say when something shows up ‘free’ and do something about that.” Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA). In March, the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee…
- 14 April 2014: Appeals court decision undermines free speech, misinterprets copyright law - District Dispatch
Last week, the American Library Association (ALA) joined an amicus brief calling for reconsideration of a 9th circuit court decision in Garcia v. Google, case where actress Cindy Sue Garcia sued Google for not removing a YouTube video in which…
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- 14 April 2014: Takedown notice ≠ infringement - District Dispatch
Amidst a flurry of congressional hearings and treaty negotiations, it is important to remember that statistics often tell half of the story. As I catch up on recent U.S. House subcommittee hearings, I continue to marvel at how often both…
- 10 April 2014: ALA to participate in IMLS hearing on libraries and broadband - Advocacy
WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Thursday, April 17, 2014, from 9:30–11:30 a.m., leaders from the American Library Association (ALA) will participate in “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” a public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) that will explore the need for high-speed broadband in American libraries.
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
- Advocacy page of the New York State Higher Education Initiative (NYSHEI) which “represents the interests of public and private academic and research libraries”.
- 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