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:
- 26 May 2017: Chelcie Juliet Rowell appointed new ALCTS News Editor - Press Releases
CHICAGO — The Board of Directors of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has approved the appointment of Chelcie Juliet Rowell as the new editor of ALCTS News, a continuously updated online publication with the purpose to report the news and activities of ALCTS and its members, and to be the voice of the association. Her term will run July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.
- 26 May 2017: New Workshop: Fake News, Real Concerns: Developing Information Literate Students - Press Releases
CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Fake News, Real Concerns: Developing Information Literate Students with Donald Barclay. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific.
Fake News, Real Concerns: Developing Information-Literate Students Workshop
A 90-minute workshop, Thursday, July 27, 2017, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific
- 26 May 2017: Senate Dear Appropriator campaign by the numbers - District Dispatch
Yesterday, the Senate “Dear Appropriator” campaign came to a close, ending over two months of intense advocacy work by library supporters all over the country. Both letters, one supporting the Library and Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the other supporting the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program, have been delivered to the Senate Appropriations Committee ...
- 26 May 2017: June webinar features lessons learned from early adopters of PLA performance measurement program - Press Releases
CHICAGO – Through a panel-style webinar next month, the Public Library Association’s (PLA) will provide an overview of the Association's performance-measurement program for public libraries, Project Outcome. Project Outcome is a free online toolkit designed to help public libraries understand and share the impact of their programs and services by providing simple surveys and an easy-to-use process for measuring and analyzing outcomes.
- 26 May 2017: New Workshop: How to Transform Your Library on a Shoestring Budget - Press Releases
CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, How to Transform Your Library on a Shoestring Budget with Julia Merritt, Wendy Hicks, and Krista Robinson. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific.
How to Transform Your Library on a Shoestring Budget Workshop
A 90-minute workshop, Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific
- 25 May 2017: Explore assessment, managing change, fighting fake news with the Framework, more in summer 2017 ACRL webcasts - Press Releases
CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a variety of webcasts this summer to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. These interactive webcasts last 60-90 minutes and take place in an interactive online classroom; group discounts are available. Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL website.
- 25 May 2017: Ellyssa Kroski Receives 2017 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award - Press Releases
- 25 May 2017: Lisa Rice, Library Director at the Warren County Public Library, Wins 2017 Sullivan Award - Press Releases
The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the 2017 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children has been awarded to Lisa Rice, Library Director, Warren County Public Library, Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Sullivan Award is presented annually to an individual in a library administrator role who has shown exceptional understanding and support of public library service to children. The award will be presented at the ALA President’s Program, Sunday, June 25, at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
- 25 May 2017: Muncie Public Library Wins 2017 ALA/Information Today Library of the Future Award - Press Releases
CHICAGO — The Muncie Public Library (MPL) in Muncie, Indiana has been selected to receive the 2017 Library of the Future Award, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and Information Today Inc. publishing company. The library was selected for its innovative “Digital Climbers” program that motivates and inspires children ages eight and up to experiment with technology and master skills that contribute to learning in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.
- 25 May 2017: Spotlight on Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries at ALA Annual Conference - Press Releases
CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee (RNTLOAK) and the American Indian Library Association (AILA) will be hosting two presentations during its Spotlight on Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries: From Fresno to Alaska program at Annual Conference. The session will take place Monday, June 26th from 8:30-10:00am in room W176a in McCormick Place.
- 24 May 2017: President’s stark budget cuts library funding - District Dispatch
On Tuesday, the President released his FY 2018 Budget submission to Congress and it is as bad as we had feared. The “safety net” would be greatly reduced under this budget as many programs that allow Americans to improve their education and career opportunities – often through libraries – would be dramatically reduced or, in ...
- 24 May 2017: Accepting Employer Participants for Open House/Job Fair at ALA 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago - Press Releases
As part of its continuing efforts to provide networking opportunities for employers and job seekers, the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will host an Open House/Job Fair from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, June 25, 2017 during the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago.
- 23 May 2017: Federal Budget Compromise Keeps—and Boosts—IMLS Funding - Legislation – Library Journal
UPDATE: Trump's FY18 budget request to Congress, released May 23, proposes to cut nearly all funding for IMLS, NEA, NEH, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, among many severe cuts to social service and non-millitary domestic programs. The proposed budget would keep ten percent of IMLS's budget for costs necessary to shut down the agency.
- 23 May 2017: ALA President responds to the Administration’s 2018 budget proposal - District Dispatch
This morning, ALA issued a statement about the budget proposal released today. You can read it on ALA.org or below. WASHINGTON, DC — In response to the Trump Administration’s 2018 budget proposal released today, American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro issued the following statement: “The Administration’s budget is using the wrong math when it ...
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- 23 May 2017: Trump Administration’s budget using wrong math when it comes to libraries - AdvocacyWASHINGTON, DC — In response to the Trump Administration’s 2018 budget proposal released today, American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro issued the following statement:“The Administration’s budget is using the wrong math when it comes to libraries.“To those who say that the nation cannot afford federal library funding, the American Library Association, American businesses and millions of Americans say emphatically we cannot afford to be without it.
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