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:
- 25 July 2014: Collaborating with teens to build better library programs - Press Releases
CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Collaborating with Teens to Build Better Library Programs. Jennifer Velásquez will serve as the instructor for a four-week facilitated eCourse starting on Sept. 15, 2014.
Only a foundation of teen participation can build a vibrant scene such as the one in San Antonio’s main library where teens use computers, listen to music, take cooking classes, do homework, participate in books clubs and generally hang out.
- 25 July 2014: RUSA calls for webinar and online course proposals - Press Releases
CHICAGO — E-books, library programming and outreach, marketing and leading a book group are just some of the topics sought by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) for 2015 online continuing education webinars and online courses.
- 25 July 2014: Storytime shenanigans: Building great programs for preschoolers - Press Releases
CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Storytime Shenanigans: Building Great Programs for Preschoolers. Rob Reid will serve as the instructor for a three-week facilitated eCourse starting on Sept. 8, 2014.
- 25 July 2014: Demystifying copyright: How to educate your staff and community - Press Releases
Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse Demystifying Copyright: How to Educate Your Staff and Community. Lesley Ellen Harris will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on September 8, 2014.
- 24 July 2014: What the University of Arkansas controversy can teach us about archival permission practices - LibraryLaw Blog
(By Peter Hirtle) By now most archivists and many librarians will have heard something about the controversy concerning the use of material found in Special Collections at the University of Arkansas. Researchers from the Washington Free Beacon (WFB) web site...
- 24 July 2014: Instructional design essentials - Press Releases
CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse Instructional Design Essentials. Nicole Pagowsky and Erica DeFrain will serve as the instructors for this four-week facilitated eCourse, which starts on Sept. 15, 2014.
- 24 July 2014: Update on cell phone unlocking - District Dispatch
Who says that Republicans and Democrats can’t work together? Last week, bipartisan legislation was passed by the Senate! The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act (S. 517) allows cell phone users—once their contract term with a service provider expires—the…
- 24 July 2014: Libraries call for fix to remedies - District Dispatch
Today, the House Judiciary Subcommittee for the Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held another copyright review hearing—this one on copyright remedies. The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), of which the American Library Association (ALA) is a member, submitted comments that…
- 23 July 2014: Nearly 100 percent of libraries offer tech training and STEM programs, study finds - District Dispatch
According to a new study from the American Library Association (ALA), nearly 100 percent of America’s public libraries offer workforce development training programs, online job resources, and technology skills training. Combined with maker spaces, coding classes, and programs dedicated to…
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- 23 July 2014: Libraries as digital learning centers - District Dispatch
This week, American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young appeared on an episode of Comcast Newsmakers, a national interview program that airs on the Headline News (HLN) network. Highlighting new data from the 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey, Young discussed the…
- 23 July 2014: A quick introduction to Creative Commons - District Dispatch
When artists, both amateur and professional, create original works, the Internet is an obvious choice for sharing that work with the largest audience possible. But copyright law is anything but uniform around the world, and the Internet is nothing if…
- 23 July 2014: SC Libraries Seek To Override Trespass Bill Veto - Library Journal» Legislation
South Carolina’s public library directors, confident they have the necessary votes in the state legislature locked up, plan to press ahead with efforts to see a library trespass bill adopted into law, even after a recent veto by Gov. Nikki Haley scuttled their hopes, at least temporarily.
- 22 July 2014: Customer-based collection development - Press Releases
CHICAGO — The traditional “top down” approach to collection development definitely has its drawbacks: even after spending a good deal of time, energy and resources, librarians are sometimes frustrated to find that their library’s collection is not being used as they anticipated. But there’s another strategy that’s gaining momentum.
- 22 July 2014: ALA, Harwood Institute announce ‘Public Innovators Lab for Libraries’ community engagement training opportunity - Press Releases
CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation have announced an intensive three-day training opportunity to help libraries strengthen their role as agents of positive change in their communities.
The Public Innovators Lab for Libraries will be held Oct. 8 to 10 at the Loudermilk Convention Center in Atlanta. Librarians, community partners and stakeholders in libraries of all types — public, academic, school and special libraries — are encouraged to register.
- 22 July 2014: Ames Public Library awarded 2014 Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant - Press Releases
CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2014 ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant to the Ames (Iowa) Public Library.
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