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:
- 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:
- 5 October 2015: Dr. Yoonmo Sang: OITP Research Associate - District Dispatch
I’m pleased to announce that Dr. Yoonmo Sang will be working with ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) as a Research Associate effective October 5, 2015. This fall, Dr. Sang will build on the work from his doctoral dissertation “Copyright and the Future of Digital Culture: Application of the First Sale Doctrine to Digital ...
- 5 October 2015: Workshop will teach how to improve your library using the five phases of project management - Press Releases
- 5 October 2015: New workshop with Loida Garcia-Febo: Serving Spanish Speakers in the Library - Press Releases
- 5 October 2015: Learn how to prevent and treat bed bugs in upcoming PLA webinar - Press Releases
CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn everything you need to know, from identifying bed bugs, to ways they are introduced into the library, to treatment and mitigation options that will help you protect your library's facilities and collections on a daily basis. “Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite: Prevention and Treatment in Public Libraries” will take place at 1 p.m. Central on Oct. 28.
- 5 October 2015: Popular workshop offers introduction to cloud computing - Press Releases
- 5 October 2015: Really rockin ARSL conference in Little Rock - District Dispatch
I just returned from the 2015 conference of the Association of Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) held in Little Rock. Wow! The enthusiasm, energy, creativity, and collegiality of these librarians are extraordinary—and especially so, given the very limited resources that many of them have available to serve their communities. And ARSL itself is on a ...
- 2 October 2015: Research drives educators of school librarians at AASL national conference - Press Releases
CHICAGO – Research and data driven practice will be the focus of sessions from the AASL Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) during the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 5-8 in Columbus, Ohio. Presentations will explore the shift to causal research in the field, creating a community of scholars to better facilitate the research process, and the latest school library studies from across the country. More information can be found at national.aasl.org.
- 2 October 2015: Follett continues support of school library professionals - Press Releases
CHICAGO – Follett continues to support school library professionals and ongoing learning with its sponsorship of the opening general session speaker at the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition. Curriculum and instruction expert Heidi Hayes Jacobs will open the conference, taking place in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 5, 2015, by speaking on the evolving educational environment.
- 2 October 2015: ALSC now accepting applications for 2016 ALSC/Candlewick Press 'Light the Way' Grant - Press Releases
CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2016 Light the Way: Library Outreach to the Underserved grant. This $3,000 grant, made possible by Candlewick Press in honor of Newbery Medalist and Geisel Honoree author Kate DiCamillo, will go to a library conducting exemplary outreach to underserved populations through a new program or an expansion of work already being done.
- 2 October 2015: Win a grant from YALSA to attend ALA Annual 2016 in Orlando - Press Releases
CHICAGO – Members of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) who will be first time attendees of the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, can apply for a grant to offset travel expenses.
A total of three grants are available. Baker and Taylor is sponsoring two grants worth $1,000 each to eligible library staff working with or for young adults. Of the two grants, one will be awarded to an individual working in a school library and the other will go to a public library worker.
- 2 October 2015: YALSA launches Teen Programming HQ website - Press Releases
CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has launched its Teen Programming HQ website.
The mission of the new site is to provide a one-stop shop for library staff to find and share program ideas and to network with one another around issues related to planning, implementing and evaluating library programs for and with teens.
- 2 October 2015: New eCourse: Rethinking social media to organize information and communities - Press Releases
- 1 October 2015: Archived copy of CopyTalk webinar now available - District Dispatch
If you missed the October 1st webinar “Trans-Pacific Partnership” with Krista Cox, Director of Public Policy Initiatives at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) you can now access it in our CopyTalk archive. Krista discussed what we know about this trade agreement gleaned from leaked documents. Mark your calendars! OITP’s Copyright Education Subcommittee sponsors CopyTalk ...
- 30 September 2015: Spectrum, Wi-Fi and LTE-U: Where goes the neighborhood? - District Dispatch
Modern libraries are dynamic community keystones. People of all ages traverse their stacks, computer labs, makerspaces and common areas throughout the course of a day—creating, working and learning. Many elements combine to make them such valuable assets, but one in particular serves as lifeblood in the digital age: broadband internet connectivity. With the E-rate modernization ...
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- 30 September 2015: ALA urges passage of Digital Learning Equity Act - District Dispatch
ALA is urging passage of The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015, H.R. 3582, which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last week by Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) and co-sponsored by David McKinley (R-WV) with the support of ALA and the education community. ALA President Sari Feldman issued a statement applauding Reps. Welch ...
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