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:
- 28 August 2014: “How do you plead?” Guilty on all counts for thinking E-rate is cool - District Dispatch
#490607823 / gettyimages.com Phone rings. Caller asks: “What are you working on?” Answer: “E-rate.” Dinner conversation: “What did you talk about today, mom?” Answer (supplied by child 2 and 3 in unison): “E-rate.” Latest office joke: “Why is Marijke in…
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- 27 August 2014: State Tweak to Seed Library Rules Ignites Debate - Library Journal» Legislation
As controversies go, it would have been difficult to see this one coming. In tiny Mechanicsburg, PA, a pilot seed library in existence for all of four months is now the epicenter of a national discussion among seed traders, growers of organic food, and other agriculture experts after state officials wrote a list of regulations for the fledgling program.
- 26 August 2014: Promote Library Card Sign-up Month with free tools - Press Releases
CHICAGO — Celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month with new downloadable tools and public service announcements (PSAs) designed to promote the benefits of Library Card Sign-up Month to the public.
- 26 August 2014: PLA accepting applications for 2015 PLA Leadership Academy in Charleston, S.C. - Press Releases
CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting applications for the PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community, March 23-27, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. This special event will offer intensive, empowering leadership education for public librarians who want to increase their capacity to lead not only within the library, but also in the community.
- 26 August 2014: ALSC now accepting applications for 2015 Penguin Young Readers Group Award - Press Releases
CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2015 Penguin Young Readers Group Awards. This award, made possible by an annual gift from Penguin Young Readers Group, provides a $600 stipend for up to four children's librarians to attend their first ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.
Each applicant will be judge on the following:
- 26 August 2014: New from ACRL—'Putting the User First: 30 Strategies for Transforming Library Services' - Press Releases
- 26 August 2014: Add your voice to FCC public comment on network neutrality - District Dispatch
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has heard from more than 1 million commenters on proposed rulemaking to Protect and Promote the Open Internet, including from the American Library Association (ALA), Association for College & Research Libraries (ACRL), the Chief Officers…
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- 25 August 2014: Free resources available to help libraries engage community, lead change - Press Releases
CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is offering free materials to help libraries improve their community engagement and facilitation techniques.
The materials — conversation guides, questionnaires, worksheets and webinars — are designed to help libraries strengthen their roles as core community leaders and work with residents to bring positive change to their communities.
- 25 August 2014: United for Libraries welcomes Texas public library groups as members - Press Releases
PHILADELPHIA — Hundreds of Friends of the Library groups, Foundations and Boards of Trustees in Texas are now group members of United for Libraries, thanks to a statewide membership purchase by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Texas joins Nebraska, Kansas and North Dakota in purchasing memberships for the libraries in their states.
- 25 August 2014: United for Libraries designates Literary Landmark for Alex Haley - Press Releases
PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries, in partnership with the Tennessee Historical Commission and the staff and board of the Alex Haley Museum and & Interpretive Center in Henning, Tenn., designated the museum a Literary Landmark during a celebration on Sat., Aug .9.
- 22 August 2014: Now available: Archived copyright session - District Dispatch
Video from the interactive copyright webinar “International Copyright and Library Practices” is now available. The online seminar covered the basics of international copyright and how it applies to use of foreign works by libraries and in educational settings in the…
- 22 August 2014: Ruberg wins stipend to attend YALSA’s 2014 symposium - Press Releases
CHICAGO — Rebecca Ruberg, a teen librarian at the Burlington Public Library in Burlington, Iowa, won the 2014 Young Adult Literature Symposium worker stipend from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). The stipend provides Ruberg with up to $1,000 to attend the 2014 symposium, to be held Nov. 14–16, at the Hyatt Regency Austin in Austin, Texas.
- 22 August 2014: The sweep of fair use guidelines - District Dispatch
I occasionally conduct copyright workshops, particularly at state library associations. I like to talk about the purpose of copyright and of course, fair use. At the last conference, after I made some comments about fair use guidelines (pdf), a workshop…
- 21 August 2014: Margaret Kavaras Appointed as OITP Research Associate - District Dispatch
Today, the American Library Association (ALA) announces the appointment of Margaret Kavaras as a Research Associate for the organization’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). As part of the OITP Fellows Program, Kavaras may work on diverse issues in information…
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- 19 August 2014: Advanced eCourse: Cataloging for Non-Catalogers - Press Releases
CHICAGO — The ability to catalog proficiently can be a valuable skill for every librarian, but proper training is essential. Offered by ALA Publishing in collaboration with the San José State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), the new advanced eCourse “Cataloging for Non-Catalogers” will take participants from beginner to advanced cataloger in 12 weeks.
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