Why We're Giving Back to Other Library Organizations
We are committed to building a more vibrant and robust library advocacy ecosystem here and abroad. As part of that commitment, we are sharing 25% of the proceeds from all registrations with the state library association (for US registrants) or national library association (for international registrants).
The COVID-era challenges to library funding are just starting to come into focus. From school funding cuts to austerity budgets for states and municipalities, the economic shocks will be real and significant. Internationally, libraries need to be seen and funded for what they are: solutions to the real problems facing literacy, economic prosperity, and equity. That's one reason why we are sharing part of every registration with state, provincial, or national library organizations across the country and around the world. These organizations and associations need resources to advance their local legislative and advocacy priorities.
The other reason we are sharing part of every registration is that too many library association conferences have been canceled or seen their annual fundraisers delayed. So many library organizations are hurting financially because of the shutdowns. We want to show up for them financially now in a spirit of cooperation and mutual support. There are no strings attached to these donations. Our hope is that we have wide-ranging participation in the conference. If that happens, we think everyone will benefit.
We know very clearly from our work on local library ballot measures, school library actions, and legislative campaigns that an active library advocacy ecosystem is vital to preserving and growing funding for school libraries, public libraries, and academic libraries in the US and abroad. The goal of the Library Advocacy and Funding Conference is rather straight forward: We want to improve the political literacy and financial literacy skills of library leaders and support organizations. In this very uncertain time, we are hosting this conference to help our library colleagues anticipate and confront new funding challenges with actionable information from experts and useful insights from seasoned practitioners.
Please register today to join us online this September 14 - 16 for the Library Advocacy and Funding Conference. Your registration gives you access to over 40 sessions, panels, and keynotes from the world of politics, political action, organizing, fundraising, and philanthropy. All the sessions are available on-demand on our stable, scalable platform. Attendees, presenters, and sponsors are invited to learn and collaborate through our dedicated Slack Channels for a truly interactive experience. We expect that attendees will see their political advocacy and funding efforts taken to a new level. Together we can grow the support libraries want and the funding you need.