News and Updates
Thanks to Wolper Information Services for the chance to talk with Insight and Outlook about how EveryLibrary will support local libraries as they ask voters to fund operations, build or remodel buildings, and ensure the library and its staff are there for the next generation.
From HackLibSchool: "What’s cool about EveryLibrary is that they will exclusively be dedicated to advocating for library initiatives, connecting with local communities to get voter support." Spot on.
From Urban Librarians Unite (ULU - which is the coolest acronym in the biz):
Over the past few days I've been asked "Why can't ALA or OCLC or ULC just make a PAC for libraries?"
It was a pleasure to be interview by Steve Thomas for the Circulating Ideas podcast. We had a great discussion about the goals for EveryLibrary, how it relates to the broader library advocacy ecosystem, and why it is important to get political about libraries.
When I was President of the California Library Association (and in the few years leading up to that gig), one of the things that I learned from attending library legislative days both in Sacramento and Washington, DC was that until libraries could bring money to the table, we'd continue to be a nice, nostalgic, heart-warming, greater good and woefully underfunded service for most, if not all politicians.
It is an extra-ordinary day when something like EveryLibrary appears in the world.
As I've been planning the launch of EveryLibrary I talked with a number of thinkers, connectors, and do-ers in the library community. The feedback has been very positive and the advice has been excellent.
EveryLibrary is just a tactic in the wider world of library advocacy strategy. And I am OK with that.