News and Updates
EveryLibrary is proud to continue our dedication to National Voter Registration Day in 2018. Every year since 2012, National Voter Registration Day has served as a critical tool in adding valuable voices to our political discourse through voter registration at libraries.
EveryLibrary started with a hope that “any library funding measure anywhere should matter to every library everywhere.” The notion that we are all in this together–as a community of folks who believe in the power of libraries and who support the librarians who serve their communities–is at the core of our organizational values and work. In 2017, we were very effective in winning elections for libraries and helping school librarians whose jobs were threatened.
We are continuing to see the Koch Brothers Super PAC, Americans for Prosperity, go after libraries. This election in Plainfield on April 4th is the sixth clear example of their involvement in the agenda to defund libraries. We need your help to fight back. When the Koch Brothers and AFP puts out an anti-tax and anti-library attack, they do it with direct mail and robocalls - and they always do it late in the campaign. We need the resources to confront these anti-tax forces before they can start in the next town. Help us stop them with a one time donation today or a $5-10 monthly donation.
As part of our 2017 EveryLibrary Agenda, we are taking a deliberate step to bring EveryLibrary to coalitions that support the people libraries serve. We will join together support the work of other organizations that address common concerns about our country, but may need to hear about libraries and librarians in a new way. Our hope is to find willing and engaged coalition partners who understand that libraries are part of the solution to problems facing America today.
The full report discusses our strong donor support, our campaigns wins for public libraries, our growth supporting school library communities, the extensive outreach we are doing to voters and Americans through VoteLibraries and our Action platform, and a host of thanks to our volunteers, donors, supporters, and corporate partners. The Executive Summary is provided for your review below.
Our 2015 Annual Report name checks a lot of people, partners, and campaigns. We’re really proud of that. Over 1,000 personal donors self-identify on our donation site. Fourteen corporate donors make the “Thank you” list (with 8 re-ups from 2014). The 10 campaigns we worked with are close to our hearts. We started a new journal and partnered on several coalitions. We were honored by dozens of volunteers, event co-hosts, and capacity builders who wanted to share their time and talents. We were lucky to add 2 new Advisory Committee members and Brian Hart, our newest board member.
This is a piece written by Wick Thomas who works in Teen Services at the Kansas City Public Library. We are publishing this update in support of Save Missouri Libraries and what they are doing to advocate for over 6 million dollars in state funding. If you are interested in supporting Save Missouri Libraries there are a lot of excellent calls to action at the end of this post.
EveryLibrary is relieved that the Kentucky Court of Appeals held with reason and the law to overturn the Tea Party’s case against Kentucky libraries today. It is a significant loss for anti-library forces in the state, and around the country, affirming that the libraries followed the law when setting tax rates.
EveryLibrary went to South by Southwest 2015 to talk with venture capitalists and entrepreneurs about libraries. What we found is that there is a significant (though not unexpected) disconnect between what we say inside the industry about our work, role, and impact and the perception of libraries among the tech sector. If we want to bridge this gap in understanding we have to start with our own vocabulary and positioning.
Our job is to help library campaigns communicate better with voters. One problem is that the visual images, the 'creative deck' for library campaigns to use on social media, in print, and on yard signs are kind of uneven. What's available on the open web is OK....