News and Updates
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....
EveryLibrary was founded on the belief that “Any library ballot measure anywhere matters to every library everywhere”. We took a calculated risk setting up EveryLibrary as a Political Action Committee (PAC) rather than as a charity, a non-profit, or a membership association.
We received a very nice note from John Quick, the president of the Friends of the Miami-Dade County Public Library, about our work supporting the Coalition to Save Miami-Dade Libraries (of which he was a co-chair).
Here's our "first look" at over 75 library elections around the country last night, November 4, 2014. All vote totals are unofficial. As 'official and verified' tallies come in from Clerks of Election, we will be updating this analysis. In addition, some jurisdictions have not reported as of 4:00pm CST today. Those races have been omitted from this early analysis.