Training, Webinars, Events, and so much more!

From events and fundraisers and conferences to webinars and online courses to helping disabled Americans register to vote at libraries and so much more, we just have a whole lot going on right now!

So, please take a moment and check out everything that we're doing!

If you registered for our webinar from Kixal and missed out on the live-viewing, or if you just want to learn from Peter Bromberg about building support for your library budget then you can watch the archived recording of the webinar here. In this webinar Peter shares the 5 ingredients to his recipe for passing a historic 23.3% budget increase for the Salt Lake City Public Library. He shares how he successfully applied what he learned from EveryLibrary campaign strategies and discusses how any library can scale and use these methods to build local support for their budget or ballot initiatives. Watch the recording here.

We are proud to announce the release of Volume 4, Issue 1 of “The Political Librarian“, our open access and peer-reviewed journal of public policy and tax policy for libraries available from Washington University. This issue is entitled, Advocacy Defines the Future, and includes cutting-edge thinking on the political issues affecting the future of the common good, and how funding for libraries follows the values espoused by a community. See the latest edition here.

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We're extremely proud to partner again with the American Association for People with Disabilities (AAPD) to highlight and promote National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) in libraries across the country. You can add your library to the list of participating organizations this July 16 - 20, 2018 and receive a free guide to help you plan to support voter registration for disability populations in your community.

We are working with ALA Editions to bring another round of our highly successful 12 week advanced eCourse entitled Winning Support and Influencing Communities for Library Funding. In this eCourse, our Political Director, PC Sweeney shares the secrets of major national PACs, campaign consultants, community organizers, and local and presidential campaigns that can help you build relationships to sustain or increase funding for your library. Find out more and register here.

If you’re attending ALA in New Orleans then we would love for you to join us at two great events! The first is our fundraiser sponsored by Biblioteca and SirsiDynex at a great brewery where there will be live music, a NOLA style Boil, and beer! But hurry, as of writing this, there are only 7 tickets left. Get your tickets here!

If you miss out on our Beer and Boil Fundraiser, you can come and join us and the Knight Foundation at the Library Make’n’Shake event. The Library #makenshake is a special event at the Howlin’ Wolf bar and music venue, a 2-minute walk away from the convention center in New Orleans. It will take place from 10am - 7pm  Saturday, June 23rd and celebrates local, national and international collaborations between community organizations and libraries through lightning talks, participatory exhibits, workshops, cash bar, and a brass band. Find out more here.

You can take action to support libraries through petitions, pledges, and more here!

If you're attending ARSL in Springfield in September, we'd love for you to join us and our co-hosts (Bond Architects) for a free reception for ARSL 2018 attendees at the wonderful Obed & Isaac's Microbrewery. This will be a fun evening of networking with library folks from around the country and share some light refreshments and complimentary drinks. Please RSVP here to ensure admission. Space is limited to 100 people.

Finally, we’re excited to announce that we just submitted our second book for ALA Editions and Neal-Shuman Publishers called “Before the Ballot: Building Political Support for Library Funding.” This book focuses on how libraries can maintain and build political support for library funding in the years between and before a campaign or election and will help libraries plan a successful path to the ballot. Please look for it in an upcoming catalog!

Patrick "PC" Sweeney
Political Director