United for Libraries to host webinar on ‘Library Advocacy at the
State Level: 12 Steps to Success’
PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present the free
webinar "Library Advocacy at the State Level: 12 Steps to Success” from 2 to 3
p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, April 30.
The webinar is free; registration is limited to 100. This
webinar will be presented with Internet audio only. You will need a computer
with speakers or headphones as well as Internet access. United for Libraries
members can access a recording of the webinar after April 30. For more
information and to register, visit http://ala.adobeconnect.com/advocacy-state/event/registration.html.
This webinar will be led by Jeffrey Smith, director of
public affairs for Humanim and president of the Foundation for Baltimore County
(Md.) Public Library (BCPL). Participants will learn the basics of
government/legislative advocacy and understand the 12 steps necessary to be an
effective advocate for library issues when meeting with key decision-makers.
Additionally, a case study in successful advocacy for library related funding
will be presented. The webinar is geared toward trustees, friends, foundation
members and staff members. This webinar is co-sponsored by ALA’s Office for
Jeffrey Smith is a member of the Baltimore County Board of
Library Trustees and the Board of Directors of Citizens for Maryland Libraries.
He secured two separate $250,000 state appropriations in support of BCPL’s
nationally-recognized "Storyville” children’s libraries. He writes a monthly column
focused on advocacy and messaging for libraries that appears in Library Journal.
Additionally, he writes a biweekly column covering general library issues for Public Libraries Online.
He presently serves United for Libraries as division liaison to ASCLA and as a
member of the Newsletter & Web Advisory Committee. He also serves on ALA’s
United for Libraries:
The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a
division of the American Library Association that supports citizens who govern,
promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings
together library Trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a
partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century.
For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact
Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office for
Library Advocacy (OLA) supports the efforts of advocates seeking to improve
libraries of all types by developing resources, a peer-to-peer advocacy
network, and training for advocates at the local, state and national level. In
order to achieve this goal, OLA works closely with the Public Information
Office, the Chapter Relations Office, the Office for Government Relations, and
other ALA units involved in advocacy on behalf of particular types of libraries
or particular issues, in order to help better integrate these efforts into the
overall advocacy planning and strategies of the association. OLA also works to
cultivate future leadership in order to sustain the advocacy efforts of the