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ALA Advocacy Committee Meeting
2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting, Denver
Saturday, January 24, 2009
10:30 to a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency, Capitol Ballroom 1
Minutes

ALA Advocacy Committee Meeting
2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting, Denver
Saturday, January 24, 2009
10:30 to a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency, Capitol Ballroom 1
Minutes


In attendance:
Carol A. Brey-Casiano, Chair, Committee on Library Advocacy & Director, El Paso (TX) Public Library; Wanda Brown, Wake Forest University; Diane R, Chen, ALA Executive Board Liaison, JF Kennedy Middle School (TN); Pam Chesky, CISSL; Loida Garcia-Febo, Queens (NY) Library; Judith Gibbons, KY Dept. of Libraries & Archives; Charlotte Glover Ketchikan (AK) Public Library; Sara Kelly Johns, Lake Placid Middle/High School, AASL; Morgan McMillian, School of Information, UT; Joan Ress Reeves, Jeffrey Smith, Baltimore County (MD) Public Library; Pat Smith, Texas Library Assn.; Pat Wand, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates; Patty Wong, Yolo County (CA) Library & Camila Alire’s Presidential Advisory Committee. Staff Liaisons: Marci Merola, Director, Office for Library Advocacy and Jackie Finneke, OLA Communications Specialist

Carol A. Brey-Casiano, Chair, ALA Advocacy Committee, welcomed the group.

Patty Wong, Co-Chair, of Camila Alire Steering Committee discussed Camila Alire’s presidential initiative, “Libraries the Heart of All Communities.” The goal of the initiative is to involve all 67,000 members, including all levels of staff. Based on ACRL’s Power of Personal Persuasion, this initiative will involve all levels of the profession to be comfortable advocating for themselves and for the profession. There will be an online focus with some customizable pieces.

Diane Chen, Executive Board Liaison, discussed upcoming events at the Midwinter Meeting, including “What Do We Want Obama to Know,” information on the Google book Settlement, ALA-APA restructuring and the Salary Survey.

Marci Merola, Director, ALA Office for Library Advocacy discussed current initiatives and projects. The “Building Statewide Coalitions for All Libraries” panel discussion, will take place on Saturday, January 24, 2009, 4:00-5:30, in the Colorado Convention Center.
Panelists include Martin Garnar, Past President, Colorado Association of Libraries; Director, Nebraska Library Commission Rod Wagner; and Ann Dutton Ewbank, Education Liaison Librarian at Arizona State University's Fletcher Library. Carol A. Brey-Casiano will moderate the discussion.

A new web resource of research and statistics to help advocates make the case for libraries at every stage of youth development, “Add It Up: Libraries Make the Difference in Youth Development and Education” was released just prior to Midwinter. OLA worked with ORS to launch The Advocacy Statistics for Youth initiative. Other partners include AASL, YALSA and ALSC. The resource can be seen at www.ala.org/additup.

The Advocating in a Tough Economy Toolkit was launched in the fall. This online resource includes talking points, statistics, and data to help make the case for your library; strategies to help focus public attention and generate support; tips on how to
connect with decision-makers. OLA pulled together the work of several units: PIO, Chapter Relations, Washington Office to produce this product. It’s available at www.ala.org/tougheconomytoolkit.

Resources have been requested from ALA Chapters on coalition best practices for the Building Coalitions website, to be part of Advocacy University.

Carol A. Brey Casiano then led a discussion on how the Committee can get involved in current issues, including the tough economy. The idea of this committee as a policymaking body arose.

Some discussion took place around training and finding new ways of reaching advocates, including webinars, online trainings and using more 2.0 tools; a combination of online and in-person trainings. Some thought the office should be more involved in state issues, with more presence at state conferences. The idea of demystifying advocacy came up; that advocacy must be year-round. The idea of involving library school students in advocacy came up, including a mention of advocacy in the Core Competencies.

Judith Gibbons, Chair, Advocacy Subcommittee of the ALA Advocacy Committee, discussed what was happening with training stemming from the Office for Library Advocacy. The Advocacy Institute at Midwinter was canceled due to low attendance, and suggested that attendees may be staying for shorter periods of time due to budget constraints. How could the committee continue to create interest in the Advocacy Institute? Did it need to start looking at other training modules, such as online training or courses during regular conference hours instead?

Several things were determined at the meeting. It was decided that the committee would try a half-day Institute. It would focus on the tough economy, with a catchy title and description. Because hotel costs are really the biggest issue, Marci would look into
having the event off-site, at the Harold Washington Public Library in Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center or similar venue. It would be moderately priced at $25. The shortened Institute would omit introductions, advocacy basics and move right into specific breakout
sessions, with the possibility of having an opening guest speaker. Other options included having speakers come in and talk about their efforts (case studies). The Institute would be tied into ALTAFF’s Saturday Nuts & Bolts program – advocacy basics would be
available on Saturday; the Friday session would contain breakout sessions. The Illinois Library Assn. and ALTAFF would be asked to co-sponsor.

Carol then discussed next steps for the group. The order of meetings would be rearranged for Annual Conference, so that subcommittees would meet first, and the Advocacy Committee would meet last, with subcommittee chairs reporting to the larger committee. Carol would be reporting to the executive board to request a change in the name of the committee from the Advocacy Committee (AC) to the Committee on Library Advocacy (COLA). Marci would look into arrangements for the Advocacy Institute training at an offsite location.

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To support the efforts of advocates for all types of libraries; to develop resources, networks and training materials for advocates at the local, state and national levels with particular emphasis on the grassroots level; to work closely with the Office for Library Advocacy in collaboration with the Public Awareness Committee, the Chapter Relations Committee, the Committee on Legislation, and other ALA offices, divisions, and roundtables as well as external groups to integrate advocacy efforts into the overall planning, priorities and policies of the association; and to cultivate future leadership in order to sustain and enhance the advocacy efforts of the association. The Advocacy Committee comprises 13 ALA members. Terms last two years, on a staggered basis.

 

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