I am excited to share that Congress finally may be poised to act definitively on ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) very soon. According to the ALA Washington Office, we could know as early as next week whether watershed language for school libraries included in the Senate’s Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177) makes it into the final “Conference Report” on ESEA that is being hammered out now between House and Senate negotiators from the two chambers’ quite different bills.
While we are hopeful that libraries will have something to be very thankful for this Thanksgiving or just after the holiday, we aren’t done yet! As soon as the ALA Washington Office learns what is actually in the new compromise bill language, they will be posting an alert to the Legislative Action Center with instructions for how you can help (including talking points you can use to call and email Congress). That will be our opportunity to make sure that every Member of the House of Representatives hears from librarians – thumbs up or thumbs down as the case may be – before they vote on the ESEA Conference Report as early as December 2. At that time, we will be calling on each of you to reach out not only to your individual Representative, but also to encourage your friends, family, and coworkers to take action as well.
The more voices that speak up on behalf of school libraries, the better! Please keep your eyes peeled and your ears open for the upcoming alert. Thank you!
Ann Campion Riley
2015-16 ACRL President
At its Fall Board Meeting on October 23, 2015, the ACRL Board of Directors approved the ACRL Libraries Transform Task Force to support the new ALA advocacy campaign. ACRL President Ann Campion Riley invites you to volunteer to serve on this newly created task force. Please see the following charge, tasks and timeline:
Charge: To develop messages and resources that will address the needs of academic and research libraries using the new ALA campaign, Libraries Transform.
- To develop and suggest to ALA new “Because” statements for the campaign.
- To develop resources that ALA can use on its campaign website, e.g., suggest individuals for interview, libraries to spotlight.
- To review the Academic and Research Libraries marketing materials developed for the ALA @ Your Library Campaign and revise/update or recommend removal from the website as needed.
Dates interim reports are due:
- 2016 ALA Annual Conference (new “Because” statements can be suggested prior to a report).
- 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting.
- If there are new resources developed, they should be available at the ACRL 2017 Conference.
Date final report is due: 2017 ALA Annual Conference.
The deadline to volunteer for the ACRL Libraries Transform Task Force is December 15, 2015. If you wish to be considered for appointment, complete the volunteer form on the ACRL website.
Note: Due to the timeline of this task force, the process is separate from the annual division-level and section appointments. Information on those appointments will be posted in December.
On October 29, ALA President Sari Feldman will officially launch Libraries Transform, a national public awareness campaign that will highlight the transformative nature of our nation’s libraries and elevate the critical role libraries play in the digital age.
“Today’s libraries are not just about what we have for people, but what we do for and with people,” said Feldman. “The goal of the Libraries Transform campaign is to change the perception that ‘libraries are just quiet places to do research, find a book, and read’ to a shared understanding of libraries as dynamic centers for learning in the digital age. Libraries of all kinds foster individual opportunity that ultimately drives the success of our communities and our nation.”
Feldman will officially launch the Libraries Transform campaign from Washington, D.C., with tours of transformative libraries such as Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, George Washington University’s Gelman Library, Thomson Elementary School library, and join Smithsonian library staff for a tour of the museum’s Fantastic Worlds exhibit.
“This is an exciting time for libraries, as institutions of all types continue to transform to meet the digital and print information needs of their users,” Feldman said. “It is through the transformation of library organizations that library professionals can continue to fulfill their role in leveling the playing field for all who seek to transform their lives through education and lifelong learning.”
For more information about Libraries Transform please visit the campaign website.
Nominations are open through September 28, 2015, for the I Love My Librarian Award. The award encourages library users — professors, administrators, students — to submit nominations about how their librarian makes a difference on campus or in the community.
Up to 10 librarians in public, school and college, community college and university libraries will be selected to win $5,000 and will be honored at a ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. In addition, a plaque will be given to each award-winner’s library. Winners will be announced in December 2015.
Nominate your favorite College, Community College, or University librarian today!
The award is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Public Library, and The New York Times.
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