Last week, our team had the opportunity to chat with Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, District 5 of North Carolina, and hear more about her experience as a life-long reader and advocate of literacy. We started by talking about how books have impacted her life: "I've been blessed to be a reader all my life (and)...I've always … Continue reading READ with Congresswoman Virginia Foxx
One of the most difficult conversations to be had in the current library sphere is reopening in a worldwide pandemic. Whether you are up and running at 100% or offering curbside pickup hours, the American Library Association provides many resources to help your library transition in the safest way possible for staff and patrons. Learn … Continue reading Resources for Library Reopening Plans
October is National Book Month! In celebration of reading and literacy across North Carolina, consider telling the story about how books have shaped you and the impact they have had on your life. Please complete this form to be featured on the North Carolina Library Advocacy & Legislation Committee website as well as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. This project is open to everyone, … Continue reading Join in the #BooksThatShapedMe Campaign for National Book Month
From the ALA: Congress is expected to take action on legislation that includes significant funding opportunities for libraries and education by midnight tonight. Originally including $5 million, possible IMLS funding has increased to $135 million in a revised edition of the HEROES II Act for COVID-19 relief. It is critical that we continue to put … Continue reading Funding Action TODAY $135 Million for IMLS Possible
On September 24th, the Institute for Museum and Library Services announced that $13.8 million in funding from the CARES Act would be available for COVID relief for libraries and museums in the U.S. to "support the role of museums and libraries in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. The funded projects were selected from 1,701 applications … Continue reading $13.8 Million in IMLS Funding Awarded Through CARES Act
This weekend, the important topic of school library advocacy will be featured at the North Carolina School Library Media Association virtual conference. In this session, Dr. Anthony Chow, Associate Professor at UNCG and co-chair of NC Library Advocacy & Legislation Committee, and Dawn Haney, a 16 year veteran teacher of NC schools and has recently … Continue reading School Library Advocacy a Featured Topic at NCSLMA Conference, September 2020
Are you a member of the North Carolina Library Association? Sign this petition to make the Legislative and Advocacy ad hoc committee into a formal NCLA Section. This will secure attention to the critical role advocacy and legislation plays in the future prosperity of our field across all types of libraries.
This may be our final chance to see libraries included in COVID-19 recovery legislation - Representative Andy Levinand Senator Jack Reed’s Library Stabilization Fund Act would provide $2 billion in critical funding to support libraries across the country. Take action to keep #LibrariesStrong and urge Congress to support this bill here.
Join the ALA's Virtual Library Legislative Week May 4th - 8th. During this week, the ALA will be hosting advocacy training and activities online. More details can be found here, but some highlights are: Monday, the 4th - A virtual training with the Congressional Management Foundation on connecting with elected officials while social distancing. Wednesday, … Continue reading Announcing Virtual Library Legislative Week
Congressional leadership is continuing work on a new COVID-19 recovery package, and we are working to ensure libraries of all types are included. Today, we need your voice to get the library message to Congress. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are circulating a Dear Colleague letter in the Senate calling for $2 billion … Continue reading ALA Advocacy Alert – COVID Funding