Every library worker is an advocate! Together, we can bring change with our powerful force to advocate for:
- Services for all in our communities,
- Information Policies,
- Funding to keep libraries open,
- Raise awareness about the value of libraries,
- Position academic, school, public and all librarians as leaders.
I am proud to have been able to advocate on behalf of libraries on sidewalks of my local city, at the United Nations, at my local City Hall, and during the National Legislative Day in Washington.
I am bringing my experience strategizing and advocating in different fronts: providing testimony at New York City Council Budget Hearings about libraries, speaking at the United Nations to raise awareness about the role of libraries in providing access to public information and advocating for libraries with U.N. Member States, standing on a sidewalk holding signs to fight budget cuts, meeting with lawmakers in Washington DC to explain why libraries matter.
I am inspired by the Libraries Transform campaign, the work of ALA Divisions, the Office of Library Advocacy, and the Washington Office to build on their successful efforts.
- Lines of Action: We must use multiple online and in-person platforms to advocate for libraries and grow advocate leaders.
- Concerted advocacy efforts will include ALA Divisions, units, chapters and members.
- Partnering and creating coalitions with different stakeholders such as civic society groups, elected officials and NGOs will bring success. Stay tuned for more.