Cathleen Bourdon, AED, Communications & Member Relations, reporting from onsite in Washington, DC
What to do when the budget is threatened was addressed by Carol Brey-Casiano, chair, ALA Committee on Library Advocacy and Marci Merola, director, ALA Office for Library Advocacy during the Advocacy Institute on June 25th. They presented a nine point plan to deal with the crisis:
Make time to see the Parade of Bookmobiles this Sunday, June 27th at 2:00 pm! The 4th annual Parade of Bookmobiles will showcase mobile libraries of all shapes and sizes. For more information on ALA’s initiatives for the bookmobile community, check out OLOS.
ALA President Camila A. Alire, 3rd from left, with ALA past-presidents, from left, Peggy Sullivan 1980-81, Barbara Ford 1997-98, Betty Turock 1995-96, Nancy Kranich 2000-01, and Patricia Glass Schuman 1991-92, at the Library Advocates, Library Champions, and Legacy Society event.
The 2010 Libraries Build Communities volunteers gathered this morning, and will spend the day restoring books, collecting food, and building homes in the Washington D.C. area. For this year's project, volunteers are spending the day with area libraries, schools, the Capital Area Food Bank, and Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C.
Nancy Kranich served as President of the American Library Association in 2000-2001, focusing on the role of libraries in democracies. A tireless champion of the public's information rights, Nancy has spearheaded the library community's efforts to promote civic engagement, open access, and free expression.