From May 7–8, 2013, more than 350 librarians, patrons, trustees, educators and parents met with members of Congress to discuss key library issues during the American Library Association’s 39th annual National Library Legislative Day. Advocates discussed the need to protect federal library funding and support access to federally-funded scholarly journal articles, among other issues.
The New York Public Library is facing a $47 million city budget cut that would force cutbacks to key free services that the public relies on, such as programs, classes, library hours, and more. We need your help to stop these cuts! Go to nypl.org/speakout to sign a letter and tell the City that you and your communities need your library (it only takes a few minutes, and you don’t need to live in NYC)! Spread the word, support NYPL, keep libraries strong, and thank you!
Come on folks, sign! You don’t have to be an NYC resident.
LSTA is crucial for libraries because:
- LSTA is the primary source of funding for libraries in the federal budget
- LSTA helps many public libraries provide services to users that include, but are not limited to: job searches, résumé building help, digital literacy workshops, access to e-government services, etc.
I’ve been present for a good deal of the coalescence of this tumblarian community now, and I’d readily guess that tumblr folk historians may well point to today as the day we ‘arrived’. Certainly it’s gotten everyone all fired up, at least. And the excitement and general outpouring of splendidness in relation to EveryLibrary has got me thinking, or rather realizing and appreciating anew: I’m really grateful for this community and what it does.
I don’t just mean in relation to fundraising and donations (although that’s important), but in terms of the smashing resource it is for learning about libraries and the people who work with them. On my dash are examples of public programming, reference work, archival work, cataloging stuff I now have slightly less of no idea about, life as an MLIS student, and so much more (also plenty of shining personal posts that give every impression of librarians being a good lot generally who I would quite like to know).
I’ve only just turned twenty-one, and I’m still a good couple of years away from grad school, much less an MLIS and a career helping people by means of libraries—definitely on the low end of whatever curve you’d care to extrapolate from the ages and experiences of all the libraryish people on here. But because of those people and their blogs and their willingness to share about themselves and their jobs through this medium, I am light-years ahead of where I would be without the tumblr platform bringing everyone together.
Whether you realize it or not, I think that, by coming together in bits and pieces, we are building for the future—for future activism, for future learning, and for people who have yet to discover librarianship as a profession, as was the case for myself a couple years ago. When they do, though, they will have a smart, vibrant, diverse, and informative community here for them.
Thank you, tumblrarians, for providing such a great avenue of experience of the ways in which people library. You’re the best.
So I left work and went to yoga. Grocery shopped. Came home.
FOLKS WE’RE AT $820. WE NEED LESS THAN $200 SMACKERS TO LOCK THIS THING DOWN IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS.
it’s at $890 now. this is totally happening.
It’s at $910 now and I’m signing off…
So. many. thanks.
Collective pat on the back, everyone. Good job! We still have to make it to 1k, though, so don’t stop reblogging, retweeting, and always of course donating!
You guys! I’m giving away my zines! And by “giving away,” I mean “Could you please donate to this really great cause and then I will make you a copy of every single issue of my zine and mail it to you for free in a special package?”
Issue 1: This was my very first zine and it’s about moving to New York City at the age of 21 fresh out of a long term relationship and how I made out with every person in sight.
Issue 2: This one is about produce. Mostly vegetables but I think there’s some fruit in there.
Issue 3: This one is about the summer I spent interning at the American Library in Paris followed by a brief stint on a farm.
Issue 4: I made this issue for Women’s History Month. Includes Hellen Keller fanfic.
Issue 5: This issue documents the time I got bed bugs. Not for the faint of heart.
TO RECEIVE A ZINE, use this link to donate to EveryLibrary. Amount does not matter! Then go here and enter your name and address. Then I send you your zine! That’s it! You’ve donated to a great cause and you’re getting some zines mailed personally from me to you. Sometimes I draw weird things on the envelopes too.
Donate! Donate! Donate!
Attention tumblarians, library-loving tumblrers, and all the internet friends: today kicks off a one-week fundraiser to $1000 to benefit EveryLibrary, the first and only national organization dedicated exclusively to political action at a local level to create, renew, and protect public funding for libraries of all types.
In order to maximize our efforts,Tumblr is taking on the Twitter community in a race to $1k, from today until next Tuesday, November 20th.
Help today, help tomorrow.
Why does EveryLibrary need our help? Funding raised this week will go towards the necessary personnel and resources needed to do voter analysis on library ballot measures which were voted on across the country during the election. What EL learns from this election will have a critical impact on our strategy of support for future library endeavors on the ballot. Cool and important, right?
Even cooler, if you can’t give cash right now, we’ve partnered with Urban Libraries Unite (an incredible org, check it out) in supporting their book drive which is currently seeking new and good condition used children’s books and new unmarked children’s coloring and activity books (with crayons if possible), to go out to young victims of the storm who are currently in shelters in New York City. Material donations should be directed here.
Please consider giving what you can. Chip in $5 or $10—or donate books to support Sandy victims.
To contribute to the #tumblarian EveryLibrary race to 1k (WHICH I HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE WE CAN CLEAN UP WELL BEFORE NEXT TUESDAY), please click through the link above or here.
Give us a like, a reblog, a shout out to your friends and family. Think about it: all we need is about 100 folks to find $10 or so for the cause. Let’s have fun, do good work for EveryLibrary, and flex these Tumblarian muscles. Let us also show Twitter what’s up.
To learn more about EveryLibrary (and to share the good news with your generous friends) please visit here.
YES YES YES
Hey library-fanboys and fangirls! Help support local libraries at the ballot box by donating to EveryLibrary, “the first and only national organization dedicated exclusively to political action at a local level to create, renew, and protect public funding for libraries of all types.”
Why should you do this now? Because there’s a $500 challenge that will double your donation between now and this Friday, Sept 28.
Give what you can, if you can.
Hey! Something terrific and important happened for libraries today:
EveryLibrary, a PAC which will work in support of library initiatives across the country, went live. It’s a new, meaningful way to ensure that libraries continue to exist where they are needed most.
Please check out everylibrary.org ASAP. And keep on your toes for a possible forthcoming tumblr…
Fact is, libraries need professional campaigning, advocacy, and lobbying to continue getting support in the current political and economic climate. The way American politics work, that means money. Hopefully, EveryLibrary will help in that arena.
Knowing that John Chrastka is behind this gives it a great deal of legitimacy.
Join us today - get politicians into your library, so they know how valuable the services you provide are
Studies show that in-person visits are critical for effective influence on politicians, particularly in an election year. With the last three months of the election season (phew!) around the corner, now is the time to press council members, legislators, administrators, school board members — in fact, anyone you can think of — to visit. And if you’re concerned about whether election rules restrict your ability to be involved in advocacy at this time of year, don’t be! We’ll go over the rules of engagement just to be sure we’re all on the same page. Join us to learn the secret strategies for getting decision makers in the door — and eventually agreeing with you!
Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 (today!)
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT