August 18, 2020

The survival of your library depends on advocacy

Libraries do a great job of promoting their collection and events. But if libraries are to survive and thrive, we must do a better job of advocating for ourselves and securing funding. We must stop being humble. We must talk more about the work we do in our libraries, as loudly as we can, to as many people as possible. 

August 12, 2020

Build connections with your community for long-lasting advocacy

Libraries need to rally their community support more than ever, a daunting prospect in the best of times. With that call-to-action in mind, the people of EveryLibrary are bringing you The Library Advocacy and Funding Conference, an online conference bringing the world’s best political operatives, consultants, organizers, and fundraisers to libraries.

August 14, 2019

Library Card Sign-up Month: August check-in

Congratulations! You’ve survived Summer Reading! And just when you thought you could kick back and relax, you remember: Students (and parents and educators) are heading back to school. And let’s not forget, September is Library Card Sign-up Month. If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed, don't worry! We’re here to help!

August 6, 2019

Advocacy templates in LibraryAware

Getting the word out about your public library is important, but perhaps never more important than when you have a referendum or measure on the ballot. Whether funding is adequate for your needs — or continues at all — often depends on how much voters know about your library’s impact on the community.  

May 7, 2019

Reimagining Library Card Sign-up Month

At EveryLibrary, we’ve helped several of our library partners reimagine their standard Library Card Sign-up Month by using best practices from voter registration drives and candidate interactions with voters. We know from the voter data how critical it is for those in your community who don’t use the library to see their librarians out in the community. We know from experience that volunteers can effectively represent their librarians in this kind of context, too. Taking your library card sign-ups outside the building allows you to build new relationships across neighborhoods. 

March 26, 2019

Webinar: Promoting Library Card Sign-up Month (from inside and outside the library)

The moment that someone gets their library card is a key moment in their life. Library Card Sign-up Month should be more than just waiting for more of those people to find us—we need to find them. Join John Chrastka, Executive Director at EveryLibrary and LibraryAware’s Pam Jaskot and Kathy Lussier as they share their hands-on experience, strategies, and tactics in successful library card sign-up month campaigns. 

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