#signitfriday April 10th

#signitfriday

BLAGH. Now the Missouri State Senate is trying to withhold 6 million dollars from libraries in the state for the NEXT fiscal year. Back to it folks, email the state senators and let them know how you feel about it.

You’ve got a chance to make a difference right here, so take 5 minutes and do it!

Local
NYC
www.investinlibraries.org

Are you in NYC next Thursday? Fantastic! Come to the Invest in Libraries Rally on Thursday April 16th at 9am and make some noise!

State
Arkansas
No petition yet, but this is a pretty gross budget cut.
Arkansas Times

Connecticut
http://www.ctlibrarians.org/?page=CLCAdvocacy

Missouri
www.savemolibraries.org

State Senator contact info
http://www.senate.mo.gov/15info/SenateRoster.htm  

New York
Say thank you  to a legislature that did the right thing!
http://cqrcengage.com/alany/app/write-a-letter?0&engagementId=89093 

Federal
National Library Legislative Day
http://www.ala.org/advocacy/advleg/nlld

Secure the Future of School Library Funding
ESEA comes up for a vote next Tuesday in committee WITHOUT school library funding included. You can help, if you are in one of the following states, call your senator and tell them to support library funding in the ESEA.

Tennessee call Senator Alexander at 202-224-4944
Wyoming call Senator Enzi at 202-224-3432
North Carolina call Senator Burr at 202-224-3154
Georgia call Senator Isakson at 202-224-3643
Kentucky call Senator Paul at 202-224-4343
Maine call Senator Collins at 202-224-2523
Alaska call Senator Murkowski at 202-244-6665
Illinois call Senator Kirk at 202-224-2854
South Carolina call Senator Scott at 202-224-6121
Utah call Senator Hatch at 202-224-5251
Kansas call Senator Roberts at 202-224-4774
Louisiana call Senator Cassidy at 202-224-5824
Washington call Senator Murray at 202-224-2621
Maryland call Senator Mikulski at 202-224-4654
Vermont call Senator Sanders at 202-224-5141
Pennsylvania call Senator Casey at 202-224-6324
Minnesota call Senator Franken at 202-224-5641
Colorado call Senator Bennet at 202-224-5852
Rhode Island call Senator Whitehouse at 202-224-2921
Wisconsin call Senator Baldwin at 202-224-5653
Connecticut call Senator Murphy at 202-244-4041
Massachusetts call Senator Warren at 202-224-4543

Talking Points:

Point 1: While reading and books are mainstays of the school library program, today’s effective school library programs are also sophisticated learning environments that provide the education and necessary skills to succeed in college and the workplace.

Point 2: Across the United States, studies have demonstrated that students in schools with effective school library programs learn more, get better grades, and score higher on standardized tests than their peers in schools without such resources.

Point 3: NCES data reveals that approximately 8,830 public schools across the nation do not have a school library and for those schools that do have a library, nearly 17,000 schools do not have a full or part-time state-certified school librarian on staff.

Point 4: Effective school libraries:
1. Are staffed by a state-certified school librarian;
2. Have up-to-date books, materials, equipment and technology;
3. Include regular collaboration between classroom teachers and school librarians to assist with development and implementation of the curriculum; and
4. Support the development of digital literacy skills.

 

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NJLA Runs an Awesome Conference!

This guest post brought to you by our friends at NJLA

Your friends in the New Jersey Library Association are having their annual conference this month, and you’re all invited. We’ve put together some in-depth preconference programs that will kick things off on Monday, April 20th. We’ll be talking about everyday library challenges and innovations, featuring great speakers and the chance for you to share what you’ve done.

Long Branch is a fun day trip, and NYLA members can attend at our member rates. Also – NJ Transit trains go right there. You can register online now at www.njlaconference.info – join us!

ESL in Libraries: Communicating with our communities
What if you couldn’t communicate where you live, work or shop? Our metro area is one of the most diverse areas of the country, and its libraries play a crucial role in acclimating newly arrived residents, providing programs and services to help them settle and thrive here. Learn about the different avenues for providing ESL service at your library, and how to formulate programs to meet the needs of your community. Then share ideas with freestyle group conversations – bring your experiences and ideas, we’d love to hear them!

Is Your Library LGBTQI Friendly? Collection development and beyond
This program will focus on collection development for all ages as well as making your library LGBTQI friendly, specifically for teens. Tools to help find those books that aren’t listed in the best of the best. LGBTQI teens have an astounding homelessness rate, and often find themselves looking for a “safe space” to go. How do we let them know that our library is one of these safe places? Brooklyn Public Library’s own Ingrid Abrams will be speaking on this panel, authors will be giving away books – what more could you want?

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#signitfriday April 3rd

#signitfriday

#signitfriday

Never a dull week in libraryland, the New York State budget has come out and it adds $5 million to library aid! Make sure to thank the legislators who made that happen below.

You’ve got a chance to make a difference right here, so take 5 minutes and do it!

Local
NYC
www.investinlibraries.org

State
Arkansas
No petition yet, but this is a pretty gross budget cut.
Arkansas Times

Connecticut
http://www.ctlibrarians.org/news/222847/CLC-needs-your-help-NOW.htm

Missouri
www.savemolibraries.org

New York
http://cqrcengage.com/alany/app/write-a-letter?0&engagementId=89093 

Federal
National Library Legislative Day
http://www.ala.org/advocacy/advleg/nlld

 

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#signitfriday March 27th

Well there’s a ton of stuff going on this week. You can help Invest in NYC libraries, sign of for National Library Legislative Day, tell off the Governor of Missouri for kicking kids out of his office, and seriously House of Representatives? Ditching IMLS? S’rong with you? Ugh.

You’ve got a chance to make a difference right here though, so take 5 minutes and do it!

Local
NYC
www.investinlibraries.org

State
Connecticut
http://www.ctlibrarians.org/news/222847/CLC-needs-your-help-NOW.htm

Missouri
www.savemolibraries.org

New York
http://cqrcengage.com/alany/app/write-a-letter?7&engagementId=81910

Federal
National Library Legislative Day
http://www.ala.org/advocacy/advleg/nlld

Act to save the LSTA
http://www.districtdispatch.org/2015/03/time-is-running-out-for-lsta-and-ial-act-now/

 

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#signitfriday March 20, 2015

#signitfriday

 

It’s #signitfriday again and HOO BOY, do we have some stuff for you to sign this week.

Local
Mayor de Blasio is looking for input on PlaNYC, have you filled out the survey yet? Tell him library service is a priority for you!
Survey Here

State
Missouri
The governor of the show me state doesn’t seem to want to see how important libraries are. Heck he kicked a bunch of kids and librarians out of his office rather than talk to them about his draconian cuts in library funding. (Seriously, who does that?)

Check out Save Missouri Libraries
Sign the Petition

New York
Libraries are education, so an increase in library aid should be at the same rate as any increase in state aid to schools. Write a letter to Cuomo and your representative to tell them to support library funding increases.
Write a letter

Federal
Ensure the Future of School Library Funding
Tell your Senators to co-sponsor the SKILLS Act
Call your Senator
Read more about this act here.

Do you have a petition you’d like to see included? Contact us here.

 

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