We’re excited to bring the world’s best political operatives, consultants, organizers, and fundraisers to libraries!
In the last ten years, libraries have lost nearly 20% of voter and political support for funding and revenue. This is an alarming statistic considering that over 98% of library funding is decided by voters and politicians. That means that without this support, libraries will drastically lose funding across the country in the coming years.
Support for School and Public Libraries
Since “No Child Left Behind”, school librarian positions and school library programs have seen dramatic cuts. Decisions to eliminate school librarian jobs and convert school libraries into tech labs or testing centers are often done behind closed doors by school boards and administrations. Often, parents and the public are the last to know. Without effective organizing and powerbuilding, school librarianship remains at great risk.
We developed this conference to help librarians and library workers navigate the world of politics and build real support for library funding. The Library Advocacy and Funding Conference will teach you the most sophisticated strategy and tactics from some of the most advanced political organizations in the country.
This will be an opportunity for you to learn how to build local support for funding your library and your jobs. It means that you literally can’t afford to miss out on this conference!
Support For Local Library Associations
Proceeds from this conference are dedicated to building the advocacy ecosystem for libraries in the US and abroad. We will donate 25% of every registration to state library associations (or a national library association if outside the United States) to help these associations weather difficult financial times.
Another 25% of your conference registration is put to work through EveryLibrary on direct political advocacy and initiatives like ballot measures and legislative advocacy, while 25% will go to research, training, and voter education through the EveryLibrary Institute, a 501c3 non-profit. The final 25% will be used to offset the cost of the conference and pay staff and presenters.