Save the Date for LAFCON '24!

Save the date for the Library Advocacy and Funding Conference on July 24-26th, 2024!

The library industry continues to suffer from a number of major crises simultaneously during these uncertain times, particularly the loss of financial and voter support. The COVID-19 crisis has decimated the fundamental municipal tax base that funds school and public libraries. We're also seeing one of the largest coordinated attacks on libraries from extremist organizations, individuals, and scam PACs who are seeking to raise money and move their anti-American agendas forward by attacking library collections. 

Without community support, libraries will continue to drastically lose funding in the coming years. That's why we're launching our third 3-day training event called the Library Advocacy and Funding Conference on July 24-26th, 2024. Registration opens January 15th, 2024 so save the date today!

Learn New Strategies and Tactics
Join LAFCON to meet some of the most advanced political strategists and tacticians from within the library industry and beyond. Explore three days worth of content on how to navigate the world of politics and build voter support for library funding. 

The unique virtual structure of the conference will allow participants to attend all sessions, dig deep into a particular track or mix-and-match a program that meets their needs. Session speakers will be available live throughout the conference via Slack for conversations and interactivity with attendees. Conference topics will include: outreach, donor research, grants, legislation, coalition building, digital tactics, and marketing.

Immediate Support for the Library Industry
In order to build a strong advocacy network, Everylibrary believes that we need healthy library associations and support organizations. The advocacy strategies learned at this conference will provide tools to support the long-term health of libraries and associations, but short-term financial help is needed too. We will donate 25% of every registration to state library associations (or a national library association if outside the United States) in order to help these associations weather difficult financial times.

Converse, Share, and Prepare for the Future
Conversations and idea exchanges are one of the most vital parts of any conference, and that should not change even in a virtual setting. We will be using a dedicated conference platform to allow our attendees and speakers to talk and share throughout the conference. Those channels will remain active after the conference to allow everyone to keep in touch. We want this conference to provide a dedicated community of colleagues and advocates with the tools to take action and make sure that all libraries come out of the current crisis stronger and more prepared for the future. 

Speakers and other information will be announced soon.