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Miami-Dade Library’s Budget – Holding the Line

Last spring, EveryLibrary and Urban Librarians Unite were invited to help convene a new Coalition for Miami-Dade County Libraries. The Coalition was broad-based and came together to fight proposed cuts to the FY 14-15 budget by the Mayor.  The proposed cuts included about $22 million on a $44 million base budget.  Those proposed cuts followed a […]

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Miami-Dade Coalition Follow-up

We received a very nice note from John Quick, the president of the Friends of the Miami-Dade County Public Library, about our work supporting the Coalition to Save Miami-Dade Libraries (of which he was a co-chair).  We’re very proud of our early support of the grassroots movement in 2013 to lobby county government to back-fill cuts to […]

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Miami-Dade Coalition – Special Lib Politics Rodeo

Led by the Coalition to Save our Libraries, a huge number of Miami-Dade library supporters went to fight for their library yesterday at the Board of County Commissioners hearing. After months of discussions and negotiations with commissioners, in the media, and across the social and civic landscape in the county, supporters packed the chambers to ask for […]

Building the Miami-Dade Coalition

This spring, EveryLibrary and Urban Librarians Unite (ULU)  teamed up on a joint project to support the creation of the Coalition to Save our Libraries in Miami-Dade County, FL.  EveryLibrary’s involvement in Miami-Dade started in September, 2013 when the Mayor wanted to cut the libary’s budget by about $20 million dollars.  We did some advertising in the County […]

Reporting on Miami-Dade Marketing

The Commissioners in Miami-Dade County met at 5pm EDT today.  The ad buy to activate citizens to Save The Miami-Dade County Library – which you helped fund – played out like this: Page Engagements  = 1,163 New Page Likess = 214 Campaign Reach  = 107,090 out of aprox 340,000 Frequency = 1.6 times Clicks = 1,906 Click-Through Rate = 2.518% We […]

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EveryLibrary Speaking Tour!

We are excited about traveling across the country in the next few months and speaking to librarians in dozens of states about building a better future for funding libraries through political organizing and action. Our webinars, keynotes, staff workshops, and panel discussions focus on training librarians to understand their political environment and how to influence […]

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One America – Advice for Libraries about Immigration Enforcement Actions

As part of our support and involvement in the One America Coalition, we want to cross-post an in-depth discussion of the rules and laws concerning ways that libraries can prepare for increased activity by federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in their communities, at their facilities, and with their patrons. We appreciate Jason Griffey allowing us […]

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How is EveryLibrary Different And How Does It Support Libraries?

EveryLibrary is a little different in the library advocacy ecosystem. We are built as a 501c4 in an arena that is dominated by many hard-working and amazingly successful 501c3 organizations who are doing great things for the library community. Some examples of excellent 501c3 organizations that you probably know about are many of our state […]

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Election Day 2015 – First Look

Library elections are ‘evergreen’ campaigns.  They can happen any time of the year, and do.  From primaries and special elections to state and municipal off-cycle elections to general elections, libraries on the ballot.  Yesterday, November 3rd, we saw at least 43 libraries in 12 states go before the voters to renew basic tax funding or […]

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Lib Politics Rodeo September 15, 2015

News from around the #libraries #politics world Ballots are due today in Darby (MT) for a special election to decide if the library will get a 3 millage increase to its funding. It will make up one third of their budget and will be used for staffing, facility maintenance, and materials. We have been working […]