EveryLibrary helps public, school, and college libraries win bonding, tax, and advisory referendum, ensuring stable funding and access to libraries for generations to come.
EveryLibrary is a nonprofit social welfare organization chartered to work exclusively on local library ballot initiatives. The organization is registered in Illinois after reaching our funding/pledge goal from individual, corporate, union, and foundation donors. We work with local ballot committees and PAC leaders in support of local library ballot measures, on specific state legislative measures which impact libraries ability to act as districts, and independently to advocate for specific library initiatives among the voting public.
WHAT WE DO
EveryLibrary will be the first and only national organization dedicated exclusively to political action at a local level to create, renew, and protect public funding for libraries of all types. We will provide tactical and operational support to local voter awareness campaigns, seed and sustaining monies to local ballot committees and PACs, as well as conducting direct voter advocacy in support of library taxing, bonding, and referendum.
WHO WE WORK WITH
EveryLibrary is a non-partisan, pro-library organization with an alignment toward sustaining libraries as they evolve and grow in the 21st century. EveryLibrary is a coalition partner with other organizations, associations, and non-profits that seek to support libraries through public awareness and advocacy.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
EveryLibrary is building a community of donors who are ready to support library funding on Election Days across the country. Your support is foundational to the success of library taxing, bonding, and referendum in the years to come. Please consider a donation to EveryLibrary today and help us build a new, unique, and active organization for libraries at the ballot box.
WHAT ARE CONTRIBUTIONS USED FOR?
Contributions will be used for voter awareness campaigns and helping local library ballot committees win at election time. EveryLibrary will use a portion of contributions to cover overhead, staffing, and development or acquisition of voter awareness tools and campaign materials. Contributions by individuals, corporations, foundations, and unions to EveryLibrary are not tax-deductible.
WILL MY PLEDGE AND CONTRIBUTION BE PUBLIC?
As a 501(c)4 organization, EveryLibrary is not required to disclose the names of donors or amounts of contributions that further its mission and purpose of advocating for library ballot initiatives. However, EveryLibrary enables donors to self-disclose their intent or amount of support when contributing or pledging. If you would like to make your support for libraries known by name, please check the appropriate box on EveryLibrary’s online donation form. All records that are required to be maintained for IRS reporting are done so in full compliance with the law and regulation.
WHO IS ON THE EVERYLIBRARY BOARD?
EveryLibrary’s founder is John Chrastka, a long-time library trustee, supporter, and advocate. Mr. Chrastka is a former partner in AssociaDirect, a Chicago-based consultancy focused on supporting associations in membership recruitment, conference, and governance activities. He is president of the Board of Trustees for the Berwyn (IL) Public Library (2006 – present) and is a former president of the Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System (RAILS) multi-type library system. Prior to his work at AssociaDirect, he was Director for Membership Development at the American Library Association (ALA). He is a current member of ALA as well as the Illinois Library Association (ILA), and is a member of the American Political Sciences Association (APSA). He tweets at @mrchrastka.
Erica Findley is a passionate library supporter and is influential in the broader library advocacy ecosystem. Ms. Findley is the Cataloging/Metadata Librarian at Multnomah County Library (OR) and is a 2008 MLS graduate from Emporia State University. She is an active member of the American Library Association where she is an at-large member of their governing Council. She was a 2012 ALA Emerging Leader and currently serves on the Emerging Leaders Subcommittee and the ALCTS President’s Program Committee. Ms. Findley is a co-convener of the ALA Think Tank and regularly hosts “pop-up libraries” when traveling by train or plane. Ms. Findley can be found online at www.ericafindley.com.
Patrick Sweeney is a tireless and innovative advocate for libraries. A 2005 graduate of the San Jose School of Library and Information Sciences, Mr. Sweeney works for the San Mateo County (CA) Library managing the East Palo Alto and Portola Valley Public Libraries. He is active in the American Library Association where he is an at-large member of their governing Council. As a California Library Association member, Mr. Sweeney has most recently served on their Conference Committee. His library blog is well respected, and he is a sought-after speaker and presenter. His most recent project, the Story Sailboat, works to provide library services and materials, by boat, to advocate for libraries and literacy in the San Francisco Bay area.
Lindsay C. Sarin
Lindsay Sarin is conversant at the intersection of politics and libraries. She is the MLS Program Coordinator at Maryland’s College of Information Studies and a 2011 graduate of the program, Reviews Editor of The Library Quarterly, and a Research Fellow at the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC). Her research interests include information policy and its relationship to library advocacy, information literacy, marketing, and LIS education. Ms. Sarin has published on how politics and policy impact library funding, and has co-authored Public Libraries, Public Policies, and Political Processes: Serving Transforming Communities in Times of Economic and Political Constraint (Spring 2014). She is an active member of the Maryland Library Association, American Library Association, and the Association of College and Research Libraries. She should be followed at @lcsarin.
Peter Bromberg deeply believes in the potential of every person, and believes that libraries play a significant role in helping us unlock and develop our abilities and move in the direction of our dreams. He is a 1992 MLS graduate of Rutgers University and was most recently Associate Director of the Princeton (NJ) Public Library. He understands the crucial role libraries play in supporting democracy by creating a neutral space for respectful civic discourse, and by offering access and guidance to unbiased information. For over 20 years Mr Bromberg has held leadership roles in state and national associations, including helping to inaugurate the Emerging Leaders program for ALA. He can be found online at peterbromberg.com.
Mel Gooch understands the ecosystem of library advocacy, from front-line staff to citizen leadership. A 2002 MLIS graduate from Rutgers University, she is library branch manager and adult services librarian for the San Francisco Public Library. Ms. Gooch is active in the American Library Association where she is an at-large member of their governing Council, serves on the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) Program Committee and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) Program Committee. She is a co-founder and President of the new Bay Area Chapter of Urban Librarians Unite, a professional group created to promote and support libraries, library staff, and librarianship in urban settings. She tweets at @mel_gooch.
In addition to the Board of Directors, EveryLibrary is proud to be assembling our Advisory Board of librarians, trustees, and citizen-advocates from around the library world to help guide, shape, and realize its vision of support for libraries at the ballot box. The Advisory Board will be 12 – 15 people from public, academic, and school library settings who are dedicated to seeing libraries win support for bonds, levys, milliages, taxes, and referendum.