EveryLibrary helps library communities when they have a question before the voters. But we also take our mission to help improve the image and perception of libraries and librarians seriously. As we build our resources for national advocacy, we are focused on projects that demonstrate two facts: the ongoing relevance of libraries as a publicly institution supporting the educational, economic, and civic life of their communities; and the need for professional librarians and highly trained support staff in being the people who put that mission into action every day. EveryLibrary is a sponsor or partner of several initiatives designed to reach the public at large:
Great Librarian Write Out 2014-2015
We need to tell our own stories in the media about how librarians are change agents in their communities and well funded libraries are vital for community outcomes. This competition encourages librarians to get out of the echo-chamber and put their writing skills to good use in non-library publications for a chance to win a cash prize.
Outside the Lines 2014
EveryLibrary is a participating organization for the inaugural year of Outside the Lines, a week long celebration “to reconnect you with the creativity, technology, discovery and all of the fun and unexpected experiences happening in libraries today”. Our guide to doing Library Card Signups Outside puts librarians in front of the public in a new way.
sxswLAM (2013, 2014)
EveryLibrary has supported a cohort of librarians who attend the South by South West Interactive festival to help them reach a wider policy and technology audience about their work, including helping to convene a joint library organization presence in the Trade Show and providing direct marketing and outreach in advance of the meeting.
National Voter Registration Day
EveryLibrary is a partner organization in National Voter Registration Day to encourage libraries to be a place for not just impartial information about the democratic process, but to help enfranchise voters in that process by being a voter registration site.
Net Neutrality Teach-Ins
We have partnered with organizations like Mozilla, reddit, Free Press, OpenMedia, IMLS / ALA, Media Alliance, and Engine Advocacy in order to educate the public about Net Neutrality and what it means.