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The First Campaign Win of 2017!

We are excited to announce our first win of 2017 in Madison, Connecticut. The vote was a terrific 1,897 in support of the library project, while only 550 people voted no. This win last night (February 7, 2017) means the library can more than double in size, from its current 17,000 square feet to 37,000 […]

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Show Solidarity With All Americans With These ‘All Are Welcome’ Buttons

One of the best things about our nation’s 9,000 library systems is that there are no exclusionary rules and everyone is welcome. Millions of people from different places and of all ages, sexes, races, religions, preferences, and socio-economic backgrounds come through those doors every day. As a country, we are fortunate that libraries are supported […]

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Library Closures and Defunding Concerns in 2017

It already looks like 2017 will be a daunting year for library funding and support across the country. We are disheartened to report at least two public library closures and a continued decline of school library funding and support. We are also concerned about an empowered Republican Study Committee who have proposed Federal Budgets with […]

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To be the Change We Seek – 2017 EveryLibrary Agenda

Since the Election, EveryLibrary’s leadership team has listened as Americans have grappled with fundamental issues about our country in order to build our agenda for 2017 and beyond. We started EveryLibrary to help ensure that thousands of local libraries in diverse communities have the resources they need to help people succeed. Whether it is with […]

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If these libraries lose on November 8th, they close.

What’s at stake next week for the libraries is pretty clear. Over 200 libraries are on the ballot across the country. EveryLibrary is supporting 13 of them on operations and building measures. I’ve loved working with all of them, but two are very special to me because if they lose, they close. I don’t want […]

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A Big Win In Alaska for Statewide Broadband in Libraries

I am proud to share that, with your support, EveryLibrary was able to help the Alaska Library Association succeed in having $668,000 restored to the state budget for broadband subsidies to libraries after it was completely cut from the budget. While the Governor restored Alaska Online With Libraries (OWL) at $668,000 and not the original […]

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Announcing Our Partnership With Gale for New Data on Library Support

We are excited to announce a partnership with Gale, who is providing their Analytics On Demand platform to us, which allows us to take a closer look at the data around library support in the United States. Analytics On Demand is Gale’s data analytics tool for public libraries. The importance of data-driven campaigns One of […]

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Are Petitions Effective in the Fight for Libraries?

This is a complicated question and the answer is both yes and no. If the petition isn’t done in a way that engages supporters to sign it, doesn’t collect data, won’t activate supporters, and never engages them to take more action, then the answer is no. Luckily, that’s not the way our new petition platform […]

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The Great Librarian Write-Out 2016

EveryLibrary is excited to announce to the 4th round of the Great Library Write-Out. This near yearly 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 $250 cash prize. If you’re familiar with previous year’s write-outs (2014/15, 2013, […]

Cedar Rapids Public Library employee Heather Meyer-Boothby (right) processes a library card renewal for Mona Myhlhousen as volunteer Jazon Lea talks to her about library services during a door-to-door library card drive as part of Library Card Signup month in the Time Check neighborhood in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)

How to Become – and Thrive – as a Fundraising Librarian

This post on fundraising is by Marc Huber. Marc Huber is an 18 year fundraising veteran who has consulted on the $25.3 million capital campaign for the DeKalb Public Library, IL, and is currently working as Director of Development for the IUPUI University Library in Indianapolis, IN. Marc is a member of ALA, ACRL, and the […]