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Ramp up your library advocacy.

TLA has thousands of members from school, public, academic, and special libraries, as well as countless lay supporters, parents, educators, and business partners who promote library issues. Additionally, all types of libraries enjoy enormous local support from parent groups, the local community, student organizations, and countless other stakeholders who join in statewide efforts to strengthen libraries.

Texas libraries count millions of supporters! With libraries – school, academic, public, or special – located in almost every political jurisdiction in the state, the grassroots support for libraries is broad and deep.

Building relationships with your local, state and national elected officials is essential to advocacy.

 

ALA Past-President Julie Todaro: On the Value of Libraries
This resource covers everything on the value of libraries from A to Z. With resources for all types of libraries, this online guide covers advocacy, management and leadership.

Texas Public Libraries ROI Study
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s study shows that for every $1 spent in Texas on public libraries, the return on investment is an outstanding $4.64.

Promoting Our Values, Proving Our Worth Toolkit: A Realistic, Concrete Approach
By Julie Todaro, past chair, TLA PR & Marketing Committee

OCLC Reports and Publications on Libraries

Pew Internet & American Library Project
Studies on libraries, reading, and technology use from the Pew Research Center.

Video: Libraries in Action  
Overview of library activities developed by Beth Krippel at Harris County Public Library

Video: Middle School Kids Love Reading and Libraries
A TLA Branding Iron Award honoree, this video shows how the school community rallies around the school library.

American Library Association Advocacy Site

TedTalk: Political Change with Pen and Paper  
Using persuasive letters to engage elected officials

 

 

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TLA Response to Macmillan eBook Embargo

Advocacy, TLA News

The Texas Library Association (TLA), with almost 6,000 members from academic, school, special and public libraries, represents one of the largest and most dynamic library markets in the country. On behalf of our members, we call on Macmillan to reverse the library eBook embargo announced in July. This new licensing model, which allows libraries to […]

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Libraries Transform Texas Week October 7 – 11

TLA News, Uncategorized

“Libraries transform Texas because they transform our people.” – Mayor Steve Adler, City of Austin Mark your calendars and plan to celebrate the numerous ways libraries transform Texas!  During the week of October 7 – 11 all libraries are invited to share how they transform their communities through innovative spaces, programs, education, technology, events, and […]

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