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Why I Need My Library – Stevens’ ALA initiative

Roberta Stevens, ALA president-elect, has launched her website: and shared Roberta Stevensbrief information about some of the initiatives of her presidency which begins at the end of the ALA Annual Conference. She has encouraged us to spread the word widely.

From her website here is information about the upcoming contest “Why I Need My Library:”

At the 2010 Midwinter Meeting, I talked with members, especially in AASL and YALSA, about an idea for using young people to communicate why libraries are needed now more than ever. This initiative takes Camila Alire’s member-driven, grassroots advocacy and Jim Rettig’s experimentation with social networking a step further with the aim of adding to the arsenal of techniques for frontline advocacy and engaging a new constituency in supporting libraries. The products will be short videos by children and young adults made available on YouTube and the ilovelibraries and @yourlibrary websites. The winners will identify either their school or local public library as the beneficiary of cash prizes for the best videos in the contest.

In an email Stevens stated: "It will take a team for the successful acccomplishment of these projects to benefit all types and sizes of libraries. I hope that you will want to be part of that team."

School librarians, I urge all of you to get involved with your professional organizations. Be thinking about this contest and the other initiatives: Frontline Fundraising and Our Authors, Our Advocates. Your students and their parents can be the best advocates for school libraries. You can be proactive.