Re-post: What Do Library Staff Want President Obama to Know?


What Do Library Staff Want President Obama to Know?

During the economic downturn, library services are in greater demand for access to and assistance with job searching, financial aid, class assignments, lifetime learning, free Internet for poor families, government forms and programs. Just when families need libraries more, budgets, services, and hours are being cut. How can libraries serve as catalysts in communities to help the administration put its agenda into motion? ALA’s Executive Board and Membership Meeting Committee are sponsoring a Special Membership Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, Jan. 24th, from 3 PM to 4:30 PM in the Four Seasons Ballroom at the Colorado Convention Center. ALA wants to hear from you!

Because not everyone is able to participate in and ask questions of the candidates at the presidential candidates’ forum, anyone who can’t be there can still participate by submitting YouTube videos to ask the candidates their questions.

YouTube Candidates Forum Submission guidelines:

. Questions should be submitted as videos and posted to YouTube
. Maximum running time for a video is 90 seconds
. Every submission must be tagged: ALAelection09
. The individual/group submitting a video must use their true name/s
. Anyone interested in the election and/or candidates may submit

Deadline for submissions: January 16, 2009

Your suggestions and comments will help develop what ALA President Jim Rettig will share with President Obama and the new administration.

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