Influential Nonprofit, Libraries for the Future (LFF), Closes After 17 Years

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Citing budget pressure, the nonprofit organization, Libraries for the Future (LFF), has announced that the current economic climate has made it impossible to continue. The recent news is, indeed, a tremendous loss to library advocates everywhere.

Influential in its advocacy efforts for libraries nationwide, LFF oversaw the birth of programs that have run in close to 400 libraries in 33 states; the good news: most will continue to run. Middle Country Public Library (NY), for example, will continue to oversee Family Place Libraries, a network of children’s librarians “who believe that literacy begins at birth, and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families.”

Other programs include Lifelong Access Libraries, which focuses on active older adults, and the Wellness Information Zone, which aims to support free, reliable consumer health information. LFF also trained many librarians to achieve EqualAccess Libraries, a program that addressed “this ever-changing digital age.”

Begun as an advocacy organization in 1992, LFF produced three important publications aimed to help advocates make the case for libraries including, Long Overdue, a national public opinion study, Worth Their Weight: An Assessment of the Evolving Field of Library Valuation, and Act for Libraries, a library advocacy web site.

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