Monday, June 25, 2012

TEXTING Legislators About Library Issues

Teacher librarian Connie Williams, who represents California school librarians for the American Library Association, reports the following easy way to make a difference:

ALA has now made it easy for you to respond to  email alerts that get sent out asking you to please call you legislator on behalf of the most recent bill or action..  Text!

Here's what you do: (..took me less than 5 minutes!)

Text "library" to 877877. You will receive a message back asking for your address. Send that info back.  From now on, when there's a legislative alert from ALA relating to library and information issues they will send you a text.  Best part of it is that the text will contain two things:
1- some 'talking points' you can read before you make your call AND
2- a link to the telephone number of the representative you need to call.... all YOU have to do is to click on the active telephone link and you will be placing the call right away. Give your message and Ta Da!.... in the span of a few minutes you have participated in important action advocacy.

Let all your friends know about this process- you do NOT need to be an ALA member to sign on. By spreading the word you have helped build an important coalition of voices that our legislators need to hear on these important library matters. Go for it! :)

The ALA Washington Office says to expect 2-3 messages a month...
Connie H. Williams
National Board Certified Teacher Librarian
AASL Legislation Chair

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