[Libs-Or] [Fwd: [alacoun] Letter to President Obama]

Suzanne Sager bvss at pdx.edu
Wed Apr 8 07:30:21 PDT 2009


Suzanne L. Sager  
Oregon Chapter Councilor

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Subject: 	[alacoun] Letter to President Obama
Date: 	Wed, 8 Apr 2009 09:48:34 -0400
From: 	Rettig, Jim <jrettig at richmond.edu>
To: 	ALA Council list (alacoun at ala.org) <alacoun at ala.org>

Dear Colleagues:


I am pleased to update you on our follow-up to the Membership Town Hall 
meeting at our Midwinter Meeting in Denver. At that meeting 260 members 
contributed to a lively discussion of "What the new President and 
administration need to know about libraries."


On March 18^th , we sent the attached letter to the President, 
summarizing the many excellent points made by members at the Town Hall 


I want to personally express my appreciation to those members who took 
the time to attend, and for their many thoughtful comments. It was a 
particularly stimulating discussion. I would also like to thank the 
Membership Meeting Committee and the Executive Board for their 
initiative in making the meeting happen.


Last, I would also like to encourage all members, whether or not you 
were able to join us at that meeting, to  get involved in our efforts to 
secure increased federal support for libraries. Just this last year, we 
were able to get the EPA libraries reopened, to get legislation 
introduced that would require school librarians in all schools, and to 
secure support for increased funding for the Library Services and 
Technology Act. Our voice is being heard, and your individual efforts do 
make a difference.


 To join us in our efforts to increase federal support for libraries, 
visit http://capwiz.com/ala/home/..




Jim Rettig

ALA President


University Librarian
Boatwright Memorial Library
University of Richmond
Richmond, VA  23173
Voice:  804/289-8456
FAX:  804/289-8757
jrettig at richmond.edu <mailto:jrettig at richmond.edu>

  the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, July 9-15, 2009.  Join me there!

Portland State University logo

Suzanne L. Sager
Library East, Cataloging
Portland State University

sagers at pdx.edu

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