[Libs-Or] UPDATE RE URGENT: Last Push THIS AM for "Missing" LSTA/IAL Signatures

OLA President olapresident at olaweb.org
Thu May 25 08:39:01 PDT 2017

Good morning Oregon libraryland,
I am forwarding this message from ALA, reminding us that we still have a
bit more time (until 11am, to be exact) to urge Senator Merkley to sign on
to the "Dear Appropriator" letter, supporting Innovative Approaches to
Learning (IAL). Fortunately, both our Senators have signed a letter of
support for LSTA, but if you have time this morning, please consider
contacting Senator Merkley to ask for his support for IAL.
Links to do so, and more information is in the forwarded message below.
Thank you for all you do, Oregon library community!
Elsa Loftis

Begin forwarded message:

*From:* Adam Eisgrau <aeisgrau at alawash.org
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*Date:* May 25, 2017 at 8:41:04 AM EDT
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*Subject:* *URGENT: Last Push THIS AM for "Missing" LSTA/IAL Signatures*

Good morning. Here's the latest an last appeal, friends. Please push to
your chapter members. Many thanks!


Adam Eisgrau, Managing Director
American Library Association
Office of Government Relations

*Subject:* *Fw: URGENT: Last Push THIS AM for "Missing" LSTA/IAL Signatures*

Dear Colleagues. Good early morning. Julie will be sending an email shortly
to all members but the word needs to go as far and wide as it can, as early
as it can, this AM and *we would very much appreciate your special help and
fast action with any and all of those Senators in the charts below of which
your specialized members are constituents in significant number*:

The message is that Sen. *Reed has extended to just 2PM EASTERN* the
deadline -- one last time -- by when Senate offices may contact his staff
to say that they will sign either or both of the "Dear Appropriator"
letters for LSTA and IAL that he must deliver to the full
Appropriations Committee tonight.  These are the final hours in which we
and our members can make an impact on the Senators most likely to sign at
the last minute.

Please help us try. *Please immediately ask your members and others to use
the ALA Legislative Action Center <https://cqrcengage.com/ala/?0> AGAIN to
contact or recontact these Senators **"missing" from either or both letters*
and ask them to tell Sen. Reed's staff that they will endorse the letter or
letters they have not yet signed.  Senators agreeing to do so MUST have
their staffs indicate that they wish to sign by contacting
Elyse_Wasch at reed.senate.gov
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','Elyse_Wasch at reed.senate.gov');> for LSTSA and
Moira_Lenehan at reed.senate.gov
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','Moira_Lenehan at reed.senate.gov');> for IAL.
The have only until 2 PM Eastern to do that.  We have less time!

Many thanks for all your help to date and for this *last push this AM at
the mostly Democratic Senators we have a chance of convincing*.  Two tables
 showing separately whether they have signed for LSTA or IAL follow.  (Some
will be missing from both.) Thanks again!




*From:* Adam Eisgrau
*Sent:* Sunday, May 14, 2017 4:05 PM
*To:* churchap at longwood.edu
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','churchap at longwood.edu');>; heroldi at hawaii.edu
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','heroldi at hawaii.edu');>;
Cheryl.middleton at oregonstate.edu
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','Cheryl.middleton at oregonstate.edu');>;
vsipeala at gmail.com <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','vsipeala at gmail.com');>;
ninaalsc at gmail.com <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','ninaalsc at gmail.com');>;
Michael.gorlick at gmail.com
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','Michael.gorlick at gmail.com');>;
aimee.fifarek at phoenix.gov
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','aimee.fifarek at phoenix.gov');>;
jspears at ppld.org <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','jspears at ppld.org');>;
Felton.thomas at cpl.org
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','Felton.thomas at cpl.org');>;
alemcmanus at ucdavis.edu
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','alemcmanus at ucdavis.edu');>; sjssusan at gmail.com
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','sjssusan at gmail.com');>;
gsarahthelibrarian at gmail.com
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','gsarahthelibrarian at gmail.com');>
*Cc:* snorton at ala.org <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','snorton at ala.org');>;
acline at ala.org <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','acline at ala.org');>;
mdavis at ala.org <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','mdavis at ala.org');>;
kmalenfant at ala.org <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','kmalenfant at ala.org');>;
kcascio at ala.org <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','kcascio at ala.org');>;
astrittmatter at ala.org
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','astrittmatter at ala.org');>; shornung at ala.org
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','shornung at ala.org');>; jlevine at ala.org
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','jlevine at ala.org');>; Kward at ala.org
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','Kward at ala.org');>; Bmacikas at ala.org
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','Bmacikas at ala.org');>; Larra Clark;
shornung at ala.org <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','shornung at ala.org');>;
sreed at ala.org <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','sreed at ala.org');>; byoke at ala.org
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','byoke at ala.org');>; Keith Michael Fiels (
kfiels at ala.org <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','kfiels at ala.org');>); Julie
Todaro <jtodaro at austincc. edu> (jtodaro at austincc.edu
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','jtodaro at austincc.edu');>); Keith Michael
Fiels (kfiels at ala.org <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','kfiels at ala.org');>);
Emily Sheketoff; Janice Lachance
*Subject:* TIME SENSITIVE: Senate Approps Fight Update and Further
Assistance Request

Dear Division Presidents and Colleagues:

Thanks for recently sharing the info in my last bulletin (pasted below with
original hyperlinks for convenience) out to your members in some form. As
we head into the home stretch of our “51 Senators or Bust” campaign for
LSTA and IAL Dear Appropriator letter signatures (aka Fight for Libraries!
I wanted to take a minute to *update you confidentially on some happy
forthcoming developments*. I’d also ask that, in whatever form you think
best, you *alert your members that we’re now coming down to the to wire*
and ask them again to contact *both* of their Senators (if they haven’t yet
signed both letters according to our tracker
that is). Our champions have set Friday the 19th as the public deadline to
hear from other offices that they’d like to sign on (though they have said
private they will push that into the following week to get more Senators’
John Hancocks so we should *keep asking our people to keep
calling/emailing/Tweeting through May 24th*).  Here’s what’s new:

   - *First*, re: our mobilization efforts, starting on Monday this week
   we’ll be *employing all ALA social media channels to make the loudest
   noises possible* about the final days of the Senate Dear Appropriator
   push. To increase our chances of getting through all the noise on social
   media, we plan to do a series of *targeted prompted posts on Facebook,
   along with accompanying Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr posts*. Some
   posts will share impact stories about LSTA, while others will be simple
   calls to action. In addition to asking people to call, email, or Tweet at
   their Senators, we’ll also be *particularly encouraging everyone to
   tweet Libraries Transform “Because” statements at their Senators with our
   #saveIMLS hashtag* included. We’ll also be reaching out to influencers
   who can help us spread the word. Asking your members to *help us push
   out these messages on social media* as far as their accounts can take us
   would be really helpful!

   - *Second*, the “developments” I mentioned a minute ago are that – as
   you’ve probably seen – *eight major companies jointly wrote to all
   last week* and asked then to sign the Dear Appropriator letters because
   of libraries’ profound economic impact on their businesses and on the
   American economy at every level.  (District Dispatch
   and Publishers Weekly
   both have more details.)  The *still confidential* further developments
   are that, on Wednesday of this week a group of now at least *10 *companies
   – and at least one major DC-based software trade association with 700
   members – will be officially announcing the *formation of the “Corporate
   Committee for Library Investment”* or “CCLi” in a national press
   release. CCLi will then be resending the original letter to the Senate
   with, we hope, many additional companies of all sizes signed on as well.
   Many CCLi charter members also will be directly lobbying Senators to sign
   both letters themselves. *Any company, whether it directly does business
   with libraries or not, is welcome to join CCLi* so we hope you and your
   members will *send any and all of your vendors and other friends in the
   business community to this online sign-on form
   *now* to add their company to the letter and to simultaneously join CCLi
   (no financial commitment will ever be required for membership).

That’s where we stand, folks. If you’d like a message to your members that
can just be cut and pasted into a message from you, please just let me
know.  Also, don’t hesitate to call or email with any questions or
suggestions of

what we can do to assure that, come the 24th,  it’s “51” and *not* “Bust”!
Many thanks again,


PS – For you and your members’ reference and use, state-by-state issue
briefs on LSTA funding and its local uses for FY 2012-2016 for all 50
States and DC <http://www.ala.org/advocacy/state-lsta-funding-history> are
now online.

*********OGR Message to Division Members***********

Thanks again to you and your members once again for your tremendous effort
. . . and success . . . generating support in the House of Representatives
for FY 2018 LSTA and IAL funding in the form of Member signatures on our
champions’ “Dear Appropriator” letters. In just 10 days, we succeeded in
topping last year’s signer totals by 14% for IAL and a fabulous 64% for
LSTA, netting a full third of all House Members
<https://airtable.com/shruwZPRyL5f2CbQS/tbl3v3Ts6KMDMSyJ1> on each

*Now, **we’ve got until just May 19*
– only another 10 business days – to set Member signature records in the
Senate* where Sens. Reed and Collins have circulated a letter backing
$186.6 million in FY 2018 funding for LSTA and Sens. Reed, Grassley and
Stabenow have done the same in support of $27 million for IAL. Based on
many meetings conducted this week with Senate staff during NLLD, it’s clear
that *we must secure the signatures of a majority of Senators – 51 Members
and preferably more – on both the LSTA and IAL letters for FY 2018* if
these vital programs are to have the best chance of surviving Congress’
likely coming budget cuts.

Once again, OGR is maintaining an up to the minute and sortable online
showing which Senators have signed which letter(s). If yours hasn’t already
signed *both *the LSTA and IAL letters for FY 2018 (and only CT, HI, MA,
NH, NJ, RI and VT have “doubled” so far), *please use ALA’s **Fight for
Libraries! webpage*
TODAY* *to contact both your Senators’ offices to* *ask them to sign both
letters on or before May 19*. . . . then do anything and everything you can
to encourage families, friends, customers, contractors, vendors, employees,
casual acquaintances and dog-walkers to do the same!

We set records in the House and I know that, together, we can do it again
in the Senate.  As ALA President Julie Todaro said in a recent email, “We
must!”  Thanks again,


*Adam Eisgrau, Managing Director*

*Office of Government Relations*

*American Library Association*

*Washington Office*


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