ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, has generously made a commitment to donate $1,500 to EveryLibary's VoteLibraries project if we can get $1,500 in matching donations. Donations can be made at https://votelibraries.nationbuilder.com/bywatermatching2016 to help put ads about voting for libraries in front of 300 thousand Americans through online adspace during the primaries.
Since early 2013, EveryLibrary has successfully supported over a dozen bond, levy, parcel tax, and other referendum campaigns for libraries, helping to secure more than $40 million in stable tax revenue for these libraries. The Votelibraries project will not only convince Americans to vote for libraries, but it will help us accomplish another important goal to improve the political eco-system for libraries. Through this project we will be to identify library supporters and create a database of individuals in the public who love libraries and can be activated during a local campaign to help turn out the vote. This is incredibly important because we believe that more than 200 library campaigns will be fought during this presidential year. If we can provide ballot committees and local PACs with the names of local library supporters gathered throughout the primaries, they can get a headstart on winning their campaigns and improve the funding levels of libraries across the country.
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About ByWater Solutions
With over 10 years of experience, ByWater Solutions offers customized hosting, data migration, configuration, installation, training, support options and development of the enterprise class open source library system, Koha. Offering a 24/7 technical helpline, ByWater Solutions' clients have the support system they need to make their software work for them. ByWater Solutions pledges to share 100% of all developed code to the Koha community for the strengthening and advancement of the Koha ILS. For more information about ByWater Solutions, please visit www.bywatersolutions.com.
EveryLibrary is a politically active organization that is supported by contributions from individuals, corporations, and unions nationwide who believe that libraries matter in our society. You can learn more about EveryLibrary and its work building voter support for libraries at www.everylibrary.org.