February 2, 2024
EveryLibrary launches Libraries2024 initiative to inform voters about the big issues affecting libraries. EveryLibrary, the national political action committee for libraries, today launches the Libraries2024 Initiative, a new voter-facing campaign to promote issue advocacy and civic education about school libraries, public libraries, and the profession of librarianship in advance of Election Days throughout the 2024 cycle. [Full Announcement].
January 26, 2024
Final report Parent Perceptions Survey about Libraries, Librarians, and Book Bans and new whitepaper on Demographics of Book Bans Towns, Cities, and Schools released. The EveryLibrary Institute, a public policy think tank for libraries, released two new reports on the political, social, and educational climate for libraries and on librarians about book bans and censorship. The Parents' Perception Survey Series, developed in conjunction with Book Riot, the largest independent editorial book site in North America, is the final report in a three-part series detailing the findings of national surveys of parents about their perceptions of libraries and librarians during the current book ban crisis. This report gathered insights from 3,206 parents and guardians with children under 18 across three surveys between September and November 2023. The surveys asked parents and guardians about their perception of librarians' trustworthiness as professionals and curators of a library collection and their attitudes toward books and book bans. [Full Announcement].
December 18, 2023
EveryLibrary Institute's 'The Political Librarian Issue 2: Unveiling Library Challenges in Political Landscapes. The EveryLibrary Institute presents the release of the second edition of 'The Political Librarian,' a comprehensive collection offering insights into the pressing challenges and nuanced dynamics encountered by librarians navigating the intersection of politics and library services. [Full Announcement].
November 29, 2023
Most parents rank librarians as trustworthy in new parental perceptions of librarians survey. The "Public Libraries and Book Bans - Parent Perception Survey" gathered insights from 1,527 parents and guardians with children under 18 in two surveys during October and November 2023. The surveys asked parents and guardians about their perception of librarians' trustworthiness as professionals and curators of a library collection. The results are detailed in a new report from EveryLibrary Institute and Book Riot. [Full Announcement].
September 27, 2023
New poll shows large majority of parents think public library book bans infringe on their right to make decisions about reading for their own children. The EveryLibrary Institute, a public policy think tank for libraries, and Book Riot, the largest independent editorial book site in North America, announce the results of a comprehensive survey of parents about their perceptions of public libraries and the current issues that libraries face. The "Public Libraries and Book Bans - Parent Perception Survey" gathered insights from 853 parents and guardians with children under 18 during September 2023. The survey asked parents and guardians to share their experiences and opinions about book bans, their trust in libraries and their understanding of librarians' book selection process, and their feelings on sensitive subjects in children's books, such as sex, LGBTQ+ characters and themes, race, and social justice issues in reading and literature. The survey results are detailed in a new report from EveryLibrary Institute and Book Riot. [Full Announcement].
September 12, 2023
EveryLibrary Institute hosts webinar series: Transforming Library Management with Health in All Policies. EveryLibrary Institute hosts webinar series: Transforming Library Management with Health in All Policies. 3-part webinar series, you will comprehend how Health in All Policies (HiAP) can be applied to libraries. This webinar will also be recorded and available for free on EveryLibrary's website following the event. [Full Announcement].
August 15, 2023
EveryLibrary and Book Riot partner to launch Parent Perceptions Survey on public libraries and current issues. EveryLibrary, the national political action committee for libraries, and Book Riot, the largest independent editorial book site in North America, announce a partnership to launch a comprehensive survey aimed at gathering valuable insights from parents regarding their perceptions of public libraries and current issues facing public libraries. The "Parents and Public Libraries - Perceptions Survey" will allow parents to share their experiences and opinions, contributing to improving and developing library services. [Full Announcement].
July 14, 2023
EveryLibrary releases comprehensive report on 2023 Legislation Impacting Libraries. EveryLibrary, the pro-library organization with an alignment toward sustaining libraries as they evolve and grow in the 21st century, is proud to announce the publication of their latest report titled "Unpacking 2023 Legislation of Concern for Libraries." This comprehensive report delves into the state-level legislation that has a significant impact on libraries across the United States. It aims to provide crucial support and assistance to state library associations in their future legislative advocacy campaigns. [Full Announcement].
July 5, 2023
EveryLibrary launches Fight for the First pledge to defend First Amendment rights nationwide. EveryLibrary launched a “Fight for the First” pledge to highlight federal, state and local elected officials' commitment to defending the First Amendment. Candidates and officeholders are invited to pledge to commit to supporting the First Amendment rights of all Americans. This includes reading, access to information through libraries, and the ability of every parent to determine what is appropriate for their own children. EveryLibrary is asking candidates and officeholders to champion public libraries and school libraries, oppose book bans, fight against criminalizing libraries, schools, and museums, and lift up the work librarians do every day in diverse communities. [Full Announcement].
June 28, 2023
Roger Rosen, Chairman of Rosen Publishing, joins Board of Directors of EveryLibrary Institute. The EveryLibrary Institute, a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting library advocacy and funding, has announced that Roger Rosen, Chairman of Rosen Publishing, has joined its Board of Directors. [Full Announcement].
Every Library Institute presents cutting-edge webinars for empowering library professionals. EveryLibrary Institute, committed to the growth and advancement of library professionals, is thrilled to announce its dynamic lineup of webinars designed to empower and equip librarians with cutting-edge knowledge and skills. With a mission to enhance the capabilities of library staff and foster innovation within the field, EveryLibrary Institute has curated a series of webinars that cover a wide array of relevant and engaging topics. The institute understands the evolving nature of the library landscape and recognizes the need for librarians to stay ahead of the curve. Through these webinars, attendees will gain invaluable insights and practical strategies to navigate the ever-changing challenges and opportunities in the industry. [Full Announcement].
June 20, 2023
Roger Rosen, Chairman of Rosen Publishing, joins Board of Directors of EveryLibrary. The EveryLibrary Institute, a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting library advocacy and funding, announced that Roger Rosen, Chairman of Rosen Publishing, has joined its Board of Directors. [Full Announcement].
June 12, 2023
EveryLibrary Institute relaunches its Political Librarian OA Journal. The EveryLibrary Institute announced the relaunch of its open-access journal, The Political Librarian, after a hiatus. As the only peer-reviewed publication dedicated to the politics of libraries and library funding, The Political Librarian plays a crucial role in shedding light on the challenges faced by librarians and providing valuable insights into navigating the complex landscape of library advocacy. [Full Announcement].
May 3, 2023
EveryLibrary Institute releases report on Per-Capita Funding for Libraries and Public Services. The EveryLibrary Institute, a non-profit public policy organization for libraries, has released a new report entitled "Funding Our Priorities: Comparisons of Public Library Funding and Services with Other Sectors in Post-COVID America." The report examines the current state of library funding in the US, analyzes trends and patterns in library funding, and provides recommendations for policymakers, library leaders, and advocates to ensure sustainable funding for libraries. [Full Announcement].
April 12, 2023
Fight for the First: EveryLibrary launches action platform to defend First Amendment Rights against book banning and Censorship. The First Amendment is under attack. A startling increase in book banning and attacks on public libraries is taking place across the country, attacks frequently backed by powerful organizations with extremist political aims. One chilling example is the 20% loss of voter support for libraries in the last 10 years (according to the latest Awareness to Funding report). Even more alarming, these unprecedented attacks frequently target members of marginalized and historically disenfranchised communities, such as people of color and members of the LGBTQ+ population. EveryLibrary launched a beta version of Fight for the First eight weeks ago. In that short time, more than 20,000 Americans have signed dozens of local and statewide petitions against book bans and censorship in the United States. This platform has helped local organizers win in places like Glen Ridge, New Jersey. It helped activists build a campaign against legislation in Utah. It's helping local community members fight against book bans in Rapides Parish in Louisiana. It is now ready for public release. [Full Announcement].
March 15, 2023
Long Ridge Action Fund renews support for EveryLibrary in protecting First Amendment rights in libraries. Long Ridge Action Fund, a leading philanthropic organization committed to supporting social justice and civic engagement initiatives, announced that it is renewing its funding commitment to EveryLibrary, the national political action committee, to aid its work defending the First Amendment and the right to libraries in the United States. Long Ridge Action Fund's donation will support EveryLibrary's ongoing efforts to promote and protect the free flow of information and ideas in public libraries. Specifically, the donation will be used to fund anti-censorship campaigns through Fight for the First, its new direct advocacy and education platform, and local pro-library alliances in communities across the country. [Full Announcement].
January 20, 2023
New policy brief about state obscenity laws targeting libraries and education. The EverLibrary Institute is releasing a new Policy Brief "Opposing Attempts to Criminalize Libraries and Education Through State Obscenity Laws" to help state library associations anticipate this legislation and properly prepare to oppose unnecessary politicized changes to settled state law. [Full Announcement].
January 9, 2023
The EveryLibrary Institute is excited to provide public access to the San Jose State University iSchool's interactive map. The EveryLibrary Institute is excited to provide public access to the San Jose State University iSchool's interactive map. The map will help researchers and job searchers understand the requirements to become a school librarian in each state. The project also includes data from the SLIDE Project regarding school library/librarian ratios by state and as well as national reading scores for further opportunities to understand relationships between required school librarians, school libraries, etc. and academic achievement. [Full Announcement].
November 9, 2022
Voters Approve Most Library Levys, But Two Libraries Face Closer Following Defunding Campaigns. Voters in sixteen states were asked to decide on the future of their libraries last night in over 55 elections tracked by EveryLibrary, the national political action committee for libraries. Overall, support for library funding renewals, building projects, and district measures were high. From Ohio and Michigan to Colorado, Texas, and California, voters endorsed funding measures during a very uncertain civic and social climate for libraries. However, two libraries were defunded following significant censorship and book ban campaigns and face significant cuts or closure. With reporting slowed down by mail-in counting in some jurisdictions, a full count will have to wait. [Full Announcement].
September 29, 2022
Library Advocacy and Funding Conference (LAFCON) 2022 reframes political action and organizing for libraries. The Library Advocacy and Funding Conference will help library leaders and advocates build new skills and better networks to address long-standing problems with library funding in communities and schools. On September 26 -28, 2022, EveryLibrary and the EveryLibrary Institute hosted LAFCON 2022 to help librarians stand up to defend the core principles of librarianship and equip themselves to overcome politically motivated attacks on education and our anchor institutions. [Full Announcement].