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Take a small step with big results – the Mobile Commons app

  • Posted on July 2, 2012 at 10:24 AM

I am passionate about school libraries. I passionately believe we must advocate and share our enthusiasm for all types of libraries with parents, community members, businesses, and legislators. I have served as AASL Legislative chair in the past and attended many a legislative briefing. I have walked the halls in DC and locally to talk to my legislator. I have responded to emails and called, faxed, and emailed when issues rose. Those are things that I did. How about you?

You do not have to take extravagant, dramatic steps to be an advocate. You simply need knowledge of the issue, some words to help talk to legislators, and easy access. With the technology we have available, this has become even easier. You’ll see by the letter from the AASL Legislative chair how to use the new ALA Mobile Commons App.

My question for you is will you? Are you committed and determined to help libraries? If so, try out the new app. When a message comes in (at the most 2-3 expected in a month), respond. Learn, take action, make a difference. You do not have to be a librarian. Anyone can help.

Text “library” to 877877.

Respond to their text with your address.

Easy. Will you do it?

Here’s Connie’s letter:

Hello everyone –
The whole country is gearing up for lots of election activities.  Then as soon as the election is over and the winners are sworn in and moved in… there will be a flurry of legislative activity…. some of which may pertain to libraries, information and privacy matters.

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 Williams

Connie H. Williams
National Board Certified Teacher Librarian
AASL Legislation Chair