ALA Prez Mitch Freedman on TV this weekend!

Steve Fesenmaier passed along this note from Mitch Freedman, who says This is the worst financial situation in my memory for libraries around
the country, and the communities and states in the U.S. ALA is gearing
up this campaign to make the public aware of the impact of funding
cutbacks on libraries:


\"This weekend the Wall Street Journal Report will have a segment on the
funding cuts for America\'s libraries. It is a syndicated show, so the
time it is broadcast locally varies. Consult your local newspaper or TV
schedule. In the New York City area the show will be broadcast on NBC,
Channel 4, at 6:30AM.

I\'ve been told by the CNBC people who came out for to the Ardsley (NY)
Public Library to film the library\'s interior, patrons, & myself that
there would probably be a few sound bites from the Ardsley visit, as
well as the other places & people they filmed, and the whole segment
would probably be in the neighborhood of 5 minutes or so.

The story was triggered by the AP article which appeared around the
country on December 31st about cutbacks in libraries. For those who may
not have seen it, here is a link to one version of the AP story.


http://www.mjfreedman.org/librariesinbind.html


We are building up momentum for the Campaign to Save Our Libraries. For
those who are attending Midwinter, please come to the Rally at the
Philadelphia Convention Center, Room 114, Friday, January 24th, from
12-1pm. Details on the program are sparse for the moment but we expect
to have some authors and other prominent people. We are inviting a
great deal of press coverage, so it would be good to have a good-sized
audience in attendance. Room 114 is an auditorium that holds 600
people.


This is the worst financial situation in my memory for libraries around
the country, and the communities and states in the U.S. ALA is gearing
up this campaign to make the public aware of the impact of funding
cutbacks on libraries. The issue of library staff salaries will be a
part of the funding message. The Presidential Initiative for Better
Salaries & Pay Equity will continue to be an organization priority.
That priority will be a part of the overall need to Save Our Libraries.


This is one of those times where we each have to personally commit
ourselves to advocacy and hard work on behalf of our libraries and
colleagues.


All the best,


mitch


to check for time locally, use MS Explorer to log on to this page -
http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/CNBCTV/TV_Info/P8377.asp \"

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