Weathering the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Audit
Ensure your patrons have access to the latest technology and your library is successful in the ECF audit storm with our upcoming webinar, Weathering the ECF Audit.
Public Library Board Preparation about the Right to Read
As public institutions, public libraries are subject to a range of laws and regulations that affect their operations, policies, and collections.
The EveryLibrary Institute's 2022 Annual Report
The EveryLibrary Institute is focused on engaging policymakers, funders, and the American public about libraries and librarianship. In 2022, we stood with library leaders who faced new challenges from politicized book bans and censorship while we continued to shape public policy through our research projects, whitepapers, and training partnerships. Through our targeted marketing and advertising on social media, we reached over one million people each week with stories about libraries and librarians. We are committed to providing high-quality direct support to librarians and library workers to help them set a course for stability and success in the future.
Review of Recent Book Ban Polls and Voter Surveys
The EveryLibrary Institute is collecting and analyzing polling and surveys about book bans, anti-access legislation, and the perception of libraries/librarians to help advocates quickly find and interpret results. We have compiled six high-quality voter-facing polls from 2022 conducted by issue advocacy groups, new media, and research institutions for your review.
New Policy Brief About State Obscenity Laws Targeting Libraries and Education
In the 2021-2022 legislative session, three states changed their obscenity laws to allow for the prosecution of librarians or educators. In 2023-2024, we anticipate that many legislators whose bills failed the last session will reintroduce language in this session and anti-access activists will be inspired to sponsor their own regressive initiatives.
New Interactive Map of School Librarian Requirements and Outcomes by State
The EveryLibrary Institute is excited to provide public access to the San Jose State University iSchool’s interactive map to 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.
ELI in the News 2022 - July to December
The EveryLibrary Institute is focused on building a policy and funding framework that supports libraries in schools, communities, and campuses around the country and abroad. We are happy to be recognized and noted in the news - both within the library sector and the popular media - as commentators and experts in the our field.
Model "School Library Database Procurement Act" Released
The EveryLibrary Institute has collaborated with Georgetown University Law Center’s Intellectual Property & Information Policy Clinic (“iPIP”) to research and create the "School Library Database Procurement Act", new model legislation to help safeguard state library database contracts and student access to information.
ELI Joins Collaborative Amici Brief About Access to Public Laws by the Public
The EveryLibrary Institute is proud to join a collaborative amici brief filed by Library Futures alongside the Authors Alliance and Public Knowledge in "American Society for Testing and Materials, et al. v. Public.Resource.Org", a case currently pending in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.
New Policy Report on Anti-Access Database Legislation
The legislative playbook attacking state library database contracts was developed and tested in the 2021-22 legislative session in unprecedented ways. Anti-access and anti-library organizations advanced several bills targeting these school databases by criminalizing the content - and the librarians who curate it.