Bestselling Author Nora Roberts Donates to the EveryLibrary Institute to protect the First Amendment in Libraries

The EveryLibrary Institute, a national nonprofit focused on public policy and libraries, is proud to announce that bestselling author Nora Roberts and the Nora Roberts Foundation have made a generous donation to support the launch of Fight for the First, its new advocacy and organizing site with a mission of protecting the First Amendment in libraries across the country. 

ELI Endorses the SHLB Coalition Policy RoadMap for Community Anchor Institutions

The SHLB Coalition aims to ensure that no student, patient, or library patron suffers from inadequate internet connectivity and to promote investment in high-quality broadband for Community Anchor Institutions like libraries - and especially their communities.

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.