2019 Library Advocacy Agenda | Support New York IDEALS

Increasing Democratic Engagement through Adaptive Library Services

$200M for Statewide Library Aid

Guarantee Equity for All
Failure to fund libraries has disenfranchised millions of New Yorker's

Access to information is a fundamental human right, and information inequality plagues vulnerable, marginalized, and historically oppressed populations. NYS must guarantee information equity for all New Yorker's through aggressive investment in libraries.
 
Improve Approach to Funding
Support programming needs, inclusivity, & social workers

Libraries are safe, welcoming public spaces that foster community cohesion. However, this current lack of funding leads to fewer programs, less collaboration between libraries of all types, and diminished community resources, threatening New York's communities.
 
Digital Equity Initiatives
Helping libraries address the digital divide

Historically marginalized communities disproportionately confront inequalities in technology training and availability. For a quarter of NY's low-income households, the library is their primary source of internet access. State Library Aid must increase to provide school, public, & academic libraries the tools to address the digital divide.
 
Access to Certified Librarians
Certified School Librarians are necessary for success

New York's students lack universal access to a certified School Library Media Specialist (SLMS), diminishing college-readiness, career opportunities, and meaningful engagement in civic life. State Library Aid must increase to provide every student with access to an SLMS.
 
Literacy & Information Fluency
Connecting all individuals to necessary information

Libraries & librarians work to connect disenfranchised individuals and marginalized populations to information resources they may otherwise be denied. State Library Aid must increase to support the delivery of core literacies to vulnerable adult populations.