Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

EVERYLIBRARY

Riverside, IL   |  http://action.everylibrary.org/

Mission

EveryLibrary is the first and only national organization dedicated to building voter support for libraries. We are chartered “to promote public, school, and college libraries, including by advocating in support of public funding for libraries and building public awareness of public funding initiatives." Our primary work is to support local public libraries when they have a referendum or measure on the ballot. We do this in three ways: by training library staff, trustees, and volunteers to plan and run effective Information Only campaigns; by assisting local Vote Yes committees on planning and executing Get Out the Vote work for their library's measure; and by speaking directly to the public about the value and relevance of libraries and librarians.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

John Chrastka

Main address

Po Box 406 45 E. Burlington St.

Riverside, IL 60546 USA

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EIN

46-1534149

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Voter Education/Registration (R40)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

EveryLibrary is the first and only national organization dedicated to building voter support for libraries. We are chartered “to promote public, school, and college libraries, including by advocating in support of public funding for libraries and building public awareness of public funding initiatives”. Our primary work is to support local public libraries when they have a referendum or measure on the ballot.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Local library ballot committee support

We provide direct support to library ballot committees through a combination of financial resources, campaign consultancy, and technical assistance.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$4,268

Work state library associations on state-specific Save IMLS campaigns, and the American Indian Library Association on a campaign to preserve tribal library funding.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$10,000

Support of school librarian jobs or program budgets in schools and districts across the country. Engage with state school library associations to provide state-specific support to advance their local advocacy agendas.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$10,000

Produce and contribute to online and in-person advocacy trainings across the country. Through regional professional conferences and workshops with local library groups.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$2,367

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

We work with local ballot committees and PAC leaders in support of local library ballot measures, library staff and leadership on effective Information Only campaigns, on specific state legislative measures which impact libraries ability to act as districts, and independently to advocate for specific library initiatives among the voting public. We provide tactical and operational support to local voter awareness campaigns, seed and sustaining monies to local ballot committees and PACs, as well as conducting direct voter advocacy in support of library taxing, bonding, and referendum. EveryLibrary is a non-partisan, pro-library organization with an alignment toward sustaining libraries as they evolve and grow in the 21st century. EveryLibrary is a coalition partner with other organizations, associations, and non-profits that seek to support libraries through public awareness and advocacy.

EveryLibrary helps libraries: LEADING UP TO THE CAMPAIGN -Assist libraries in both the pre-filing and campaign stages of an initiative. -Provide strategic consulting services, voter segmentation advice, and assistance in developing ballot language. -Conduct feasibility studies and assist in setting up a local committee or PAC. -Develop a fundraising strategy for your local committee or PAC. DURING THE RUN OF THE CAMPAIGN -Continue technical and capacity-building consultancy. -Provide direct financial support to the local committee or PAC -Conduct direct voter identification and get-out-the-vote efforts. THROUGHOUT THE YEAR -Build a national database of library supporters -Collect data and conduct research about voter support of libraries and effective tactics to activate supporters -Conduct direct voter and politician education -Educate and train library staff and supporters regarding best political practices for libraries

Everylibrary has resources to ensure that we are able to assist libraries in their political activities including the following action.everylibrary.org provides a set of digital tools for libraries and library organizations to freely use. Webinars through third-party organizations and a number of hosted workshops that allow professional staff to get the training that they need to ensure their library is well positioned for political success in their community. The SaveSchoolLibrarians.org initiative that helps every step of the way, including writing the petition to the local school board and planning a successful coalition plan. The Political Librarian is the first peer-reviewed journal about politics in libraries. It publishes a wide range of opinion pieces, research, and peer-reviewed materials on public policy and tax policy issues for libraries.

EveryLibrary's progress will be tracked through a number of actionable metrics. First, EveryLibrary will work with at least 20 ballot campaigns as well as 20 community organizing efforts each year and it will examine the win and loss rate with a goal of winning library campaigns at or above 80%. EveryLibrary measures the funding won in library campaigns and the estimated Return On Investment for every dollar spent on a campaign by EveryLibrary. EveryLibrary tracks the number of librarians and activists trained to take action on behalf of libraries as well as the number of library supporters identified with a goal of 25,000 trained activists each year. EveryLibrary is seeking to add 250,000 identified supporters to our network each year. EveryLibrary is seeking to find 1,000 one time donors and enlist 1,000 new monthly donors at $5-10 a month each fiscal year.

Accomplishments to date -Worked with nearly 100 library ballot campaigns -Helped libraries win over $265 million dollars in funding through political action and community organizing -Defeated multiple statewide initiatives to defund libraries or hamper librarians -Helped rally support for school libraries and to reinstate school librarians at SaveSchoolLibrarians.org -Built the most powerful digital political action platform for libraries at action.everylibrary.org -Reached millions of voters every year to educate them about the importance of libraries -Educated and trained thousands of librarians and library supporters and activists -Identified tens of thousands of new library supporters -Published an academic journal about politics and libraries Have not yet accomplished -Reach our goal of 1 million new library supporters each fiscal year -Reach our goal of 1000 new one time donors and 1000 new monthly donors each fiscal year

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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EVERYLIBRARY

Board of directors
as of 7/22/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Chrastka

EveryLibrary

Term: 2012 -

Erica Findley

EveryLibrary

Patrick Sweeney

EveryLibrary

Peter Bromberg

EveryLibrary

Brian Hart

EveryLibrary

Peter Bromberg

EveryLibrary

Harmony Faust

EveryLibrary

John Masland

EveryLibrary

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

library, libraries, public libraries, librarians, library advocacy, library funding