Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Library Advocate Tool

A tool for library advocacy from the ALA Washington Office.
How your phone can help you turn into a super library advocate

text library to 877877

Last week, we sent out our first action alert using our new advocacy tool, Mobile Commons. This was an exciting first step because it was our first time using mobile technology with our network of strong library advocates.

Mobile Commons allows us to send text message alerts to our mobile list. From there, our advocates can connect directly to their legislators simply by responding to the text. Mobile Commons also enables us to post click-to-call alerts on our webpages. The alert connects advocates, whether they're on our mobile list or not, to their legislator's office simply by entering their phone number on our page and clicking "call."

During the week of July 30, we used a text-to-call alert and a click-to-call alert to voice concerns over the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. Thanks to groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others linking to our page, we were able to generate over 300 calls into the U.S. Senate in support of amendments that protect privacy online. That type of support helped lead to debate on the bill being halted, most likely for the rest of the session.

As we move forward in this legislative year, I highly encourage you to sign up for text alerts. It's as simple as texting "library" to 877877 or signing up online. It's a great way to stay up to date on library issues and to engage in hassle free advocacy.

Check out the short video on Mobile Commons.

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