Hello Jocelyne, I am able to remain on the committee, and am willing to help out as needed. Cheers, Joanne Joanne Hodder, MLIS Faculty, School of Business Library and Information Technology Program Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Waterfront Campus 80 Mawiomi Place Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5 Telephone: 902-491-1231 Fax: 902-491-4885 Email: [log in to unmask] From: APLA-List List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jocelyne Thompson Sent: Wednesday, November 06, 2013 10:39 AM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: [APLA] Interested in joining the Advocacy Interest Group? Dear APLA members: Advocacy was a major topic of discussion at the APLA Executive's fall meeting. Louise White and I have since had the opportunity to review the Executive's priorities and to discuss how the Advocacy Interest Group might be of service. Two projects have emerged, both with a "positive advocacy" spin, to be undertaken by the Advocacy IG under the direction of the Executive. 1. Promotional campaign highlighting the positive impact of libraries: Upbeat fact sheets to be prepared and distributed to key government officials in all four provinces. The idea was prompted by the recent Nova Scotia election. The fact sheets would contain both general information/messages as well as facts and figures specific to each province. The aim would be to have a mail-out next February and to repeat the "exercise" annually. This would allow the association to write to governments with a positive message on a regular basis. 2. 2. Advocacy Prize: The Executive wishes to launch a new APLA prize recognizing great library promotion, the first to be awarded in spring 2014. Libraries would be asked to submit applications, with the Advocacy IG and a member of the Executive acting as jury. If you are interested in joining the Advocacy IG and being involved in these or other advocacy initiatives, please contact me at: Jocelyne Thompson Convener, Advocacy Interest Group (506) 458-7053 [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> ..