Congrats to John Chrastka and the many others working with EveryLibrary on the EveryLibrary Institute launch. –gp
From an Introductory Blog Post:
We are proud to announce the launch of The EveryLibrary Institute, a 501c3 companion organization to EveryLibrary, the first nationwide political action committee for libraries. As a non-profit organization, The EveryLibrary Institute is dedicated to ensuring continued public and political support for library funding. The core work of the EveryLibrary Institute will be to advance a research and programmatic agenda that strengthens the policy framework for libraries and librarians in the future in partnership. The Institute’s 501c3 charter is aligned with EveryLibrary’s c4 mission of building voter support for libraries, but it functions solely within traditional c3 grant eligibility and spending limitations.
The core work of the EveryLibrary Institute will be to advance an open-access research agenda that is focused on voter and public perception of taxes for libraries, and not on what users experience as users of libraries:
- Bespoke ‘Library Return on Investment’ Studies
- Public Opinion Polling and Analysis
- Voter, Donor, and Support Modeling
- Library Social Media Effectiveness Analysis
- Message Testing, Analysis, and Modeling
- Textual Analysis of Library and Librarian Media Coverage
- Data-mining Local Library Election Results
- Track Long Term Changes in Voter or Supporter Data
- Comparative Analysis of Issues and Voter Beliefs
- Comparative Funding Models
- R&D about New Revenue Sources for Libraries
With our new 501c3 EveryLibrary Institute, we are now ready to partner with foundations, philanthropic organizations, associations, non-profits, and academic institutions to enhance public perception of libraries and librarianship through research-driven direct engagement with American society. Our interest in in developing new understanding of voter and public perceptions to share with the entire library funding ecosystem. We hope to see benefits for library funding accrue at the ballot box, with local and state government, in Washington, D.C., from our partnership-driven work.