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Lobbying for libraries and the public's access to government information : an insider's view
Abbott-Hoduski, Bernadine E.
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Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [2003]

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vi, 289 pages ; 22 cm
Lobbying for a cause is like creating a quilt -- The cause/quilt must be decided upon and designed -- How to lobby -- Who are the quilters/lobbyists? -- Who should be lobbied? -- A change in the life of a public official can unravel years of lobbying.
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Structured like a memoir, with tips about lobbying interwoven throughout, Lobbying for Libraries is a lively account of one woman's 21-year mission to get funding for libraries to establish systems that improve the way information is distributed nationwide. She offers valuable guidelines on how to lobby as an individual or group, design a bill, communicate with policy makers through traditional and new technologies, and how to influence the legislative process. Hoduski has quilted the fabric of her experiences in policy making into an insightful book that is as entertaining as it is useful.

Author Notes

Bernadine E. Abbott-Hoduski is a government information adviser. She was a professional staff member for Library and Distribution Services, U.S. Congress, Joint Committee on Printing for twenty-one years. The American Library Association Government Documents Round Table established the Bernadine Abbott-Hoduski Founders Award in 1993. In 1995 she was awarded the Public Printer's Distinguished Service Award

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Library Journal Review

A well-focused memory often serves a useful purpose for those who come after. In such a spirit, this book is worthwhile reading for government documents librarians and others who are concerned with public access to government information. Structuring her narrative as a memoir, Abbott-Hoduski, now a government information advisor, recounts her decades-long experience working with Congress (mostly as a staff member for the Joint Committee on Printing) and other entities in the federal government to secure funding for libraries to promote access to government information. Perhaps the clearest message to readers is that much remains to be done, ranging from the perennial struggle to fund the Federal Depository Library Program to ensuring that the public is not further disenfranchised by government information's migration from printed and other tangible publications to the web. The author's perspective is unique and instructive. Recommended for library schools, professional collections, and other libraries with similar interests.-Patrick Ragains, Univ. of Nevada, Reno (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. iv
Prefacep. v
1 Lobbying for a Cause Is Like Creating a Quiltp. 1
2 The Cause/Quilt Must Be Decided on and Designedp. 9
3 How to Lobbyp. 15
4 Who Are the Quilters/Lobbyists?p. 47
5 Who Is to Be Lobbied?p. 111
6 A Change in the Life of a Public Official Can Unravel Years of Lobbyingp. 201
Conclusionp. 259
Appendix List of Library- and Information-Related Associationsp. 261
Glossaryp. 265
Bibliographyp. 267
Indexp. 275
About the Authorp. 289