Advocating for libraries—even in small ways—is how we help break down barriers to learning and strengthen communities.
Our commitment to library advocacy can be traced back to Gale’s founder, Fred Ruffner, who dedicated his life to advancing information. His passion for libraries was shared by his wife Mary, who suggested sponsoring bus transportation for ALA meetings—a service that continues today.
More than 60 years later, Gale has taken its advocacy efforts all the way to the Capitol. In 2019, along with over 90 librarians and library supporters, Gale leaders met with members of Congress to advocate for library funding. They met with Senator Gary Peters and staffers of Senator Debbie Stabenow and Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence to discuss the importance of federal funding for libraries and how libraries act as infrastructure in the knowledge economy and can drive economic development in their communities.
While we believe in the power and joy of learning, what continues to inspire us as we look to the future are the people behind every library we serve.