Have a concern that you want the presidential candidates to address? Raise your voice!
Jim Rettig, the president of the American Library Association, recently sent the following plea to librarians:
“On Tuesday, October 7, one of the three 2008 Presidential debates between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain will be held at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. This debate will be a town hall format moderated by Tom Brokaw. The moderator will call on members of the audience as well as select questions submitted online.
During this election year, we are looking for librarians and library supporters from across the country to call attention to the value of today’s libraries in our communities, as well as the issues the library community is facing. We encourage all ALA members to submit questions. The Commission on Presidential Debates has partnered with MySpace to create a new Web site, www.MyDebates.org. This site will become available in the days leading up to the first Presidential debate on September 26. The more questions submitted, the more likely a library question will be asked. This is an opportunity for the library voice to become an important part of the 2008 Presidential election.”
Starting on Thursday, September 25, you may submit your question. The website also lets you find the candidate you are most aligned with on the issues, such as education and homeland security. You will be able to watch the debates live on the site; or, if you miss the debates, you can watch them in their entirety or relevant clips of the candidates on specific issues later.