ALA and YALSA have some great resources to help you get ready for our upcoming’ Library Legislative’ Day on May 10.
If you need help figuring out what the issues are, and coming up with ways to advocate, try checking out these resources:
- Advocacy Clearinghouse – especially the Advocacy Fact Sheets! But this website also has links to more information about issues of importance to some of the different areas of librarianship, including Academic Libraries, Public Libraries, Lobbying, School Libraries, and lots of other important info!
- The Office for Library Advocacy – links to the Advocacy Clearinghouse, the Advocating in a Tough Economy Toolkit, Tips on Cultivating Your Local Notables, many other resources, and a place to sign up for Advocacy Alerts.
- ALA’s Advocacy and Legislation link also links to many of these great resources, and also provides links to the Our Authors, Our Advocates efforts, the Legislative Action Center (Capwiz), and more.
- Save Libraries in Your State has a website widget you can add to your site, and links to efforts of States that have a state-wide effort of Advocacy.
- If you still need more help, look to your State Library Organization, it’s possible they will have an Advocacy committee that will know of more resources for you.
If you’re going to Washington on that day,
- don’t forget to look at the Get Active in Washington link!
- check YALSA’s wiki for Advocating tips!
- Advocacy Fact Sheets‘ will probably help you too
If you can’t make it to Washington, have no fear, you can still help!
- Tweet your US Senator Google Map!
- Check out YALSA’s webinar: VIPs: Why you Need them for Advocacy‘ (small cost)
- PLA Member Update’ webinar (advocacy is roughly 19:50 min in.) (free)
- ALA’s webinar series about advocacy (Grassroots Advocacy webinar series is free, Advocacy Classroom costs)
- PLA’s Turning the Page Advocacy Training Program ‘ or access it here(free)
- ALTAFF’s Trustee Academy on Advocacy (costs)