Urge Your Legislators to Support Library Funding

Good morning, Missouri librarians!

Our Virtual Advocacy Campaign will be available through tomorrow, March 7th. If you were unable to join us in Jefferson City for Library Advocacy Day, you can still reach out to your legislators through our campaign, found here.

Follow the link and fill out the form. The system will automatically select your local representative and senator. On the next screen, you will see those legislators and the message that will be sent on your behalf. We worked with ALA to create a standardized message to make this first foray into virtual advocacy easy for everyone. All you need to do is click Submit and your message (email) will be sent!

The system is geared toward individual voters with recipients tied to zip codes. If you are representing your library that covers multiple zip codes/districts, contacting your legislators directly through email or phone may work better for you. To find your legislators and contact info, follow the links below:

Missouri Senators – http://www.senate.mo.gov/
Missouri Representatives – http://www.house.mo.gov/sitemap.aspx?pid=16

Thank you for all that you do, and let me know if you have any questions.

Dan Brower

Legislative Committee Chair

Missouri Library Association

Chapter Advocacy Exchange webinar: Libraries and the 2020 Census, Feb. 27

Please join us for our next Chapter Advocacy Exchange webinar:

February 27, 2019 — Libraries and the 2020 Census: 2:00 PM CST – 3:00 PM CST
State and local governments are organizing for the upcoming 2020 Census, and libraries should have a seat at the table. Governors, state legislators, mayors, philanthropic funders and other leaders across the country are forming Complete Count Committees and allocating resources to help get communities get counted. These efforts offer library staff and supporters opportunities to increase awareness of library services, strengthen community relationships, and support libraries’ work related to census outreach. Hear from librarians who have been involved with Complete Count efforts and learn about new advocacy resources from ALA’s Public Policy and Advocacy team.

Our guest speakers will be Michelle Perera, Director of the Pasadena (Calif.) Public Library; Jennie Stapp, Montana State Librarian; and Diane Foote, Executive Director of the Illinois Library Association. We will also be joined by Gavin Baker, ALA’s Assistant Director of Government Relations and Larra Clark, ALA’s Deputy Director of Public Policy.

Register here: https://ala-events.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8mFmAIXSTWqOgiaIAPUqPQ.

Please share with library advocacy leaders in your state.

Missouri Library Advocacy Day Now March 13, National Library Legislative Day May 7-8

state capitol building - image from Missouri Digital Heritage Collection,
http://cdm16795.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/postjc/id/121

Missouri Library Advocacy Day is now March 13. The schedule and agenda are the same as announced previously. Please contact Gerald Books, Chair of the Legislative Action Committee, with any questions.

 

 

Speaking of library advocacy:  Registration is open to join the Missouri delegation to attend National Library Legislative Day in Washington DC May 7-8. If you cannot attend in person, register for Virtual National Library Legislative Day, and get the talking points to make you an effective advocate.

Save the Date: February 6, 2018 is the day to advocate!

Missouri Library Association Library Advocacy Day (LAD)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Jefferson City, MO

Registration information coming soon.

In addition to Library Advocacy Day in Missouri, please also consider National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) in Washington DC, Monday, May 7, and Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Registration and Schedule information coming soon.

  • Liaison Hotel registration will open on December 1, 2017. You can book online (the code for online registration will be posted in December 2017) or call toll-free: 1-888-513-7445.
  • Be sure to reference the American Library Association group when making reservations or provide the Reservation ID: American Library Assn – National Library Legislative Day

Please Note: If you are planning on booking nights outside of our room block, you must book the additional nights separately in order to take advantage of the discount.

Legislative Update Webinars, Coming Up Soon!

[Note: this webinar is not to be confused with the MLA 101, Part 2 webinar on March 21. -Webmaster]

MLA will host State Librarian Barbara Reading and MLA’s Legislative Consultant Randy Scherr for Legislative Update webinars on March 23 and April 20. Tune in to catch up on the legislature’s activity and stay current on topics of importance to the library community. Each webinar will be about 45 minutes, or until all questions are answered.

See the link below to join the webinar on March 23. The webinar will open at 1:45 and the program will begin at 2:00 pm. No registration is required. Audio will be available in GoToMeeting on your computer /device or you can also dial –in for the audio over the telephone.

Legislative Update Webinar – March 2017 
Thu, Mar 23, 2017 2:00 PM CDT

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/518208909 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122

Access Code: 518-208-909 

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