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2014 Library Advocacy Day: February 4, 2014

Why Advocacy Day?

Librarians, library trustees and friends from across Missouri come together on one day to meet with State Representatives and Senators to discuss the importance of all libraries -- academic, public and school -- and their contributions to the lives of Missourians.

Through meetings with elected officials, we raise awareness of the importance of State Aide to Public Libraries and the services of the Missouri State Library.

By coming together in Jefferson City on Missouri Library Advocacy Day, we promote libraries in a visible way, and by our numbers, show the importance of libraries state-wide.  Face-to-face discussion is the most effective means of communication and is essential to the establishment of a solid working relationship.

While this event is important, it is only one communication with your legislators.  Your meeting with your legislator should make it easier to contact him/her during the session as issues arise and we ask for your support. Building long term relationships with your legislators is the key to effective communication. This event is a great opportunity to begin building relationships with your elected officials.

Register for Library Advocacy Day

Library Advocacy Day has been rescheduled for March 4, 2014.  The day starts with an orientation session at 10am at the Main Library, Missouri River Regional Library, 214 Adams Street, Jefferson City, MO 65102

2014 Library Advocacy Day Schedule of Events

Registration 9:30am – 10:00am 

Art Gallery, Main Library, Missouri River Regional Library, 214 Adams Street, Jefferson City, MO 65102

Orientation 10:00 – 11:30

  • Welcome by MLA President, Gerald Brooks
  • Comments from State Librarian, Barbara Reading
  •  House Bill 1085 Update by Pam Klipsch, Jefferson County Library
  • Legislative Update by Randy Scherr, MLA Legislative Advocate

Afternoon Visits 1:00pm-5:00pm

  • Individual visits with legislators: Each participating library and librarian is encouraged to schedule afternoon meetings with their State Representatives and Senators.

Ongoing Communication with Legislators: 

The legislative session is very hurried and very stressful for most legislators.  Always try to foster a relationship with your legislators in between sessions (i.e. in the summer and fall).  They are often easier to reach and have more time to visit with you.  Then, building on that relationship, communication during the subsequent Library Advocacy Day is easier and much less awkward.  You can keep up with issues of importance to Missouri Librarians on the Legislative Committee's Legislative Action Center site.

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