Library Advocacy Week 2022

Registration for the Virtual MLA Library Advocacy Week 2022 closes Sunday 2/6!

Please mark your calendars and join us for the Library Advocacy Week starting on February 8, 2022. Like last year, this year’s advocacy event will be completely virtual. Because it is virtual, registration is free. The welcome and orientation will be held via Zoom. By registering for the event you will receive the Zoom meeting invitation information for the event.

Registration for orientation is available here:
The orientation will start at 9:30am and last until about Noon on February 8th. The schedule will be similar to past years: the Secretary of State will speak; we will have comments from our state librarian, Robin Westphal; Randy Scherr will give us a legislative update; and there will be a briefing of the week and what to expect. We will also have handouts, similar to previous years, that we will pass onto membership as a tool to supplement our discussions as soon as those are finalized.

We ask for libraries to schedule visits with their legislators any time after the welcome and orientation virtual event on Tuesday February 8, 2022. Having libraries’ visits during the same week helps unify our efforts and keep libraries on our legislators’ minds as they work on the budget for the next year and other bills. Meetings can be held over the phone though we strongly encourage virtual meetings so that legislators and their staff know the faces of their librarians.

This is a great opportunity to talk with your legislators and share about the amazing work their library does for their community.

The Legislative Committee hopes that, by having a free, virtual advocacy week, this will give opportunities to smaller libraries or libraries that are farther away from Jefferson City. Instead of needing to set aside round trip drive time and having to pay registration, librarians can talk “face-to-face” with their legislators.

If you have any questions, please contact the Legislative Committee Chair, Cody Croan, at ccroanlibrarian@gmail.com.