Everyone loves libraries – but we can’t live on love alone! NYS Library Aid funding has dropped dramatically in recent years, and we need your help to convince our legislators that libraries matter:
1) Join us at Advocacy Day in Albany on Thursday, February 27, 2014
Meet with your legislators in person to discuss library issues! Free transportation provided. Legislators always listen closely to their own constituents, so it is critical that we bring a diverse group of library staff, trustees, and patrons to help us make our case. Please register today! If you have questions or would like more information, contact Corinne Weible at email@example.com or 607-273-4074, x228.
2) Contact Your Officials
Take a moment now to let your officials know that libraries matter! You can also help promote libraries by putting these buttons on your website:
Contact Your Officials – Email legislators with the click of a button.
Library Value Calculator - Calculate the value of your library.
3) Join the Postcard Campaign and Snapshot Day
Send your legislators postcards to let them know that you need a well-funded library and library system. FLLS provides blank postcards at all member libraries in February, and then delivers these messages in person during our Advocacy Day meetings. You can also support your local library by visiting on NY Snapshot Day, when we collect daily usage statistics for libraries across the state.
Talking Points and Statistics:
NOTE: Updates will be available in January 2014.
- FLLS 2013 Public Officials Guide
- FLLS 2013 Talking Points Flyer
- Quotable Facts About America’s Libraries 2012
- History of Library Aid 1990 – 2011/12
- History of Library Aid 1990-2012 Chart
- New York’s Public Libraries: How They Stack Up
- Webjunction: Community Relations Resources
- Free Advocacy Training Course: Turning the Page Online (PLA)
- Advocacy University (ALA)
- The Small But Powerful Toolkit to Winning Support for Your Rural Library (ALA)
- Library Advocate’s Handbook (ALA)
- Advocating for Better Salaries Toolkit
- Advocacy Glossary
- Public Library Campaigns That Made a Difference
- Grassroots Advocacy 101 Handouts (Rebekkah Smith Aldrich)
- Public Library Vote Toolbox, Mid-Hudson Library System
Marketing and Promoting Your Library:
- Libraries Are Essential: Resources
- Practical Marketing for Public Libraries Blog
- Library Marketing Toolkit Blog
- ALA’s Calendar of Promotional Opportunities
- Add a “Library Value Calculator” to Your Website
- Add a “Contact Your Officials” Button to Your Website
- “Return on Investment” Calculator (Mid-Hudson Library System)
- Media Relations Handbook, ALA
- Find and Contact Local Media
- Photo Release Form (necessary if you show faces of patrons to promote the library publically)