Tag Archives: Advocacy

Tips on Connecting with the New Congress – From Stephanie Vance

The ALA Washington Office held a webinar on November 19, 2012 in which Stephanie Vance (The Advocacy Guru and keynote speaker at MLA 2012) gave an update on the recent elections and tips on how to connect (about library issues) with the new Congress (113th).  The video was recorded and is available at the following link, which also includes some additional materials referenced in the video.

Save the Date for MN Library Legislative Day at the Capitol

From: Mark Ranum, Director of Plum Creek Library System & MLA Legislative Committee Chair Elect

Please SAVE THE DATE for Minnesota Library Legislative Day at the Capitol.  We will be gathering on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 for our annual lobbying day on the hill.

Please share this date widely with library staff, boards, trustees, supporters, and advocates!

More details to follow.  As always, there will be an evening briefing on Tuesday, March 5 at 5 PM at a location near the Capitol and a morning briefing on Wednesday, March 6 at 9 AM in the MN Judicial Center room 230.

14 Ways Public Libraries Are Good for the Country

An oldie but a goodie, this information has been offered before in other venues. It resides on the iLoveLibraries.org site (an initiative of the American Library Association). This little list is a great source to review so you have a solid set of talking points as we move into new relationships with legislators. You always need to have your “elevator speech” ready!

It is sometimes harder (takes more time too) to explain and speak to the virtues and issues of special, school, and academic libraries, because without a full explanation about funding streams and mission, it is easy jump to a conclusion of redundancy. But most legislators fully understand public libraries, a well-loved, well understood concept. The concise little list of 14 is available at http://tinyurl.com/8ryvrfx 

*The list linked to in this post originally appeared in the Librarians Books of Lists (Chicago: ALA Editions, 2010).

CMLE Pilot Shadowing Program

CMLE provides support services to 319 libraries/media centers in twelve counties of Central Minnesota. We work with college librarians, special librarians (hospital, prison, historical socities) and public librarians. It is probably no surprise that the  largest group are our 265 media centers. All libraries have a variety of services and focus areas, but it is within the media center  group that we see the most variety. Some schools have district level media directors in addition to  media specialists in each school. Some schools have no media specialists. And, in some schools, the media specialist has a tight focus within the media center only, in other schools, the media specialist is taking the lead on moving the district into the one-to-one (1:1) computing world! And, as you can imagine, we have everything in between too!

CMLE is in a perfect position to understand these variations and identify meaningful relationships and partnerships between our different library types. And we strongly believe that all types of librarians have similar goals, yet different ways of going about the work they do. This academic year, we will be piloting a shadowing program. We believe that there is power in walking in someone elses shoes for a day; shadowing them to see what is entailed in a typical day. We will help arrange opportunities for librarians to spend a day with a different type of libraian. We believe these shadowing experiences will help us understand what we all have in common, and enable us all to speak about  libraries using one voice. We believe it is possible that all librarians may very well have the same goals; falling along the lines of education! Are you interested in a shadowing experience? Let me know at papost@stcloudstate.edu

LISNews Librarian Essay Contest

  Have something to say about libraries or the library profession? Want the chance to win an Amazon or Borders gift card?

 Visit this link http://lisnews.org/node/37272/ for information on how you can participate in the August LISNews Essay Contest.

 The only requirements are that you write an “essay length” document and that your essay is in some way (whether round-about or direct) about the impact of libraries and librarianship.

To review previous essays, visit this link … http://lisnews.org/essays/

 Check it out!