Tell your elected leaders what matters to libraries
Advocacy is a major ILA function, and we influence public policy in many different ways. The goal of the ILA Legislative Action Network (LAN) is to establish a network of library supporters who will directly and personally contact public officials at key points in the legislative process.
Members of LAN are asked to contact their local public officials and ask them to support ILA’s public policy position. This may be as simple as asking them to vote YES or NO on a particular bill. It might also include making them aware of a major issue and asking for their support. It might even be that a local official has taken a position harmful to libraries and he or she needs to hear why libraries are opposed.
LAN will be most effective when its members have first established a strong relationship with their local and national public officials. The power of the network is that public officials will hear directly from local constituents. Constituents that they know and trust on library issues.
We invite you to make the important commitment to become an advocate for libraries. ILA will also make a commitment to you. When asked to make contacts to public officials, we will tell you when, who and why. We will give you the information you need to make the most effective contact. We will respect your time, and only ask you to make a personal contact to a public official when it is crucial to our advocacy effort. “LAN Alerts” will be timely, targeted, and thoughtful.
Libraries have a great story to tell, and especially in these difficult budget times, we can't expect our elected leaders to support our needs unless we let them know what matters to us!