Checklist for Library Advocacy
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- Consult with the library staff to define problem
areas for your local library regarding current and
pending legislation and local legislative support.
- Develop a clear, specific strategy with limited,
easily understood objectives regarding those areas or
persons you wish to influence. One or two action
items a year is realistic.
- Find ways to communicate your story. Form a
communications task force; don't hesitate to ask for
pro bono help. Illuminate the issue. Produce a
one-page fact sheet as a hand-out.
Consider everyone in your community as a potential
ally. "All politics is local."
- Ask politicians to be of assistance. Work with their
staff. Work with potential candidates for office.
Use any method you can: hand-delivered notes, phone
calls, letters to local media, telegrams. Use the
resources of the Friends to find local connections to
- Keep in touch and involved with the opposition. Keep
issue oriented; don't personalize the conflict. The
next issue may be one you agree about.
- Plan immediately for the next issue, taking advantage
of what was learned.
- Establish permanent contacts with political staff.
The personal touch is very important.
Source: Friends Of Libraries USA.
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