Help Your IFLS Library By Telling Your Story
Use this simple form and question prompts to tell your story. You can tell us about your Explore MORE Passport adventures, your favorite library programs or librarian, your favorite book. We love hearing your stories! It helps us make our libraries even better for you!
Who should advocate?
- A broad mix of individuals
- friends of the library
- resident library users
- local business & community leaders
Effective advocates are educated about the library’s needs, and have a clear message for their audience.
MyVote Wisconsin’s website can help you find information about your voting status, when and where to vote, and what’s on the ballot in upcoming elections.
Find your elected officials:
- MyVote has a search tool with some elected officials searchable
- Maps of all Wisconsin districts are maintained on the Wisconsin State Legislature Legislative Technology Services Bureau
- The Wisconsin Elections Commission has a listing of municipal clerks.
- For some local information, you may need to call your municipal clerk.
Kathy Setter’s Advocacy notes from ALA 2019 Conference.Confidently Negotiating Political and Financial Support for your Library and Planning tool
- Using Social Media, including the Storytelling with Video and Social Media Advocacy checklists.
- How to Conduct a Virtual Library Tour
- Advocacy University
- Frontline Advocacy
- Library Advocate’s Handbook
- Quotable Facts About America’s Libraries
- The Small But Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library
- Library Legislative Day
- Library Development & Legislation Committee has a page with resources.
- NorthStar Economics Study
How do we do it?
- Collect positive comments from library users and share them with your elected officials
.These stories help move local-decision makers about the value of the library to the community.
- Help local elected
officalsby providing reliable information. They have many difficult decisions to make. Give them the information and tools they need to be a library advocate in their govenmentalwork.
- Develop a message that is used consistently by staff, trustees, foundation members and friends of the library. Use the message over and over.
- Create relationships!