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Your IFLS staff person to contact with questions about advocacy is John Thompson.

Tell your library love story

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?

  • Librarians
  • A broad mix of individuals
    • trustees
    • 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. 

Other Resources

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. More election resources:

Kathy Setter’s Advocacy notes from ALA 2019 Conference.Confidently Negotiating Political and Financial Support for your Library and Planning tool

ARSL Advocacy Resource page

Advocacy 101 with Jim Tripp, webinar Recording 

ALA Resources

WLA Resources

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 officals by 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 govenmental work.
  • 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!