Library Legislative Day

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Best Western Inn on the Park
Madison, WI

Add the most important advocacy event of 2015 on your calendar: Library Legislative Day is your chance to promote the value of libraries and build relationships with your state legislators. Join WLA and WEMTA (Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association) on Tuesday, February 17 at the Best Western Inn on the Park in Madison.  

Whether your constituent community is an academic campus, a K-12 school, a municipality, or museum, law firm or hospital, your legislators need to hear from you about important library issues!

WLA and WEMTA are particularly interested in recruiting library trustees, school board members, members of friends/foundation groups and other citizen library supporters to add to our delegation.  2015 is an important year because the biennial budget will be under discussion.

Participate in Library Legislative Day to learn what is important to public officials and, in the process, position yourself as a resource on library issues. Appointments will be made for you and others from your legislative district. Background materials and briefing provided in advance give you talking points on the issues. Professional lobbyists will provide tips on having an effective meeting.

Stay tuned for additional information about the 2015 program speakers and State Legislative Agenda!

Legislative Day Agenda:

7:30 a.m.                       Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.     Program Speakers
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.   Briefing Panel
10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.   Visits to Legislators 

Hotel Accommodations

Rooms are available at the Best Western Inn on the Park, 22 South Carroll Street. Call 800.279.8811 OR 608.285.8000 to make reservations. Please identify yourself as being part of the "Wisconsin Library Association Library Legislative Day 2015 Block."

Rooms are $94 (1-4 people) or $114 for suites, plus tax of 14.5%. Cutoff for hotel rooms is January 17.


Some parking is available onsite at the host hotel, or park in a city ramp.


Who should you register to visit on Library Legislative Day?

Seats for all of the Assembly districts and the odd numbered Senate districts were up for election in 2014.  Senators in the even numbered districts remain the same.  The Capitol web pages will not be updated with new legislators and office addresses until January when the new legislature is sworn in.

Verify your senate and assembly districts at the Wisconsin Government website here.

Who are the new members of the legislature? Check the 2014 Election results by districts, courtesy of the Miwaukee Journal Sentinel.  Please note that this source ws posted November 5; in the 85th District, where Republican Dave Heaton will become the representative, Republican Todd Novak was elected to represent the 51st District.  Can't find your assembly district? That's because your representative did not have an opponent!

Locate home addresses for senators-elect and representatives-elect who do not take office until January here at the Government Accountability Board website page for registered candidates.


What We Know about Wisconsin Libraries (PPT)
Do's and Don'ts of Communicating with your Legislators
Capitol Map

Demystifying Library Legislative Day  Moderated by Leah Langby from Indianhead Federated Library System, this archived webinar from January 10, 2014, features panelists Karen Furo Bonnstetter (Woodville Public Library), Michael Norman (IFLS board member) and Kris Adams Wendt (Wisconsin Valley Library Service consultant, co-chair of Library Legislative Day, co-chair of WLA’s Library Development & Legislation Committee). Library Legislative Day is fun! Learn how to find your inner advocate and gain the confidence you need to promote the value of libraries and build relationships with your state legislators!  Find out how to identify citizens and trustees to accompany you from your library-loving community, and visualize success as panelists walk you through preparation and the day itself.