2014 Library Legislative Day
Library Legislative Day...the most important advocacy event of 2014. This 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 11, at the Best Western Inn on the Park in Madison.
The day begins with registration and continental breakfast at 7:30 AM followed by program speakers and a legislative briefing panel before visits to legislative offices begin at 10:30 AM and continue through early afternoon. Representative Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander), Senator Jennifer Schilling (D-La Crosse) and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers have accepted our invitation to participate in the program.
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, members of friends/foundation groups and other citizen library supporters to add to our delegation.
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.
Advocacy topics for 2014 include:
- Library collaboration to support education, employment and economic development
- Sufficient, coordinated and affordable library Internet access and networking capacity
- Library partnerships for early childhood literacy
- Continued support for BadgerLink and other library services through the Universal Service Fund
It is also important for local contacts (letters, phone calls, emails) to be made to legislators in and around Library Legislative Day to support those attending in person.