Library Legislative Day is February 11

Posted by Brigitte Rupp Vacha on Friday, January 24, 2014 in State Legislation/Initiatives

Library Legislative Day is the most important library advocacy event of 2014!


Please join the Wisconsin Library Association and Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association on Tuesday, February 11, at the Best Western Inn on the Park in Madison.

This is your chance to promote the value of libraries and build relationships with your state legislators! 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, volunteers from 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.  All this plus briefing papers and a stellar map of the capitol so you can easily find your way to appointments.

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. 

 An address by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers kick off the morning program at 8 AM, followed remarks by 34th Assembly District Representative Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) who chairs the Rural Schools Task Force and 32nd District Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) who is a member of the legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance.  A Briefing Session by WLA and WEMTA lobbyists will begin at 9 AM. 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION is found at  Your response by January 24 would be appreciated.

 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.


Who are my legislators?

Senators home pages

Senate email directory (includes names of Senate staff members)

Assembly Representatives home pages

Assembly email directory (includes names of Assembly staff members)

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