My library is important to me, so please send an e-mail when my library needs help, or when libraries in general need my support. I am willing to contact my elected officials to let them know how important library resources and services are to me and my family.
Importance of IMLS & LSTA Funding
The White House budget calls for the elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the only federal agency charged with providing support to libraries and museums. Eliminating the IMLS would subtract a total of $231 million–$183 million of which are Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the three-legged stool of federal, state, and local funding support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Read about the impact to Bridges Library System and Wisconsin here.
State Budget Request for Increase in State Aid to Library Systems
State aid to library systems has allowed library systems to improve our state’s public libraries. Library systems oversee coordination and collaboration among state libraries and provide important services. Funding to the state’s library systems was reduced by 10% in 2011 and was increased for the first time as a part of the 2017-2019 state budget. You can read more about the request here.
Wisconsin Library Association’s Position on Cross County Payments
The Library Development and Legislation (LD&L) Committee of Wisconsin Library Association prepared a position paper regarding the cross county payment system that was enacted into law with Act 420. County payments across county borders is a critically important issue to libraries throughout the state. You can read that position paper here. See a newer document that explains the issue in color here. In black and white here.
Guide for Setting Up a Candidates’ Forum
Informed citizens are key to democracy! The library, as the most important source of information in a community, can offer citizens the opportunity to meet and hear from local candidates prior to an election. Learn how to do that here. See a sample press release here. Sample questions can be found here.
Library legislation AB572/SB491 (the “Public Library Data & Technology Training Bill”) is now pending legislation. This law would expand current programs in the Department of Administration and Department of Public Instruction to include public libraries as potential eligible participants. Read more here and at the WLA website here.
Wisconsin Library Association Seeking Donations and Pledges for Advocacy
Click here to join the effort to help Wisconsin Library Association fund library advocacy. The Wisconsin Library Association makes our libraries stronger. Help them be strong!
Legislators of the Bridges Library System Area
Click here to find the list (with links) of all the legislators in the Waukesha and Jefferson County area that encompasses the Bridges Library System.
Wisconsin Library Association’s Legislative Day
This day is held annually in February. Click here to learn more about past events.
Using Impact Data in Advocacy
Learn more about how to use data to demonstrate the impact of what your library provides to its community here.
Impact of Libraries
Telling the Library Story
Here is a wealth of information for how to tell the library story from the state library of Iowa.