An Open Letter from an MN Legislative Day Veteran

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Hello, Library Friends: 

arol-walsh-blog.jpgIf you haven’t already, I strongly encourage you to register and make other preparations for MLA/MEMO Library Legislative Day. The big day, Wednesday, March 6, is quickly approaching!

The presence of library friends at the Capitol really makes a statement. This is a great opportunity to share library success stories with your legislators, demonstrate the value of your library and friends groups – and thank legislators for their ongoing support.

Attend Library Legislative Day at the Capitol consistently – and I’ve been doing this for more than a dozen years – and you’ll build a good rapport with legislative decision-makers.

It’s easy, it’s fun and you don’t have to go alone. Talk with your library director and see if you can get a group of library supporters together. Pre-registration is open through the end of this week.


Carol Walsh
Board Member - MALF
Advocacy Committee - Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library


Nominations Now Being Accepted For MALF Evy Nordley Award; $1000 Top Prize

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Friends groups are treasured by Minnesota’s libraries not only for the financial support they lend or the advocacy and promotion efforts they provide, but also for the original ideas and innovative projects they generate on behalf of the library and its goals. This goes double in a state like Minnesota, where grassroots Friends communities are many and robust.

In recognition of this fact, MALF established the yearly Evy Nordley Award for Best Project By Friends of Libraries in 1998. Named after one of the organization’s founders, MALF’s highest honor is a vehicle through which member Friends groups can share their replicable ideas and success stories with peers throughout the state. Top prize is $1000 and a custom plaque. Two runners-up will receive $250 and a Certificate of Recognition.

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Friends of the Library Eligible for Special NLLD Award and Stipend

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Are you a Friend of the Library intrigued by the lobbying opportunities and learning potential associated with National Library Legislative Day (NLLD), but put off by the price tag? Consider applying for the 2013 WHCLIST Award, conferred each year to one conference attendee to cover accommodation expenses (plus a $300 stipend to help defray other costs). Nominations are now being accepted.

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Registration Now Open for National Library Legislative Day 2013

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For nearly four decades, library advocates from a wide variety of professional backgrounds and from all corners of the country have gathered annually in Washington, D.C., for National Library Legislative Day (NLLD). The event (or, more accurately, series of events) has grown apace – particularly in recent years, with budget and personnel cuts looming large in many states. As it stands now, it is not an overstatement to call National Library Legislative Day the linchpin of the library advocacy calendar.

Last year, over 400 participants made the trek to receive a customized training in lobbying from industry professionals and to meet with their state’s representatives in Congress to talk over concerns and opportunities pertaining to libraries.

Many of the skills and experiences thus acquired can be applied upon returning home, in contexts ranging from routine city council meetings to statewide efforts (like Minnesota Library Legislative Day.)

If any of the above this sounds relevant to your work and interests, mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 7 and review registration details now! Registration just opened, and will remain so through Friday, April 26.

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Mark Your Calendars for MLA/MEMO Library Legislative Day

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Posted by jim under Advocacy,Advocacy

To most, organizing a cohesive, state-level lobbying effort seems a daunting - even herculean - task. Advocacy of this sort requires a healthy budget, substantial time and labor, and reams of insider knowledge on the legislative process. Or does it?

On March 6, MLA and MEMO are bringing together library patrons, volunteers, staff and trustees from throughout Minnesota on the Capitol grounds in St. Paul to show support and raise awareness for issues facing Minnesota libraries. For library Friends, this is the perfect introduction to the world of lobbying.

Goals for 2013’s “Minnesota Library Legislative Day” include securing funding for library facilities and services in all corners of the state and advocating for intellectual freedom in public libraries.

Click here to preview the MLA/MEMO Library Legislative Platform. Click here for more information on the day’s itinerary, and to pre-register.

For more information:

  • Click here to learn more about MLA’s year-round slate of legislative activities.
  • If you’re feeling inspired, click here for a crash course on National Library Legislative Day. This year’s national event is scheduled for May 7-8.