Virtual Meeting Appointments
Who: Legislators, library staff, library patrons, library boards, Friends of the Library groups
What: Schedule a 15-30 minute meeting with your legislators
Where: A virtual meeting platform such as Zoom, WebEx, Google Meet etc.
When: Legislative week – February 21-27th.
Why: To advocate for state legislative support for libraries
How: Select 2 to 4 people* as speakers in order to keep the conversation focused, yet allow the legislator to hear from multiple perspectives, but feel free to "fill" the virtual room with lots of supporters.
In order to be respectful of the legislator’s time, we encourage you to attend meetings with your regional library cohort. If you need assistance getting in touch with your regional public library system, please contact Legislative Chair, Sarah Hawkins.
Setting up the meeting:
Email your legislator or legislative assistant.
Subject line matters: Virtual meeting regarding library legislation
Less is more! Save the details for the virtual meetings. "I am asking for 15 minutes on your calendar to discuss library legislation."
Be prepared that the legislator will ask you to set up the virtual meeting and send them a calendar invite.
Thank the legislator for meeting with the group
Tell about something positive that happened in your library in 2020
Address the library legislative priorities
Finish with a legislative ask (reference specific bill numbers if you can!)
Again, thank the legislator and all of the participants for their time.
*Ideas for speakers: Regional library system Director/staff; Library Director/staff; Library Board President/Member; MLA Legislative Chair, Chair-Elect, or Past Chair; City Council representative; Friends member; library user