Library Legislative Week
Library Legislative Week February 25-March 1, 2109
2019 Legislative Day is February 26.
What is Library Legislative Day?
This is an annual statewide library advocacy event in which library supporters meet with elected officials in their offices in St. Paul. There is a briefing from the MLA/ITEM lobbyist about current activity--hearings, bills under consideration--in the Legislature as it relates to libraries.
Participation in Legislative Day is a great way to get involved to support libraries. MLA & ITEM are ready to provide information and assistance to help you be an effective advocate. In addition to the basic guidelines below, be sure to check the MLA & ITEM websites for updates and meeting opportunities around Legislative Day. You can also use these guidelines to visit with your legislator at any other time that you might be available to advocate.
Why should I attend Library Legislative Day?
Deliver the message about Libraries.
It is important that legislators hear how your library helps people as they learn & play and how library systems help libraries by providing services & infrastructure. School, public, academic, and special libraries all play important roles in their communities especially in difficult economic times. Systems help local libraries serve their users.
Build & strengthen relationships.
Your meetings on Legislative Day are important because they lay the groundwork for future contact with your representatives. You want your legislator to come to you with questions about the needs of your library.
Raise our profile.
When many people gather for a single purpose, we send a strong, visible message to our representatives. Minnesotans rely on their Libraries!
Learn new things.
At the briefing you will learn about legislative activity or legislation affecting libraries to help you prepare for your meetings with legislators later in the day. It is likely you will learn other things, too, from other people there.
Send an important message.
Libraries play a vital role in democratic societies by protecting free and open access to information. The message about intellectual freedom is important for all to hear.
Meet new people & have fun.
Library Legislative Day is hectic and the day can be packed with meetings (and walking). Still, take time to meet other library people there for the same purpose. It is a great experience—see you in St. Paul!