Year-Round Engagement

Advocacy is a year-round commitment. It’s about cultivating a relationship that earns the trust of lawmakers and wins victories, step by step over time. ALA facilitates year-round advocacy, offering all library advocates tips on how and when to engage. ALA also schedules Hill meetings for its members year-round, whenever they visit D.C., and provides resources to maximize the efficacy of those meetings.

Year-Round Advocacy Activities

  1. Schedule a visit with your legislators’ district staff. It’s a critical way to start or further a relationship with your legislator. Find your legislator’s district office information here.
  2. Let your legislators know your library's economic impact in the community. Personalize the return on investment statement with your library's logo and information and send it directly to your legislators’ offices. [2019 Link Coming Soon!]
  3. Make sure your legislators know how critical federal funds are and how your library uses them. Use our letter template to contact your legislators in support of IMLS and share information about your IMLS grant. [2019 Link Coming Soon!]
  4. Create a Year-Round Advocacy Plan. [2019 Link Coming Soon!]