Marketing, Advocacy & Funding
Happy National Library Week! The New York Library Association has provided a letter that you can send to legislators through their Online Advocacy Center. From NYLA: "This year's theme is "Communities matter @ your library." Celebrate NLW by taking a few minutes to send a quick message to your governor and representatives. Let them know how important libraries are to you and your community. Your message will make a difference!
Libraries continue to be busier than ever helping individuals, families, students, seniors, etc. But as we know, public libraries, school libraries, and academic libraries struggle to maintain budgets, staff, and resources to serve the needs of their communities.
State governments provide much needed funding for libraries to offer public access to the Internet for everyone, resources for individuals, families, job seekers, and small businesses, homework help, and much more.
If you agree with Walter Cronkite - "Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation." - why not share a personal story about how your public, school, or college library makes a positive impact in your own community. For example, relate how much your children depend on their school libraries to help them succeed in school, or explain how much you depend on your public library to connect you to information you need.
Encourage your friends, family, and colleagues in your state to take this opportunity to support libraries in their communities, too!
"Thank you for taking the time to make a difference."
Send a letter to your legislators with a few clicks in the NYLA Online Advocacy Center: http://bit.ly/131HRFf