Minnesota Library Advocates
This site is intended to assist both newcomers and old hands advocate for Minnesota libraries of all types. The goal is to provide a one-stop spot for information about what is going on in the current legislative session, an overview of how Minnesota libraries and systems work together to meet the needs of all Minnesotans, how to participate in Library Legislative Day, and an introduction for those who may be new to advocacy. For more information, visit: https://sites.google.com/view/minnesotalibraryadvocacy/home
View the 2018 MLA/ITEM Platform.
Legislators want to hear from constituents. Sharing stories about libraries, library programs and the role the library plays in everyday lives can help legislators see the impact libraries have on individuals and communities.
CRPLSA will launch a statewide Minnesota Loves Libraries campaign in January – just in time for the 2017 legislative session. Here is how it will work:
- Library customers will be asked to complete either a paper or electronic postcard.
- Libraries will collect the postcards and deliver the original to their respective regional library headquarters no later than January 27, 2017.
- Each postcard with a local address will be sorted by legislative district and shared with the correct Senator or Representative on Minnesota Library Legislative Day.
CRPLSA works cooperatively with the Minnesota Library Association, Information and Technology Educators of Minnesota, the Multitype Library System Directors and Minitex to advocate for quality library services. Representatives from these organizations jointly prepare an annual library legislative platform outlining initiatives for consideration by the Minnesota Legislature and the Governor.
During the legislative session, CRPLSA will undertake advocacy activities on these and other library issues. More information in the form of talking points and info-graphics will be available during the legislative session.
CRPLSA also offers a multiple-year history of library legislative platforms, talking points and info-graphics.