Message from KLA Governmental Affairs Committee Chair, Roger Carswell:
At a recent Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC) meeting, it was decided not to hold a traditional Legislative Day this year. This is due partly to logistical problems with the Statehouse renovation, the banning of receptions and similar events in the Statehouse this year, and the relocation of the State Library outside the Statehouse proper for the next 2-3 years.
This does *not* mean that there will be no advocacy efforts. We are encouraging you to invite your local legislators in to a library in their home districts during the week of Nov. 16, and talk to them there about library issues. (Of course, if the suggested week will not work, feel free to schedule the event at a better time). We will be supplying libraries with materials to help plan such an event, and in many cases the regional library systems can help coordinate these events.
We will also be sending out an alert when dates of budget hearings affecting libraries are held (usually we only have a few days' notice), and encourage those who can attend to do so.
There will also be a "Virtual Legislative Day", on which library supporters will be asked to send an e-mail message to their legislators.
Everyone who cares about Kansas libraries is an advocate! We're all
advocates! Library advocacy plays a key role in educating
Kansans about why libraries are vital in today's society.
KLA's Executive Director is the official lobbyist for KLA but our voices
together are what make a difference and catch the attention of legislators.
The Kansas Library Association advocates on library issues. KLA
develops a legislative push card, tracks legislation and keeps association
members and the library community at large informed on the status of bills
related to library issues. Each year, generally in February, KLA
sponsors a Legislative Day at the State Capitol of Kansas to meet with
legislators on library issues. A Kansas delegation also travels to
Washington D.C. each year to participate in
National Library Legislative Day
sponsored by the American Library
How Can I Get Involved In Library Advocacy?
Join KLA if you are not already a member. There is
strength in numbers and the more voices speaking for Kansas libraries the
- Check our new Current Legislation &
Issues page to stay up to date on library issues.
- Be familiar with the push card topics.
- Get to know your elected officials -
Kansas House -
Kansas Senate -
- Participate in organized legislative events including Library
Legislative Day and advocacy sessions at the KLA / MPLA Joint conference April
- Invite your legislator to your library or school for a show and tell
session on the value of libraries.
- Know how to effectively talk to legislators with our Tips
- Visit the ALA District
Dispatch to track federal library issues
in a Tough Economy" Toolkit - a
web based advocacy toolkit to assist libraries during the current ecomonic