There are three ways you can be a part of advocacy efforts aimed at increasing legislative support for all our libraries and library systems:
First, Attend Local Meetings with Your State Representatives
If you are unable to travel to Albany, you also have a chance to meet with local representatives when WNYLRC schedules district visits. Most will take place January through March. Updates will be posted here for specific dates, times and location of these visits - you are welcome and encouraged to attend! PLEASE contact WNYLRC if you will be attending any of the visits so we can add your name to the list!
View 2019 leg visits here
2020 Local Meeting Schedule with WNY State Representatives
*Dates and times subject to change!
Second, Write A Letter!
Join WNYLRC's letter writing campaign!
Set up a space in an area of the library with a box of writing materials (pens, pencils, paper, envelopes, etc.) and instructions for your visitors encouraging them to write letters to their representatives supporting State Library Aid in the 2019 budget. Legislators have informed us that handwritten letters -- not phone calls or emails -- are the most effective way for constituents to communicate their needs. Personal stories or anecdotes from visitors in support of your library help legislators understand the effect libraries have on their communities.
WNYLRC will cover the cost of sending the letters that come from your library patrons, and ask that you record the number of letters written weekly so we can send the correct postage. Download the form to keep track of how many letters you receive per week for postage reimbursement! You can also download the detailed instructions for joining our campaign or email Heidi at email@example.com for more information.
We have prizes for the most creative mailboxes you can come up with! Email Heidi (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Caitlin (email@example.com) with photos of your mailboxes! You can vote for the mailboxes here. We will also include them in our Facebook album for consideration. Each "like" counts as a vote - so make sure you share the album and encourage your friends to like your photos! We will award prizes to the library community's favorite mailboxes!
Prizes for the most creative mailboxes are $100 gift cards from Ebsco, Gale, Backstage Library Works or Gaylord.
Download a copy of this poster to display in your library or contact us for a foamboard version of the poster. We have a limited number, so contact us soon!!!
Third, Travel to Albany, NY for Library Advocacy Day
Join colleagues from across the state who are going to Albany, NY on TUESDAY, February 25, 2020, for the annual LIBRARY ADVOCACY DAY!
Visit the NYLA Advocacy page for details on this event
Use the link above and complete an online form to enroll as a Library Advocate, and you will receive e-mail alerts when your action is needed to act on behalf of libraries. Now advocating for your library services can be quick, simple and timely, plus there is no cost to you. Thank you for your support!
Library Advocacy in Western New York
Under the “Government” tab, you can find out how to contact the Governor’s office; find and contact your state representatives; get updates on bills and legislation relating to libraries and more.
New York State Law and Libraries:
Searching NYS Law and Regulations Relating to libraries just got easier! Anyone searching for current New York State law and regulations pertaining to libraries, library systems, trustees, and librarians in New York State can now access this information quickly on the New York State Library's website. This interactive web resource makes components of the State Library publication Excerpts from New York State Education Law, Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Pertaining to Libraries, Library Systems, Trustees and Librarians available in a user-friendly and easy to navigate web tool for users. This interactive site supersedes the 1995 print version and the FTP files of the Excerpts document that has been on the State Library website since 1995.
Use the link above to go for the most recent information on statewide advocacy efforts for libraries including Library Advocacy Day in Albany, legislative priorities for libraries and; access to advocacy tools you can use in your local advocacy efforts.
The American Library Association's Office for Library Advocacy provides information on ALA's Advocacy Institute, federal legislative issues, library funding, and grassroots resources. ALA also reports on federal legislation that impact intellectual freedom and privacy.