Who can be a library advocate? Anyone who cares about Iowa's libraries!
Library advocates play a key role in educating our communities about why libraries and librarians are essential in an information society. While the Iowa Library Association is ably represented by professional lobbyists, the voices heard from around Iowa make the difference in the success or failure of legislation.
There are many ways to become a library advocate:
If you are not already a member, join ILA! There is strength in numbers and your voice, when joined with others, makes us all a more powerful force in Des Moines.
Visit the ILA website for the legislative agenda; legislative alerts; and information about organized legislative activities such as Lobby From Home Day and the Legislative Reception.
Get to Know Your Elected Officials. Invite them to library events and add them to your mailing list. Regular communication with key officials and their staff is important year-round. Legislators who know and understand the value of libraries in their community are powerful friends in Des Moines.
Participate in organized legislative events such as Lobby From Home Day and the Legislative Reception. Regularly check ILA's Legislative Updates to stay up to date on legislative issues.
- teach students to think critically and independently to construct new understanding and insights from varied information sources;
- lead and embrace the integration of technology to enhance learning
- connect communities of learners in virtual and physical spaces
- collaborate with the school community to design and enact rigorous learning experiences and participate as positive digital citizens
- maximize access to quality print and digital resources
- champion and support the reading life of students§nurture curiosity to develop in students a passion for learning for life
- the legislature has already recognized the importance of teacher librarians in the Iowa Administrative Code 12.3(12)
Thank you for getting this important message to your state senators and representatives ASAP!
Legislative Alert on HF2055
ILA Legislative Alert:
House File 2055 (a bill that changes Iowa code to require that public libraries in Iowa provide the checkout records of minor children to custodial parents) will be debated in a legislative subcommittee on Tuesday February 4, 2013.
- Local control of library policy making is a fundamental value of the Iowa library community.
- HF2055 creates a state mandated policy that overrides policies discussed and agreed on by local public library administrators and trustees.
- The State of Iowa should not burden Iowa's libraries with a one-size fits all policy that negates home-town rules.
- Please contact your legislator to let them know that Iowans want to preserve local control of library policies and tell them that HF2055 undermines the long and cherished tradition of local library control in Iowa.
Find your legislators here https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators