Advocacy

ILA supports efforts of advocacy for the mission of Iowa libraries.  Whether it’s public libraries, K-12 libraries, college/university libraries, or special libraries like the State Library of Iowa. ILA endeavors to defend challenges to intellectual freedom and the Freedom to Read, while also advocating for critical funding, access to information, local control, and the importance of teacher-librarians in every school.  

The Intellectual Freedom Committee and the Governmental Affairs Committee have long been part of ILA’s framework and diligently work to provide support and resources to Iowa libraries.  Access to assistance, workshops, strategies, and templates are offered not only in reaction to immediate needs, but also as proactive opportunities. 

2022 Legislative Action Days

Tuesday, February 8, 2022: Lobby from Home Day

Contact your state legislator to say "Thank You" and to remind them how important you library is to your community!  They love hearing from local constituents even more than from librarians!  Find a way to get your patrons involved!

Tuesday, March 8, 2022: ILA Advocacy Day 

State Capitol  Law Library,  2nd Floor

2:30pm: Briefing with ILA Lobbyists

3:00-5:00pm Reception with Legislators

Click here to let us know you are coming! Also be sure to let your legislators know you'll be there with this sample letter

Advocacy Tools: 

The Iowa Library Association Libraries Transform Taskforce created six “because” statement postcards focusing on issues related to Iowa libraries for you to use as advocacy tools to help communicate the importance of libraries to stakeholders in your communities. 

ILA encourages you to use these “because” statements as a story starters to share the impact your library has to the community, its citizens, city leaders, and constituents. How can you get involved with this campaign? To become a Libraries Transform Campaign participant, please visit http://www.ilovelibraries.org/librariestransform/user/register to register.

You'll get access to downloadable marketing materials, helpful tips for using the Libraries Transform campaign locally, and updates about the campaign from the American Library Association. Here’s a quick video to get you started with the toolkit:https://youtu.be/RQvAJh9FRWU