Speak Up! Speak Out! Speak For Libraries!


Thank you for Supporting Libraries!
Please take a moment today and reach out to Senator Shaheen to thank her for supporting LSTA and IAL for fiscal year 2019. Due to her leadership, level funding for these programs is now heading to the full House and Senate. https://www.districtdispatch.org/2018/07/fy-2019-house-committee-approves-level-funding/ 
 
House Appropriations Committee approval of level funding for critical library programs Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL).
 
Link to her website, where you can send in a comment or email: https://www.shaheen.senate.gov/
 
Even better, just take a minute to call her Washington office and leave a message of thanks: (202) 224-2841
 
It is always important to thank people after they have taken on a task that you have asked them about. Please use one of these methods today and reach out to Senator Shaheen to express our thanks for her support of libraries in NH and the US.

 

UPDATE ON ADVOCACY ACTION TO RESTORE NET NEUTRALITY
July 24, 2018: Representative Mike Coffman, R-Colo., took a big step to protect the open internet. In POLITICO this morning, he announced he would be signing on to a request for House leadership to hold a vote on the Congressional Review Act to restore strong, enforceable net neutrality rules.​

Congressman Coffman is the first Republican in the House to sign on to the CRA, a benchmark awaited by sponsors and advocates alike. The CRA passed with bipartisan support in the Senate, and its passage in the House will also require the support of legislators from both parties.

With his move today, Coffman is showing real leadership in representing public opinion and the will of his constituents; outside Washington, D.C. net neutrality is not a partisan issue. Read more ...

 

HOW TO CONTACT NH REPRESENTATIVES
You can contact representatives by email, fax, phone or letter at the contacts below.

https://shea-porter.house.gov/contact
http://kuster.house.gov/contact
https://www.hassan.senate.gov/
https://www.shaheen.senate.gov/  

 

ADVOCACY RESOURCES

New Hampshire Congressional Representatives 2018
 

"Libraries change lives and are essential to a democratic society." 
ALA Declaration for the Right to Libraries  PDF Document and PDF Poster 

Calculate the Value of Your Library (from the ALA "I Love
Libraries Initiative)

NH Supreme Court decision re: librarian is employee of Library, not the Town 
Littleton vs Taylor

The Small But Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library http://www.ala.org/offices/olos/toolkits/rural
 
NHLTA Legislative Advocacy Guide: a handbook of information and tips on the process of establishing advocacy positions.
NHLTA Legislative Advocacy Guide
 
How a Bill Becomes a Law Information: How a Bill Becomes a Law.
 
NH State Government Website: http://www.nh.gov/nhinfo/bills.html.
 
How to Find Your Legislator: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/housemembers.html
 
American Library Association's Advocacy (ALA) section: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/

What is the IMLS?
The Institute of Museum and Library Services published a short history on their 20th anniversary in 2016.

MISSION: The mission of IMLS is to advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development.

VISION: A nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities.

Why is IMLS important?
LINK to the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants-to-States page. New Hampshire's InterLibraryLoan (ILL) service is partially funded by an IMLS/LSTA grant. READ State Librarian Michael York's article on ILL service in New Hampshire.

 


Grass Roots Advocacy in Action! 

Not your Grandmother’s Library Any Longer
Read about the current trend in libraries as they move to re-identify themselves in the twenty-first century. The shift is on from a repository of books to a repository of assets. You can now checkout musical instruments, telescopes for star gazing, binoculars and bird-watching handbooks. Read more on Marketplace on Minnesota Public Radio.

Peterborough Library at the Polls
The Peterborough Town Library set up informational tables at the polls. The goal of the project was to increase visibility of library programs and services, as well as sign up residents for library cards. Director Corinne Chronopoulos said "We signed up 23 residents for library cards and had plenty of conversations about services and programs."
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Howe Library, Hanover, celebrates the year in a letter to the editor. Reach out to your community using this easy effective method and advocate for YOUR library. Our thanks to Library Director Mary White for sharing her suggestions and letter.