The Leadership SIG met at 9:30 on February 3rd to discuss the upcoming advocacy week in March. Joanna Goldfarb of RCLS facilitated this SIG.
Library Advocacy Day is March 2nd 2022, but the event is being held virtually again this year, March 1st through 4th with a backup date of February 28th to meet with legislators.
The discussion of the SIG focused on what Advocacy Day is about and how to become involved in standing up for libraries.
This is an annual event that a number of the participating librarians on the SIG have attended in the past, but not everybody. This year’s concern for libraries is the large cut in the state budget for library construction aid, but the overall purpose is to show how valuable libraries are and connecting with legislators to gain their support.
How do you encourage people to speak up at advocacy week?
It was pointed out that with the event being held virtually, it is easy to pop in on a session to participate. https://www.nyla.org/lad2022/?menukey=advocacy#Librarian/Library%20Worker/Trustee/Friend
How does the Zoom advocacy day work?
What can we do to encourage people to be advocates?
Some suggestions before attending:
The next discussion lead for the SIG will be Elizabeth Portillo, April 27th at 9:30am.