Advocacy Tools and Resources

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Advocacy Tools and Resources

Congratulations Library Supporters! The 83rd Legislative Session has concluded, and libraries earned some important victories.

Lawmakers increased library funding by $7.5 million dollars. To learn more, go to Texline 297.

Let us know what YOU know!

Click HERE to report on advocacy activities!

Click HERE to report on library champions!

You can use this form to let us know of library champions in your community!


The Declaration for the Right to Libraries Movement

Check Out TASL's New Advocacy Page for School Librarians!

OVERVIEW SHEET OF ISSUES (PDF): Use this one-pager to discuss state library funding requests


Texas Public Libraries ROI Study: The State Library just released a new study showing that for every $1 spent in Texas on public libraries, the return on investment was an astounding $4.42!

Promoting Our Values, Proving Our Worth Toolkit: A Realistic, Concrete Approach – Julie Todaro, Chair, PR & Marketing Committee

New for 2013! Move beyond the past by asking the hard questions and finding answers that work today. A sampling of topics covered includes reframing critical inquiries, creating a culture of measurement and assessment, using data effectively, and making your case to decision makers.

OCLC Reports and Publications on Libraries

Pew Internet and American Library Project (from the Pew Research Center) - Studies on Libraries, Reading, and Technology Use

Sample Letter

Template Resolution

PowerPoint Presentation on Library Funding Cuts (8MB)

See the TLA PR Toolkit, Section IV, which is dedicated to advocacy and contains other samples and templates.

VIDEO: LIBRARIES IN ACTION (YouTube): Overview of activities at a library, developed by Beth Krippel at Harris County Public Library.

VIDEO: MIDDLE SCHOOL KIDS LOVE READING AND LIBRARIES (YouTube): TLA PR Branding Iron Award Honoree, this video really shows how the school community really rallies around the school library.

NTRLS tools and videos on advocacy

Amazing article on the value of libraries and TexShare - Librarian Deborah Halsted facilitated the piece.


Resources and Links

ALA Advocacy Site: Contains many excellent toolkits

On using persuasive letters to engage elected officials

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Created on Aug 9, 2012 | Last updated May 20, 2014