Maine Library Association

The mission of the Legislative Advocacy Group is to advocate for legislation that is favorable to libraries and to empower MLA members to be strong voices for all Maine libraries: public, K-12, college/university, and special libraries.

MLA advocates for critical funding, access to information, local control, broadband access, digital equity, net-neutrality, and the importance of teacher librarians in every school. We are here to defend challenges to intellectual freedom and the Freedom to Read

The MLA Legislative Advocacy Group will

    • Partner with the Maine State Library, the American Library Association, and the Maine Association of School Libraries (MASL), to identify legislative objectives and priorities. 

    • Track state and federal legislation and keep MLA members and the library community informed on bills related to library issues. 

    • Work to increase advocacy engagement among Maine library workers by offering workshops, regular publications, and updated web resources.

    • Work with the Maine State Library, MASL, and other partners to sponsor a Library Legislative Day.

    • Support MLA participation in National Library Legislative Day to build relationships with elected officials.

    • Survey membership on legislative priorities. 

    • Increase awareness and use of storybanking opportunities in MLA membership profiles to improve advocacy efforts.

    For more information contact Amy Stone. 

    Advocacy Tip for the Month

    Create a snapshot that they will remember (15 minutes of prep time that can really help you focus)

    Put together a list of handouts you have ready and see what needs updating or is missing.

    Do you have a new program you’re excited about? Or even better, a new program or service that your community is excited about?

    Make sure you have something that you can easily give to your elected officials that highlights your impact on their constituents.

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