Maine Library Association

The mission of the Legislative Committee 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 Committee 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 (June)

    Check in with your supporters (15 minutes of planning can help keep your message focused)

    Reach out to your local advocates and supporters. If you have time to talk with them, ask them what they value about what your library adds to the community.

    Most library budgets are on the local ballot for the next fiscal year in June. Pretty much whatever library you work in, the budget is being decided by voters. Craft a quick email message or record a quick video to your supporters (boards, volunteers, library users) reminding them that their vote is important and their voice matters.

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