Monday, July 21, 2014

Communicating with your legislators

Do you have a relationship with your local representative? Do they know how students are impacted by Teacher Librarians and their library programs?

Legislators can only focus on what they hear from their constituents. They need to hear what we teach, how we help students and teachers, how we lead in technology integration, and our vision for Iowa's School Libraries.

Call, tweet, email, or have coffee with your representatives. Prepare a short anecdote about your experiences in your school community - better yet, share a story from a student or teacher who has seen what library programs can do for you.  

Collect a few statistics to share about your program - especially if you could compare it to a school with or without a strong library program.

Not sure what to talk about with your legislator? Check the IASL website for our legislative agenda, position statements on issuing affecting Iowa, or our Advocacy Toolkit for ideas.

Want to know if your legislator is on Twitter?  Check the spreadsheet here!

Another great avenue for communicating with legislators is letters to the editor. Get your message into local opinion pages and they will hear it!