The slow economic recovery continues to impact state budgets in general, and library budgets in particular. The Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study team is well aware of the need for data that will help public libraries expand and strengthen their advocacy efforts during this critical time. In response to feedback from state library and public library staff, the team has once again created an advocacy package for use during the current legislative sessions (and beyond).
The package contains the newest data available, gathered from November 2011 survey responses:
- Press Release templates (local and state level)
- Op-Ed templates (local and state level )
- Topic Handouts (click on your state, “State Briefs” on top right) Color graphics comparing your state vs. national, using new 2011-2012 study data.
- Public Libraries & Employment
- Public Libraries & E-Government
- State Profiles: Current selected study data comparing national and state levels (e.g., Internet connectivity speed, average # of workstations) as well as other state-level resources. *Preliminary 2011-2012 profile data will be available April 1.*
The new press release and op-ed templates have been crafted with the focus on the crucial role public libraries play as strategic technology partners for digital literacy and local economic development. The templates can easily be customized for media targets at the local, regional, and state levels.
Download and print the color topic handouts (PDF) for visits with state legislators, as well as local officials. These handouts, along with data on the State profiles (PDF), will also be useful in your communications with your representatives in Congress.
We would appreciate knowing if you have success getting media placement utilizing the templates, or how these materials are being used in your advocacy efforts. Good luck!