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Advocate's Toolbox

港澳台图库provides information, talking points, strategic assistance, and direct support听for library workers听and library advocates听across a range of state and local issues and offers tools to support those efforts.

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Funding icon

Funding

Investments in libraries are investments in informed, healthy, connected, and resilient communities.听

Talking points:

  • For every $1 invested in a public library, the community receives more than $5 in economic benefit--above and beyond the education, small business support, cultural programming, and other services that benefit library users and non-users alike.
  • Libraries are integral to social infrastructure and serve all members of their communities.
  • Libraries transform communities through education, employment, entrepreneurship, engagement, and empowerment.
  • Libraries facilitate听lifelong learning:听nurturing a continuum of literacies across age groups, providing skill-building and technical support for job seekers, helping entrepreneurs launch businesses, preserving a community's history, and offering cultural programming.

Resources:

Visit ALA's page for information on federal funding for libraries.


Broadband iconBroadband

Delivering universal broadband听requires coordination across all levels of government;听libraries and library associations听are key partners in that effort. Libraries are also trusted partners that provide education and decrease barriers to broadband adoption.

Talking points:

  • Libraries are community anchor institutions as defined by the .
  • Libraries are the leading provider of free internet and technology access and training nationwide 鈥 at 17,000 public library branches, at school and college campuses, at bookmobiles, and through hotspot lending.
  • Library workers听understand the connectivity needs, priorities, and concerns of their communities.
  • Policy makers and community leaders should partner with libraries as they assess, plan, and expand broadband capacity.

Resources:

Visit ALA's federal advocacy page for additional .


Civic engagement iconCivic Engagement

Libraries serve as trusted third places that are essential to building community and expanding opportunities for civic engagement and dialogue around issues that impact the community.

Talking points:

  • Libraries foster trusted, nonpartisan relationships with diverse audiences across age and demographic groups.
  • Communities rely on libraries for information, resources and events听that facilitate increased participation听with democratic institutions.
  • Libraries collaborate with elected officials, government agencies, and community partners to increase access to government information and services.

Resources:


Tools

Advocacy Planning Matrix

Elevator Speech for Library Advocacy

Hosting a Virtual Legislative Event tip sheet

听from the National Conference听of State Legislatures

Students Reach Greater Heights with School Librarians

Visit for additional听resources from across the association.