The ILF Board of Directors approved its 2018 Policy Priorities, including a continued focus on
initiatives and support for
effective school libraries and certified librarians in K12 education
Q: How does ILF develop priorities?
ILF conducted a detailed policy priority survey in September of 2017. The results were discussed through facilitated conversation at the Legislative Fall Forum on October 5. Attendees prioritized short-term and long-term strategies. The Legislative Committee reviewed the feedback from the surveys and Fall Forum exercises. With input from the contracted lobby firm, the Committee recommended the policy priorities for 2018.
Q: What is the role of the Advocacy/Legislative Committee?
The ILF Advocacy/Legislative Committee reviews policy issues and legislative proposals and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors. The Committee advises the staff and contracted legislative advocates on specific state and federal issues throughout the year. The committee will monitor intellectual freedom issues. During the legislative session, this committee reviews and advises action on specific bills in the General Assembly. This committee is THE most active of all ILF committees.
Q: How do ILF Members and Supporters get involved?
There are many ways for ILF members and supporters to get involved in advocating for libraries. Here is a short list:
- Stay informed. Legislation happens fast in a short session. While the news media covers the most controversial issues, we aim to keep you informed about library issues.
- Attend Third House/Meet Your Legislator meetings.
- Tell your story. Share one great thing happening in your library with your family, friends and colleagues. Or tweet it and include @ilfonline !
- Respond to ILF Advocacy Alerts and Calls to Action.
- Provide outstanding library service. When you wow your patrons, your community values the library.